Better known for its fine restaurants and wonderfully old-school ambience, Dempsey Hill may not be on top of your list for furniture shopping in Singapore, but you’d be surprised by both the quantity and quality of local furniture shops available at Dempsey Hill. Making full use of the large spaces that the old colonial buildings of the area offer, shop owners have turned their spaces into awe-inspiring showrooms for wide varieties of furniture collections and home interior designs.
We’ve come up with a list of stores that you just have to drop by, whether you’re looking for western-designed or Asian-inspired furniture and homewares. The furniture stores at Dempsey Hill also boast works by local designers as well as pieces imported from overseas. Look out for some great antique galleries and edgy interior design businesses as well, that promise to inspire any home décor enthusiast.
Asiatique Collections. Inspired by founder Chin Chelliah Bottinelli’s travels, each piece of furniture, home accessory, artwork and jewellery at Asiatique is handpicked from around the globe and curated into sophisticated collections that fit perfectly into any home. The home furnishings boutique places a strong emphasis on clean, elegant lines and varied textures, featuring materials such as shagreen, petrified wood, parchment, bronze, glass and stainless steel, all of which come together to create a relaxing feel of a calm sanctuary. Asiatique also carries an impressive range of jewelery and accessories, including local labels such as Marilyn Tan Jewellery. 14A Dempsey Road Dempsey Hill. Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 7pm.
Design Intervention. Unlike many interior design houses, Design Intervention doesn’t believe in a ‘One Size Fits All’ philosophy when it comes to homes. Just like clothes, homes ought to display the owners’ personalities and styles, which, obviously, differ from person to person. That’s why the Design Intervention team boasts a diverse portfolio, with 12 different nationalities between them and a myriad of different experiences. From London apartments and Bali villas to French countryside and Australian beach homes, Design Intervention has done them all, so you can expect one of Singapore’s most comprehensive range of design styles, on top of bespoke furniture, furnishing fabrics, wall coverings and all other things home-related. 75E Loewen Road Loewen Cluster (Tanglin Village).
Em Gallery. Get in touch with Asian cultures and sensibilities with Em Gallery by owner-cum-designer Emiko. Her experiences living in Japan, London, and now Singapore have inspired a keen love for indigenous arts and cultures, which seeps visibly into her designs. The gallery offers a great collection of Asian-inspired furniture, arts, antiques and other interior decorations, not just by Emiko, but also by other artists who specialise in traditionally made products infused with modern concepts so as to preserve the indigenous arts of Southeast Asia, while keeping products accessible for customers. 16 Dempsey Road Dempsey Hill #01-04/05. Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 7pm.
John Erdos Home. If the name ‘John Erdos’ sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because his furniture designs and accessories have caught the eye of celebrities such as Giorgio Armani, Julia Roberts, Helen Hunt, Susan Sarandon and many others, with many of his designs found in such celebrity client homes. Here, you’ll find furniture made of solid, reclaimed teak wood, Tibetan wool rugs, Georg Jensen home accessories and art works by both local and international artists. The Dempsey store also happens to be the Singapore and Malaysian agent for Australian brand Porter’s Paints. 7A/7B Dempsey Road Dempsey Hill. Open daily 10am-8pm.
Woody Antique House/Woody Teak Collection. As its name suggests, Woody Antique House offers beautiful antique furniture made of teak specially sources from areas in China, Mongolia, Tibet, India and Myanmar. This means you get a wide variety of collections such as Chinese Antiques, Burmese Teakwood Indoor and Outdoor Furniture, Indian Antiquities, Resort- Styled Hyacinth and unique homewares and accessories to accompany. Antiques aside, Woody Antique House also produces upcycled furniture from old Elmwood and Teakwood pieces that can be customised to your exact specifications. 13 Dempsey Road Dempsey Hill #01-05; 15 Dempsey Road Dempsey Hill #01-12. Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10am – 7pm.