Singapore is known for being rather multicultural, which means you do get a hefty dose of westernised products. But the city-state remains proudly true to its Asian roots, so rest assured that there are plenty of Asian-oriented shops around for you to explore – and furniture stores are no exception.
Whether you’re looking for ceramics by Singaporean potters, modern Chinese furniture, or Indian-styled restorations from pieces during the colonial times, we’ve got it covered. Here’s our list of stores that feature distinctly Asian-inspired furniture pieces:
Art Trend Gallery. Whether you’re looking for traditional or contemporary designs, Art Trend Gallery is sure to inspire. From Ancestor Portraits to Burmese Buddha Statues and Lacquer Ware, the store has a huge range of Asian pieces for you to choose from. Best of all, if there’s something you like, but you prefer it in a different colour, material or design, they’re able to custom-make a piece to your specifications. 7C & 9 Binjai Park, off Dunearn Road. Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 10.30am–6.30pm.
Bowerbird Home. Bone Inlay Furniture has always been a source of intrigue and beauty, with its intricate patterns and elegant motifs. Not only do they exude an oriental charm – they are also commonly associated with India, thanks to their distinct flora-inspired patterns. So it’s incredibly exciting that Bowerbird Home sources Bone Inlay pieces such as dressers, bedside tables and drawer chests. And for those who are a little squirmish about Bone Inlay, the furniture store also has Mother of Pearl Inlay to Linen-covered Chairs, Inlaid furniture, lamps, trays and many more.
China Collection. True to its name, China Collection offers Chinese antiques that have been sourced for over the long period of a decade. Expect a lovely mix of antique furniture and interior accessories handpicked by their team stationed in China. Their goal? To provide a range of unique interior pieces where everyone can find a piece that suits their individual needs perfectly. 20 Malcolm Road. Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 10am–5pm; Sun 12pm–5pm.
FairPrice Antique. As a rising furniture hub of Singapore, it’s only natural that Tan Boon Liat Building in Tiong Bahru would have a couple of Asian Furniture stores in its midst. FairPrice Antique imports quality Chinese antiques such as replica stone Buddha statues direct from China. The store turns to one and only one supplier, which means you’re guaranteed quality and authenticity for every piece found in their shop. You even get to customise your choices, thanks to their wide network of interior designers and architects. 315 Outram Road #01-10, Tan Boon Liat Building. Opening Hours: Mon–Sun: 12pm–5pm.
Journey East. Journey East features plenty of vintage pieces and home accessories from Asia, such as Dutch Colonial and Javanese works that boast wonderful craftsmanship, as well as intricate and nostalgic designs. With a strong focus on being environmentally friendly, the store encourages the purchase of vintage pieces, as it is, in a way, a form of recycling, and does well to keep wastage low in our increasingly prevalent throwaway culture. 315 Outram Road #03-02, Tan Boon Liat Building. Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 11am–6pm; Sun & P.H.: 11.30am–6pm.
Past Perfect Collection. Sime Darby Centre may be better known for iconic homewares stores Originals and Verandah Living, but its latest addition, Past Perfect Collection, is a force to be reckoned with as well. You’ll find great Indian style restorations, and the largest collection of quality antique furniture from the colonial days of India. That includes pieces from the British, Dutch and Portuguese era in India – plus they have antiques that are of authentic Indian styles, untouched by European influences. 896 Dunearn Road #02-01D, Sime Darby Centre. Opening Hours: Tues–Sat: 10am–6pm; Sun: 11am–5pm (closed on Mon and P.H.).
Piece of Mine. Specialising in Asian and Asian-inspired home décor, accessories, ceramics by Singaporean potters and fashion, Piece of Mine is a lifestyle home boutique with a philosophy in sustainability. The store offers in-house designed upcycled and restored items, as well as interior design services for both residential and commercial projects. 16 Mohamed Sultan Road. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 12pm-7pm.
Taylor B. Fine Design. There is hardly a place with as extensive a selection of Asian Furniture as Taylor B. The store has four floors of handcrafted furniture and homeware pieces from all over the region, which means beautiful traditional designs of countries such as Vietnam, China, Thailand and Bali. Despite the variety available, you can be sure the owners don’t skimp on quality – each and every piece is handpicked so you are assured authenticity and uniqueness for every piece. 43 Keppel Road. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am–6pm; Sat 12pm-6pm; Sun: 1pm–5pm.
The Shophouse. With 16 years of experience under its belt, The Shophouse has grown into a thriving Interior Design house with a retail arm that boasts a great collection of modern Chinese pieces. Here, you’ll find furniture pieces that use traditional Chinese joinery – a furniture building technique that does away with nails and screws. As evidence of its success over the years, the store just opened a new outlet at Tanglin Mall and prides itself in well-crafted products and personalised service. Outram outlet: 315 Outram Road #07-03, Tan Boon Liat Building. Opening Hours: Mon–Sun: 9am–6pm. Tanglin outlet: 163 Tanglin Road #03-08A Tanglin Mall. Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 9.30am – 8pm.
Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. Don’t be put off by the overtly jungle-like feel of Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. Beyond its rustic appearance is a wonderful collection of Asian pottery. Think pots, vases, stools, lamp bases, plates, umbrella stands, statues – you name it, they’ve got it. They’ve even got clay workshops and tours where you can catch a glimpse of their dragon kiln, one of the last two remaining in Singapore. 85 Lorong Tawas, off Jalan Bahar. Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm daily