New stores and brands are popping up all over town. We tracked them down to show you what they offer
The four-petal plum fl ower silhouette, found on the Scene Shang logo as well as its products, symbolises strength and perseverance.
Find contemporary Asianinspired homeware and furniture at Scene Shang’s first brick and mortar store. Its pieces incorporate elements of the Ming dynasty, as well as Western-style influences such as Art Deco. The brand’s latest collection includes a dining set made of marble and ash wood, which made its debut at Maison & Objet this year. Scene Shang also brings in products that echo its design principles, such as glassware from Japanese brand Kinto and Middle Kingdom pottery from China. Where: 263 Beach Road, tel: 6291- 9629, www.shop.sceneshang.com
Some of the items available at Scene Shang are banker lamps, bookends, and postcards of Art Deco-style buildings photographed by co-founder Jessica Wong.
A customised rug by The Rug Maker makes the perfect backdrop for Scene Shang’s signature stacking storage system, as well as its leather armchair.
Founders Pamela Ting and Jessica Wong strive to create modern heirloom pieces, such as this rattan rocking stool.
This dining chair features a plastic string back, inspired by similar chairs from the 1970s.
IPSE IPSA IPSUM
This Singapore-based design brand offers bespoke statement pieces, which are not only sophisticated, but functional as well. A sideboard with a swivel cocktail shelf, an elegant quartz side table-cum-stool, and a multifunctional coffee table with a white quartz top are part of Ipse Ipsa Ipsum’s first collection, and are available for customisation. The brand prides itself on creating furniture that stands out from conventional designs. Where: #01-14 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, www.ipseipsaipsum.com
Our Pick: Armoire, a freestanding vanity cabinet, $8,100
Made in Singapore, this plush velvet sofa features customisable cushion confi gurations, and a removable tray.
Materials shoppers may choose from include rocks like quartz and agate, as well as leather and wallpaper.
Armoire is a vanity cabinet with jewellery trays, a mirror, and a hidden drawer, but you may also customise it into a wine cabinet.
SP01 BY SPACE
We already love the luxurious designer furniture available at Space, but the brand has now launched its own made-in-Italy furniture collection. The SP01 range was conceived in Australia, where the brand is from, and designed by renowned Milanbased award-winning studio Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners. It consists of globally inspired contemporary furniture, and includes sofas, armchairs, dining tables and coffee tables made using solid ash timbers. Where: Space, 77 Bencoolen Street, tel: 6415-0000, www.spacefurniture. com.sg, or www.sp01design.com
Our Pick: Etoile side and coffee tables, from $1,790
The SP01 range includes Max, a plump Italian sofa with generous proportions and soft, curved contours.
The three-legged Etoile tables are available in lightwood as well as pastel shades.
Local design studio Supermama has officially launched its flagship store. It works closely with traditional craft facilities in Japan to produce omiyage (contemporary giftware) which represent Singapore culture, so look forward to quirky items such as dishes with HDB void-deck chess table motifs, and knick-knacks reminiscent of the iconic dragon-head playground! Where: 265 Beach Road, www.supermama.sg
Our Pick: Supermama’s porcelain tableware, from $20
The store not only retails giftware and knick-knacks for the home, but also apparel, bags and eyeware.
Supermama curates and designs pieces inspired by local culture, as it would like everyone to be able to own a piece of Singapore’s heritage.
Supermama’s series of affordable porcelainware, Singapore Icons, was awarded the President’s Design Award for Design of The Year, in 2013.
Carrying a new Dutch furniture brand, HK Living, Make Room has moved into a larger 2,000sqf unit in Tan Boon Liat. The clean North European-style furnishings, which include shelving systems, rugs and small home accessories, also come from Danish brand Madam Stoltz, wall decoration label Ixxi, and local brand Concrete Everything. Expect Make Room’s own furniture line soon! The shop also offers interior styling services. Where: #11-09B Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, tel: 9113-1274, www.make-room.net
Our Pick: HK Living wicket hanging chair, $480
The 2,000sqf space is home to Make Room’s retail space, as well as the offi ce of its interior design outfit.
These wicker bar stools are from HK Living, the latest brand available at Make Room.
From soft furnishing items like rugs and pillows, to larger furniture items such as dining tables, you will find them all here.
“We have a diverse collection of mid-range furnishing pieces, in eclectic and industrial styles,” says founder Barbara Fritschy.
Do not be intimidated by the fancy shop front – the designer brands in this 7,000sqf showroom are more affordable than you think, says founder Suresh Nandwani. Royal Interiors carries over 180 European designer labels, including Zanotta, Trussardi, and Jab Anstoetz – and each piece in the showroom has been hand-picked for their individuality and artistic value. What’s not in the showroom can be ordered. You will find everything, from candle stands and lamps to leather armchairs. New products are brought in every month, and some of them can be customised. The store also offers interior styling services. Where: #06-07/08 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, tel: 6299-0701, www.royalinteriors.com.sg
Our Pick: Henry Dean glassware, from $140
We love the leatherupholstered seat and clean lines of the TR Sit armchair and ottoman, by Italian fashion house Trussardi.
For an elegant touch to the home, consider these handmade and mouth-blown glass vases made by the skilled artisans of Henry Dean.
The Serip Glamour wall light, handmade in Portugal with bronze metal and hand-blown glass, is a unique statement piece to be admired!
Arete Culture’s newly expanded store is arranged according to the spaces of the home – hallways, living and dining, and bedroom – as well as colour, so shoppers will easily find what they need to spruce up their home. In addition to home accessories and wallpaper, there is also a range of furniture pieces – with designs inspired by its own soft furnishing line, The Luxe Hotel Collection. Think natural finishes and distressed whitewashed looks; customised pieces are promised to reach you in just three weeks. Where: #06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, tel: 9640-3829, www.areteculture.com
Our Pick: Linen & Moore pillowcases, from $121
See how you can mix and match Arete Culture items, in this cosy bedroom setting.
These Linen & Moore pillowcases – available only in Arete Culture – are available in fabrics such as velvet, linen, and silk.
The store carries candles from Maison by Amanda Dyer, in three scents: calm, focus, and play.
FUNNY MUSEUM BY DANIEL WANG
Bring home decorative curios and rare finds, sourced from all over the world – including India and the UK – by former engineer Daniel Wang. The store, which is by appointment only, is also home to taxidermied animals, leather chesterfield sofas, and kooky art pieces made by Daniel himself, such as the Ram Head Pistol statue and the Walking Typewriter. Daniel also takes customisation requests. Where: #10-16 Eldix Building, 11 Mandai Estate, www.fb.com/funnymuseumbydanielwang
Our Pick: The Walking Typewriter, $150
The Funny Museum by Daniel Wang stands out from the surrounding stores and offi ces – just look out for its bright turquoise doors!
Do not expect the ordinary here; walk away with a one-ofa- kind display piece for your home.
The Walking Typewriter was put together by Daniel himself, who has an engineering background.
Sourced from all over the world, you are sure to fi nd something rare and quirky here!
Run by Dutch expatriate Maud Felius, online store Belouk gives vintage chairs a new lease of life. The brand specialises in reupholstering furniture, with fabrics from the Netherlands and Singapore. Visit Belouk’s showroom to see its eclectic and rustic collection of coffee tables, ceramic lamps, and accessories such as the Buffalo Head stand. Where: 16 Adam Park, tel: 9668-1420, www.belouk.com
Our Pick: Chair ‘His’ in blue velvet, $995
Belouk pairs the beauty of vintage pieces with the lush appeal of velvet, in its latest series of reupholstered furniture.
Chair “His” in blue velvet is just one of the many styles Maud worked her magic on.
Antique dining tables made of elm wood.
HOMES TO LIFEF LAG SHIP
Homes to Life’s four-storey building, its flagship store, is a one-stop shop of over 20 home and lifestyle brands. Whether you are looking for living, dining, or bedding brands, they are all available here, in diverse styles and price points. You can even customise your sofa, using a wide range of upholstery materials, and for size and configuration. It’s not just a shopping destination either, as there are lifestyle areas such as the Tasting Bar, which offer a complimentary cuppa to walk-in customers, to complete the shopping experience. Where: 65 Mohamed Sultan Road, tel: 6635-5050, www.homestolife.com
Our Pick: Haysel L-shaped sofa, $2,498
The clean lines of the Seasons sofa is versatile enough for many decor themes.
Inject a pop of colour into your home with the Haysel sofa, in cheery yellow.
LEXINGTON CONCEPT STORE
Swedish brand Lexington has made its way to our sunny island! Its home collection, consisting of bed linen, towels, and diningware, sits together with its apparel in a cushy, traditional American home setting. The designs are influenced by the North American lifestyle, and feature classic motifs such as stars, stripes, and plaid patterns. It exudes a cosy, yet outdoorsy vibe, which is great for homeowners looking to imbue their home with a rustic-chic look. Where: 26 Dempsey Road, tel: 6472-1019, www.lexingtoncompany.com
Our Pick: Lexington tableware, from $15
Lexington offers seasonal collections, for its apparel, bedware, throws, and towels.
A fun swing set was spotted outside the store!
If you adore the crisp, country style of a traditional American home, you can get the look with Lexington tableware.
The apparel and homeware exude a casual, yet luxurious vibe.