Old In With The Art­ful House

Dis­tinc­tive styles such as retro and vin­tage are great fun to play with, whether it means deck­ing out your liv­ing room in full 1950s style, or adding just one or two pieces. We asked four re­tail­ers about the dis­tinc­tive traits of these fur­ni­ture styles, a

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The vin­tage fur­ni­ture you’ll find at Art­ful House has a his­toric el­e­ment, and owner PAD­MAJA RAJAGOPALAN pri­mar­ily works with ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments such as old doors, win­dows or wall pan­els, con­struct­ing pieces of fur­ni­ture around these items.

“While buy­ing vin­tage fur­ni­ture it’s im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to the qual­ity and over­all aes­thet­ics of the restora­tion,” ex­plains Pad­maja. “This in­cludes re­spect for the orig­i­nal­ity and imag­i­na­tion be­hind the piece, the over­all pro­por­tions, the colour pal­ette used and other at­tributes that con­trib­ute to the ‘wow’ fac­tor. Mod­ern aes­thet­ics are in­te­gral to the vin­tage pieces we have cu­rated at Art­ful House.”

Pad­maja’s Tips

The ver­sa­til­ity of vin­tage fur­ni­ture means it can be used across a broad range of styles. “On the one hand, you have the home of a con­sum­mate col­lec­tor who can­not re­sist a one-of-a-kind find; we can see this kind of home­owner be­ing in­stantly drawn to a piece like our arched door­way con­sole.”

At the other end of the spec­trum, Pad­maja has clients who fo­cus pri­mar­ily on func­tion­al­ity with their dé­cor, yet they want their home to look in­ter­est­ing as well. “The right vin­tage fur­ni­ture can eas­ily hit the spot for this. Our char­coal-grey vin­tage cab­i­net is highly func­tional and at­trac­tive at the same time, and it pairs beau­ti­fully with a con­tem­po­rary striped wing­back chair.” She rec­om­mends fab­rics as a great way to seam­lessly tie dé­cor el­e­ments to­gether, and the store car­ries a range of con­tem­po­rary fab­rics to com­ple­ment var­i­ous fur­ni­ture pieces. “Over­all, vin­tage fur­ni­ture is an easy pick that works well with a mix and match ap­proach.”

The vin­tage cab­i­net works per­fectly with the con­tem­po­rary up­hol­stered wing­back chairs. These dis­play shelves are con­structed from ar­chi­tec­tural wall niches. The crafts­man­ship of this piece makes it a great state­ment in any room. #08-04 Tan Boon Liat Build

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