Better known for its fine restaurants and wonderfully old-school ambience, Dempsey Hill may not be on top of your list for shopping in Singapore. However, you’ll be surprised by both the quantity and quality of local furniture and homewares stores, and a florist we uncovered at Dempsey Hill. Making full use of the quaint colonial buildings, shop owners have turned their spaces into awe-inspiring showrooms for wide varieties of collections and designs.
Whether you’re looking for western-designed or Asian-inspired furniture, accessories for your kid’s rooms or a fresh bouquet of flowers, our guide to shopping in Dempsey Hill is sure to entice you with some of the best local finds. Also keep a lookout for some great antique galleries and edgy interior design businesses, which promise to inspire any home décor enthusiast.
Contemporary Asian Homewares
Inspired by founder Chin Chelliah Bottinelli’s travels, each piece of furniture, home accessory, artwork and jewellery at Asiatique is handpicked from around the globe and curated into sophisticated collections that fit perfectly into any home. The home furnishings boutique places a strong emphasis on clean, elegant lines and varied textures, featuring materials such as shagreen, petrified wood, parchment, bronze, glass and stainless steel, all of which come together to create the relaxing feel of a calm sanctuary. Asiatique also carries an impressive range of jewellery and accessories, that include local labels such as Marilyn Tan Jewellery.
Little lifestyle store
Tucked away in a leafy corner of Dempsey Hill in the former John Erdos Gallery space, this is the self-professed little lifestyle store’s first departure from online. Their online store won our hearts with its inspiring range of furniture, decor and other delights specially curated for a home shared by both children and adults. Now that we’re able to see and feel the items, we’re lusting after them even more! Their stock is constantly being refreshed by brands that include Armadilo & Co, Pigmee, Sand Design and Sebra, and of course Cuckoo’s own collection.
Creating beautifully tailored homes
Unlike many interior design houses, Design Intervention doesn’t believe in a ‘One Size Fits All’ philosophy when it comes to homes. Just like clothes, homes ought to display the owners’ personalities and styles, which, obviously, differ from person to person. That’s why the Design Intervention team boasts a diverse portfolio, with 12 different nationalities between them and a myriad of different experiences. From London apartments and Bali villas to French countryside and Australian beach homes, Design Intervention has done them all, so you can expect one of Singapore’s most comprehensive range of design styles, on top of bespoke furniture, furnishing fabrics, wall coverings and all other things home-related.
Asian inspired collections of furniture, art and decorations
Get in touch with Asian cultures and sensibilities with Em Gallery by owner-cum-designer Emiko. Her experiences living in Japan, London, and now Singapore have inspired a keen love for indigenous arts and cultures, which seeps visibly into her designs. The gallery offers a great collection of Asian-inspired furniture, arts, antiques and other interior decorations, not just by Emiko, but also by other artists who specialise in traditionally made products infused with modern concepts so as to preserve the indigenous arts of Southeast Asia, while keeping products accessible for customers.
Select Asian style furniture
As its name suggests, Woody Antique House offers beautiful antique furniture made of teak specially sourced from areas in China, Mongolia, Tibet, India and Myanmar. This means you get a wide variety of collections such as Chinese Antiques, Burmese Teakwood Indoor and Outdoor Furniture, Indian Antiquities, Resort-Styled Hyacinth and unique homewares and accessories to accompany your existing furniture and decor. Antiques aside, Woody Antique House also produces upcycled furniture from old Elmwood and Teakwood pieces that can be customised to your exact specifications.