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Check out these favourite shop­ping haunts in Sin­ga­pore.

Fur­ni­ture stores may come and go, but some have be­come cher­ished land­marks for lo­cal home­own­ers. Here are five that have re­mained favourite shop­ping des­ti­na­tions over the last three decades, and a younger bunch that we hope will be able to weather chang­ing trends and the test of time.


Once known as Lim’s Arts & Liv­ing, the 59-year-old store was re­cently re­branded to mark its han­dover to the next gen­er­a­tion in the Lim fam­ily. The store is known for its se­lec­tion of hand­crafted ar­ti­sanal prod­ucts, such as ce­ramic ele­phants, lac­quer­ware and fig­urines from Thai­land, Nepal and In­done­sia, which it sources first-hand from vil­lage crafts­men and mak­ers. Lim’s Le­gacy op­er­ates four stores, at Ma­rina Square, Hol­land Road Shop­ping Cen­tre, Leisure Park Kal­lang and OneKM mall.

The flag­ship store is lo­cated at #02-23/24 and #02-324/325 Ma­rina Square.


An all-time favourite among fur­ni­ture shoppers, Ikea’s first store here opened at Sixth Av­enue in July 1978. Its sig­na­ture items in­clude the ver­sa­tile Poang armchair, Lack sidetable and, last but not least, its much-loved Swedish meat­balls.

Ikea Tampines is lo­cated at 60 Tampines North Drive 2.


It started out as a karung guni “re­cy­cling” busi­ness, buy­ing used news­pa­pers from ho­tels in the 1970s, and branched out into fur­ni­ture in 1998. To­day, Hock Siong has made a name for it­self with lov­ingly re­fur­bished and up­cy­cled sec­ond­hand goods for use in mod­ern homes. It also has a strong so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing, with over 17,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, and 42,000 Face­book fol­low­ers.

It is lo­cated at #01-03 Jun­jie In­dus­trial Build­ing, 153 Kam­pong Am­pat.


W.Ate­lier started in 1980 dis­tribut­ing Toto san­i­tary­ware. To­day, the store has ex­panded into a multi-brand re­tailer of home fur­nish­ings and kitchen­ware, car­ry­ing es­tab­lished Euro­pean brands like Fritz Hansen and Zan­otta. The re­tailer’s ex­pan­sive show­rooms al­low cus­tomers to ex­pe­ri­ence its prod­ucts, and par­tic­i­pate in work­shops for an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Its main show­room is lo­cated at #01 and #03-01, 201 Hen­der­son Road.


Did you know that be­fore lo­cal fur­ni­ture brand Scanteak came to be thusly named, it was called Hawaii In­te­rior Dec­o­ra­tion? The 44-year-old brand is now a house­hold name known for sus­tain­able teak wood fur­ni­ture.

Its flag­ship show­room is lo­cated at #01-04/05 Hen­der­son In­dus­trial Park, 211 Hen­der­son Road.


The past cou­ple of months have been rather ex­cit­ing for the nine-year-old lo­cal lux­ury re­tailer. Not only did it open the flag­ship store of Ital­ian fur­ni­ture com­pany Molteni & C late last year, it also opened P5 Stu­dio in March, a show­room hous­ing in­ter­na­tional brands such as San­cal from Spain, and Shang­hai-based Stel­lar Works.

It is lo­cated at #01-08 Hen­der­son In­dus­trial Park, 213 Hen­der­son Road.


The Bel­gian-based brand Ethnicraft made its foray into Sin­ga­pore in 2012 via its first on­line store. Cen­tral to the brand is its use of high qual­ity solid teak and oak that are from sus­tain­ably man­aged plan­ta­tions. Though mar­keted as an on­line out­fit, the brand un­der­stands that cus­tomers may want to ex­pe­ri­ence the prod­ucts in per­son, which they can do at its two show­rooms.

Its Sin­ga­pore show­rooms are lo­cated at #05-01, 71 Eunos Av­enue 7 and #02-01 Tan Boon Liat Build­ing.


Started by one of Sin­ga­pore’s most well­known fur­ni­ture de­sign­ers Nathan Yong, and his busi­ness part­ner, Je­fery Kur­nia­did­jaja, multi-la­bel re­tailer Gra­funkt has brought in the likes of Vitra, Hay and Ligne Roset, with­out us hav­ing to fly miles to get them. Fans of Nathan’s work will also be able to get their hands on his de­signs in-store.

It is lo­cated at #02-34/35/36 Mil­lenia Walk.


Tan Boon Liat is home to many a fur­ni­ture store, but one we keep com­ing back to is Jour­ney East. The 23-year-old store with a fa­mous fe­line res­i­dent is known to carry pieces with char­ac­ter, like its re­claimed teak wood fur­ni­ture and pop­u­lar vin­tage col­lec­tion.

It is lo­cated at #03-02 Tan Boon Liat Build­ing.


Es­tab­lished in 2011, Com­mune is a mod­ern brand with a fam­ily his­tory in fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing. Set up by broth­ers Ju­lian and Joshua Koh, and their cousin Gan Shee Wen, the brand has its own inhouse de­sign team that is sen­si­tive to in­ter­na­tional trends such as Mod­ern-In­dus­trial and Mid-Cen­tury Mod­ern. They are also eco­con­scious, us­ing costlier but high qual­ity raw ma­te­ri­als from sus­tain­able forests, and non-toxic fin­ishes.

Its flag­ship store is at #02-50 Mil­lenia Walk.

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