Hot home ‘hoods — Singapore has a surprising lot of them!
There are enough international and local furnishing brands, standalone brick-and-mortar shops and mega-malls to make your head spin. Here, The Finder puts together the ultimate list of 11 shopping spots in SG to find all the furniture you need (and or just want) to make your house a real home.
(image: Darren Chang)
Rich with history, Dempsey Hill housed the old British military camp in SG and was known as Tanglin Barracks until 1989. The area is now a lifestyle destination known for delish international eateries and even boasts a venue for kids’ rugby, cricket and soccer activities on weekends. More importantly, Dempsey is home to fab furniture shops such as:
Woody Antique House
Reflecting the diversity of Asia, this store (that’s been at Dempsey for nearly 20 years) offers one of Singapore’s widest ranges of antiques and artefacts. It even sells upcycled furniture made from old timbers and has a great variety of modern outdoor furniture (perfect for your balcony or poolside!).
Affordable Style Files
A glimpse at this brand’s Instagram feed is enough to have you make a beeline to its Dempsey showroom. Its product range is sourced from Australia – think luxurious duvet covers, tropical-inspired cushion covers, herringbone rugs, etc.
West-siders will be very familiar with Jurong’s IMM Mall. Singapore’s largest outlet mall has more than 90 stores offering up to 80-percent discounts year-round. And furnishing stores account for 42 of IMM’s total stores! Here are a few top picks:
Two showrooms at IMM showcase this leading Japanese furniture retailer’s collections for bedrooms, studies and living and dining rooms. What you’ll find: Japan’s best-selling Shin-Ju model of mattresses, RTG Tatami storage beds, customised wardrobes and more.
Fukai is quite unique at IMM, focusing primarily on outdoor living. It offers quality timber decking, artificial grass, koi fish ponds and even Balinese wall carvings and stylish ornaments.
Best Tech Furniture Gallery
Solving all of your lighting needs with a huge product range and expert staff, this where you can shop and make truly informed choices.
Steve Florists & Gifts Centre
Have a black thumb? NBD. Pick up stunningly natural-looking, well-made artificial orchids and other tropical plants at its IMM outlet (or its The Concourse outlet at Beach Road if you are around the area).
Yep, it’s called The Furniture Mall (a concept mooted by the Singapore Furniture Association), and houses 40 retailers (and over 70 brands, including Univonna, pictured here) all related to homewares. Whether it’s modern or classic, oriental or ethnic, you will find all kinds of styles (plus interior design and home styling services) under one roof.
A day or half-day at Tan Boon Liat Building is a rite of passage for new arrivals in Singapore, and indeed for established expats keen to freshen up their decor. The lure? It has furnishing stores spread across the 15-storey building. Don’t be put-off by the freight elevators and sometimes dusty appearance. There are treasure troves here to be discovered!
Singapore Trading Post
Heavy on eye-catching home accents, the collection here reflects the Lion City’s colonial past. Bonus: It has a wide selection of SG-inspired gifts.
This has an extensive selection of furnishings that blend traditional and contemporary styles. Expect to see sofas with a high-end look, natural-fiber rugs ideal for this tropical climate and more.
Dormiente is all about organic, natural latex mattresses and pillows, as well as top-quality beds handsomely crafted in Germany – so you can sleep greener, healthier and better.
Head here for mahogany, teak and mixed hardwood furniture. The aesthetic is very Kinfolk – rustic yet modern– with an emphasis on living room, dining room and bedroom pieces.
Part of the landmark development Millenia Singapore, Millennia Walk boasts enticing retail and dining options – and hosted several innovative “A Trail of Delicious Design” showcases as part of the recent Singapore Design Week 2018. It’s home to:
As this Australian brand’s flagship store in SG, you’ll find the widest range of its high- and low-tech home items, from appliances to soft goods – all at competitive prices.
The Grafunkt Store
Passionate about good design? Don’t miss Grafunkt’s carefully curated selection of products from major design hubs: Milan, London, Copenhagen, etc.
The quest for a perfect rug to soften up SG’s ubiquitous marble, tile or wooden floors can feel like an impossible task! End your search at Elemento – known for unique, high-quality and custom-made area rugs.
The Cinnamon Room
The Cinnamon Room’s hide rugs, side tables, artwork, table lamps, candles and trays have a modern, luxe feel. Its Neutrals rug collection will blend with any colour scheme.
Lim’s Holland Village
Stocking beautiful Asian-inspired lamps, Chinese wedding cabinets, multi-hued cushions and a myriad of other accessories, the store (pictured here) promises great value and a helpful staff.
Don’t be confused by the name – this long-running, family-owned business has nothing to do with France or textiles. But, it’s a great place to go for well-priced home electronics and appliances.
Billing itself as Southeast Asia’s largest IT, electrical and furniture retailer, Courts Tampines is a one-stop shop for everything needed to kit-out your home. It also offer 30-day hassle-free returns and a 30-days-lowest-price guarantee. Don’t miss the flagship store’s Smart Home Experiential Hub, which carries Google Home devices and 30 compatible products, even vacuum robots!
Find the world’s most advanced ceiling fans and light fixtures here. Indeed its Haiku ceiling fan (a.k.a., the popular Big Ass Fan) has won more than 75 international design and technology awards.
Ban Nee Chen
Find a huge selection of plants, flowers, gardening tools and supplies here. Have landed property? Look into its landscaping service.
Within a 5,112-square-foot home department store shared with homefix+, this French brand (pictured here) is known for its contemporary furnishings and emphasis on customisation, as well as its stylish kiddie options.
homefix is Singapore’s top chain for home improvement items plus “Do-It-For-You” services (e.g., installation, painting, repairs), you can find its outlets around the island, and homefix+ is its concept store providing services such as painting, blinds installation and mood-enhancing light solutions.
Shop the store’s (pictured here) exclusive range of luxury furniture designs, specially handpicked from workshops in Italy, Belgium, France and Portugal.
WTP The Furniture Company
Short for “windows to the past”, WTP is where you can lease furniture on a short-term assignment, order bespoke furniture, find interior design experts or check out its discounted Outlet range.
On a budget? By all means, hit up IKEA Alexandra. Also, try the unassuming shops here like YasaShii Trading (vintage furniture) and Chun Mee Lee Rattan (the owner learned the rattan trade from his dad!) at blocks 122 and 123 respectively, at Bukit Merah Lane 1.
(image: Darren Chang)
Known for tree-lined streets, large homes and Singapore Botanic Gardens, this district is now even more accessible thanks to the recently opened Downtown Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line – which is all the more reason to spend some time in its retail standouts. Case in point…
How do we love thee? Let us count the ways! This historic shophouse (pictured here) turned hip shopping centre is full of linger-worthy shops like Lemongrass & Aubergine, Bungalow 55 and Ensemble by Lewis Grandeur that can help you turn your flat, condo or landed house into a real home.
Warning: You will definitely covet the linen fabrics, reclaimed teak furniture, Indian-inspired cabinets and more at Originals.
Truly a shopper’s paradise, Orchard Road boasts Crate&Barrel, BoConcept, TEMPUR and other beloved international brands. Nearby, Tanglin – and its so-named mall (pictured here) and shopping centre – is also nothing to sneeze at!
Samad Oriental Carpets
What’s here? Oh, just a plethora of modern, Persian, silk, Pakistan and Indo-Persian rugs.
Far East Flora
Yes, its Thomson Rd store is a distance from the retail district (well, it’s 10 minutes by car) but if you want choice flowers and plants, Far East Flora is where you need to go. Or, you can do so via Internet — it’s one of SG’s top online florists with over 1, 000 options. Top picks here: planter boxes with succulents that are both stylish and practical due to their small size. Or, add some positive energy to your home, and peruse its feng shui (Chinese geomancy) range.
Here, you’ll find a mix of upscale modern condos, older condos offering spacious units and quiet residential areas with large family homes – all of which require furniture, lah. As such, there are plenty of interior design studios and specialty home stores sprinkled throughout the heritage ’hoods of Joo Chiat, Geylang and Marine Parade.
If you’re a fan of mid-century Danish and Scandinavian modern design, the furniture shopping doesn’t get much better on the Red Dot than at this independent store. Its owners handpick original pieces, mostly ranging from the 1950s to ’70s.
Spoil your little ones at this eco-dorable store’s range of sturdy, yet stylish children’s bedroom furniture and accessories.
This cosy mall contains a variety of home shops, from ones with green goods (Chaba Leelawadee’s bright-coloured bamboo tableware, pictured) and To Be Calm’s eco-friendly home fragrances, to ones that can only be described as “eclectic” (SG-inspired Naiise and HomesToLife’s cheeky, contemporary showroom). While you’re there, walk a few blocks along East Coast Road to tour the Katong Antique House!
By Ruth Beattie, from The Finder (Issue 293), June 2018
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