Jour­ney East

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Home & Property -

Jour­ney East has spe­cialised in South­east Asian teak vin­tage fur­ni­ture for over 20 years. Most of its pieces come from lo­ca­tions in Cen­tral Java, dat­ing be­tween the 1910s to the 1960s, and fea­tur­ing in­flu­ences from Art Nou­veau, Art Deco, Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern, and Dutch Colo­nial de­sign traits. “There’s a sublime mix of East and West in these pieces as they also fea­ture South­east Asian tech­niques such as tra­di­tional join­ery and hand bev­el­ling,” ex­plains Jour­ney East founder ANITA SAM. “The vin­tage fur­ni­ture we carry is al­most ex­clu­sively crafted in teak, a prized wood of the re­gion.”

Anita’s Tips

Com­bin­ing vin­tage and mod­ern items can re­sult in an in­ter­est­ing, cre­ative and stylish look, says Anita, and vin­tage and retro fur­ni­ture pieces can blend seam­lessly into mod­ern home en­vi­ron­ments, bring­ing dar­ing old world charm and char­ac­ter to a space.

“Look at mix­ing bright mod­ern el­e­ments with vin­tage wood pieces; the lat­ter pair nicely with brightly coloured mod­ern fur­ni­ture – a retro con­sole with a mod­ern sofa, for ex­am­ple, or mod­ern chairs with a vin­tage desk or din­ing ta­ble. Bright up­hol­ster­ies such as throw pil­lows can also be com­bined with a vin­tage chair or sofa.”

Al­ter­na­tively, Anita ad­vises fo­cus­ing on smaller ac­cents. “You don’t need to go over­board when adding vin­tage ac­cents to the home – a well-placed side ta­ble, cab­i­net or side­board can work as an accent piece, and as a dis­tinc­tive way of adding retro style to the liv­ing room.”

Iden­ti­fy­ing Styles

Art Deco: 1920s to 1940s, fea­tur­ing prom­i­nent lines, geo­met­ric char­ac­ter­is­tics and/ or ex­otic wood fa­cades. Art Nou­veau: late 1800s to early 1900s, fea­tur­ing del­i­cate lines, curves, flo­ral or na­turein­spired mo­tifs and in­tri­cate em­bel­lish­ments – for ex­am­ple, hand carv­ings. Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern: 1950s to 1960s, clean sleek lines and pro­por­tions, “pen­cil” legs, a light and airy feel, heavy Scan­di­na­vian in­flu­ences.

Art Deco sofa with metal frame; $2,150.

Colo­nial drop-leaf bureau; $1,190.

Retro dis­play shelf, circa 1950 to 1960; $2,675.

Retro desk, circa 1950 to 1960; $856.

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