It’s not just the abundance of world-class shopping malls and global fashion brands that makes 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.
If you’re looking to furnish your home with memories of your time in Singapore, pay a visit to Onlewo.
This homegrown lifestyle brand boasts a range of uniquely local designs, from gorgeous glass sculptures inspired by Singaporean neighbourhoods like Little India to cushion covers with Peranakan* motifs similar to the ones you’ll find in the Peranakan Museum.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
Onlewo. 129 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208847. +65 9112 4685.
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 6221 4619.
Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
The Farm Store
Unapologetically retro and stocked with quirky designs, The Farm Store is ideal for collectors looking to add a dash of Singaporean spice to their crockery collection.
Most of the homeware options on display here are lightweight, which cuts on the hassle of packing. While all the designs are adorable, we suggest checking out their Foodie coaster set—which feature vivid renditions of signature local dishes—and their kopitiam mug shot glasses, which are bound to add Singaporean pizazz to your next house party.
The Farm Store. 111 Middle Road #01-01, Singapore 188969. +65 6336 1706.
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 KOBO Collection’s Vanda Tray (Orchid)—inspired by our national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim—or purchase their Jalan Besar Gangster Kitties plate to make a surreal statement.
Supermama. 265 Beach Road, Singapore 199544. +65 6291 1946.
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 1818 Collection, a set of porcelain that taps on Singaporean myth, legend and history.
SCENE SHANG. 263 Beach Road, Singapore 199542. +65 6291 9629.
Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-8pm; Fri & Sat 11am-9.30pm.
Raffles Hotel. 328 North Bridge Road, #02-09, Singapore 188719.
Exclusive monogramming services are available at Raffles Hotel outlet.
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’ll find here.
Claymore Connect. 442 Orchard Road #01-11, Singapore 238879. +65 6333 8966.
Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-7pm.
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, pillowcases embroidered 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.
Mon-Thu & Sun 9am-8pm; Fri & Sat 9am-9pm.
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.