It’s not just the abundance of world-class shopping malls and global fashion brands that make Singapore a shopping paradise. Our city is home to an ever-evolving scene of local craftsmen, artisans and businesses who create inimitable work through a passion for their craft.
From charming antiques to bespoke ceramics, avid collectors are bound to find a piece of homeware that speaks to their individuality. Here are some of Singapore’s most outstanding creators of décor.
Hock Siong & Co
Singaporeans who grew up before the turn of the millennia will recall the ubiquitous calls of our local karang guni (rag-and-bone man), as they made their rounds collecting used household items.
This charming facet of Singaporean culture lives on at Hock Siong & Co, which proudly channels that spirit through its range of lovingly-restored second-hand goods and furnishings. Expect a motley assortment of goods, ranging from artwork to traditional Chinese wooden furniture.
Some of the items are sold in their original states, making this place an ideal spot for collectors who find beauty in imperfection.
Junjie Industrial Building. 153 Kampong Ampat #01-03, Singapore 368326. +65 6281 8338.
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun & PH 9.30am-5.30pm.
House of AnLi
You don’t need a hot air balloon or 80 days to voyage around the world. Instead, pay a visit to the House of AnLi, which boasts a collection of homeware and furnishing from cultures spanning the globe.
Belgian tapestries, cushion covers woven with oriental designs and ceramics from Portugal are just some of the many items you’ll find on display here. The space also incorporates a charming bistro, for shoppers looking to muse over prospective purchases while grabbing a quick bite.
Tanglin Mall. 163 Tanglin Road #03-17, Singapore 247933. +65 6235 3851.
Add a dash of Asian-inspired fusion to your abode, with inspired pieces from SCENE SHANG.
The iconic designs you’ll find at this establishment pay homage to classic Chinese elements, which are artfully fused with modern day design sensibilities.
Designs include the XUAN table—inspired by the history and camaraderie embodied in the traditional Chinese BaXian Table—and the Lucky Collection, a set of artwork that evocatively depicts animals of the Chinese zodiac.
SCENE SHANG Flagship Store. 263 Beach Road, Singapore 199542. +65 6291 9629.
Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-8pm; Fri & Sat 11am-9.30pm.
SCENE SHANG at Raffles Hotel. 328 North Bridge Road, #02-09, Singapore 188719. +65 6493 0173.
Exclusive monogramming services are available at the Raffles Hotel outlet.
Singapore Trading Post
With an evocative name that hearkens back to our city’s time as a British trade colony, Singapore Trading Post is a repository of treasures for homeowners and collectors alike.
This homeware emporium is filled with knick-knacks and memorabilia, sourced from countries that used to be on the trade routes of Singapore’s past. Brass antique lamps, elmwood chairs and cotton bed throws are just some of the many wares you’ll find here.
Tan Boon Liat Building. 315 Outram Road #07-01, Singapore 169074. +65 8891 9950.
Mon 11am-4pm; Tue-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-5.30pm.
For a list of their outlets, click here.
Quite literally a gallery store where the best of both worlds meet, Supermama exemplifies both uniquely Singaporean aesthetics and rigorous Japanese craftmanship.
The store’s team works with expert craftsmen from Japan and international designers to create an array of beautiful wares that are talking points in their own right. Add elegance to your living room with the store’s selection of Japanese crafts or collections inspired by Singaporean culture.
Supermama Flagship Store. 265 Beach Road, Singapore 199544. +65 9615 7473.
Supermama Jewel Changi Airport. 80 Airport Boulevard #02-207, Singapore 819642.
The Cinnamon Room
Located in the artsy enclave of Holland Village, The Cinnamon Room is a great place to visit if you’re looking to spruce up your living room with contemporary homeware and local artwork.
Artisanally-crafted rugs, exquisitely-wrought candle holders and copper side tables are just some of the furnishing you’ll find here. The store also stocks a range of art prints and paintings depicting urban street scenes, dreamy interpretations of our city scape and tropical flora that evokes Singapore’s beautiful greenery.
The Cinnamon Room. Block 43 Jalan Merah Saga #02-74, Singapore 278115. +65 6474 4202.
Named after the warehouses that used to sit along the banks of the bustling Singapore River during the colonial era, The GoDown will bring you on a journey into the past.
While the establishment does offer a collection of contemporary pieces, you should certainly peruse their selection of Old-World collectibles. Silver-plated paperweights in the shape of birds, table lamps that hearken back to 19th-century industrial factories and vintage rotary phones are just some of the treasures you may find here—the establishment’s collection evolves on a regular basis, so be sure to check out their website for the latest treasures in store.
Visits can be arranged beyond the store’s opening hours—be sure to drop them a message on Facebook to schedule your appointment.
The GoDown at The Meissa. 100D Pasir Panjang Road #02-08, Singapore 118520. +65 6333 8966.
Mon, Wed & Fri 10am-4pm.