On the hunt for some unique finishing touches for your home? There’s a whole treasure trove of antiques and curios to be found at Dempsey Hill.
Antiques and oriental-style home furniture
For those in search of bona fide antiques, Shang Antique (block 26) is an address to remember. It started out selling Buddha statues from Indochina and has since expanded the business to include a range of Asian curios, art and paintings, and unique one-off antique furniture. The store is known for fair, reliable pricing and great customer service, so even rookie collectors will feel at ease.
Just next door is Emgallery (block 26), an airy haven of reworked traditional fabrics. Founder Emiko Nakamura specialises in textiles for the home and works with weavers in Laos and Cambodia to reinterpret traditional styles with her own modern twist. From cushion covers to wall hangings, jewellery and more, this is a great spot to pick up gifts as well as something a little bit special for your home.
Across the street at block 13, you’ll find an enclave of furniture shops. Woody Antique House is an Aladdin’s cave of restored and reproduction antique furniture from around Asia, including China, Tibet, India and Indonesia. It also has a line of unique suar-wood dining tables and a wide range of outdoor furniture. At neighbouring Woodfarm Lifestyle, you’ll find carefully restored authentic Chinese furniture and ornaments, as well as custom-made pieces. Next up is Maywell Lifestyles where the emphasis is on unique, handcrafted natural wood products and décor. From decorative birdcages to dining tables, there’s a plethora of items to explore, plus it also offers furniture design, carpentry and restoration services. Pasardina Fine Living specialises in high-quality teak furniture, which is all handcrafted in Indonesia.
At family-owned Lotto Carpets (block 26), the gorgeous weaves are more than just floor coverings; they’re works of art. Sourced from all over the world, including India, Kashmir, Nepal, Turkey and Iran, the collection of superfine and antique carpets is worthy of your floors and walls. Hedger’s Carpet Gallery (block 13) is another must for carpet lovers. The range of traditional, classic and contemporary designs from Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Pakistan and India all come with a Certificate of Authenticity guaranteeing their origins. The store also offers a handy “try before you buy” service so you can see how a carpet works in your home before making any big decisions.
If you’re looking for something beyond Asia-inspired décor, then head to the West. At British furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton at Curio (block 14C), you’ll find vintage-style furnishings and accessories in luxurious leather, reclaimed timber and other materials. There are some serious statement pieces to be had here, as well as smaller, unusual knick-knacks, knockout lighting and accessories.