Starting Pomelo Home from their own living room almost a decade ago, Raymond and Karina Quah have since moved from their original home retail space to a 1,453sqf showroom on the 10th floor of Tan Boon Liat Building, and now to an even larger space three floors up. What was originally a hobby has now been transformed into a steadily growing business for the couple.
Designed by Atelier M+A, the new 2,800sqf showroom offers more space for the store’s range of designer furniture and accessories from almost 20 regional and international brands, including Kedai Bikin from Malaysia, Modernica from the US and Muuto from Denmark. With a varied selection of sofas, armchairs and coffee tables to smaller accessories like vases, wall hooks, lamps and artwork, there is a unified contemporary and Mid-century modern-inspired look throughout. Many of the pieces sport a touch of nostalgia, while still looking timeless and relevant in stylish, modern homes.
The odd-shaped showroom space works to the store’s advantage, with a dedicated entrance foyer showcasing the latest pieces available up front. “We styled it up to look like a living and dining room space to allow customers better visualisation,” shares Raymond. Full-height wall panellings serve as an impressive backdrop for the careful curation of furniture pieces while visually leading customers into the store.
“There’s a level of craft in every piece that is chosen in our store; we always believe in good design that is well made,” says Raymond. Prices are kept affordable, too. “There’s only one piece of furniture in the store that costs a five-figure sum,” he says of the Matthew Hilton Russet leather sofa from Case Furniture.