One of the first things you’ll notice about Malaysia is its uncanny ability to meld traditional with contemporary, something that you’ll find particularly prominent as you walk along the streets of its capital city, Kuala Lumpur. For instance, on one hand, you can breathe in that uniquely Malaysian culture at the Islamic Arts Museum or Malaysia Heritage Walk, but on the other, you are thrown into a world of urban living in areas such as the Golden Triangle (read our post on Getting to Know Kuala Lumpur if you’re not sure where that is), where skyscrapers tower above you and the city streets are filled with impatient drivers constantly in a rush.

The same goes for the product offerings by local brands in Kuala Lumpur – particularly homewares, which is something we discovered while searching the city. Whether you’re looking for cultural artifacts or some contemporary wares for your home, you’re definitely bound to find something from our list of must-see stores for homewares in Kuala Lumpur.

 


 

Acquire

“Affordable luxury” brands

Lot 2F – 23, Bangsar Village II, 2 Jalan Telawi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 59100 | Also available online.

Further down in Bangsar Village II, you’ll find another lifestyle shop offering “affordable luxury” brands that span across technology, art, design, travel and fashion, to name a few. We’re talking about Acquire, a modern lifestyle store whose gleaming white-walled, -floored and -ceilinged interior offers a great insight to the wares and philosophy it espouses. Everything Acquire offers is visibly design-centric, with innovative brands internationally known in the furnishings industry, such as Serax from Belgium; Innit Design from Canada, which specialises in handcrafted steel and vinyl furnishings such as chairs, magazine racks, baskets and lamp bases; and US-based ForLife Design, with its unique, eye-catching ceramic wares. Plus you’ll find some stunning textile products designed by the storeowners themselves.

 


 

Kaleidoscope

Eclectic lifestyle space

G3-37, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamaas 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50480 

We could spend all day gushing about the store offerings by KL’s newest shopping centre, Publika, but in the interest of time, we’ll just highlight the one homeware store that we absolutely fell in love with: Kaleidoscope. This whimsical store offers a myriad of items, including handcrafted jewellery, trendy accessories, artisanal soaps and candles, and of course, homewares, stationery and gifts. You can expect everything from vintage-inspired wares, to quirky pop culture-esque items, which all come together to form a wonderful, eclectic space that makes for a truly unique experience (and memory) in Kuala Lumpur.

 


 

Katrin BJ

Diverse selection of cookware

Anyone who has been in Malaysia long enough would know that food is a huge part of Malaysian culture – so it seems only apt that someone would start up an entire store dedicated to providing locals with some of the world’s best cookware. And that store is Katrin BJ, which has been bringing top international brands such as La Gourmet, Brabantia, Tescoma, Silit, WMF, Royal Doulton, Glasslock, Kitchen Craft etc into Malaysia for the past 30 years. Founded in Subang Jaya, the kitchenware store has since expanded to various parts of Malaysia including KL and Penang, and in 2002, made their first foray into the Singapore market. If you’re an avid fan of home cooking and are always on the look out for the latest kitchen toys, this is the place for you.

 


Nala

A quirky take on Malaysia’s heritage

8a Jalan Kemuja Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 59000 

Nala aspires to represent the art of preserving Malaysia’s beautiful heritage but in a contemporary way. Their homewares, including pillows, placemats and napkins come in a series of textile prints in quirky names like “Willow Wishes”, “Pretty in Peranakan” and “My Kuih or the Highway”. They even boast collections of accessories, jewellery and yoga wear if you just can’t get enough of these eccentric prints.

 


 

 

Outdated

Affordable prices and quirky artifacts

Lot 10, Level G3, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50480

Contrary to its name, Outdated is an au courant home and décor store stacked with antiques and quirky decorative artifacts located at art mall, Publika. Stock here moves fast to make way for new acquisitions so a buy-on-sight reflex is your best asset round here. Among the artfully strewn wares are hidden finds such as restored vintage Eames chairs, mid-century armchairs, retro barbershop chairs, antique trunks and luggage (stack them up to form a table), vintage typewriters and even art and illustrations for the casual buyer. The affordable prices and element of discovery keep us coming back for more.

 


 

Peter Hoe Beyond

Combining traditional elements with modern design

145 Jalan Tun H. S. Lee, second floor, Lee Rubber Building, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50000

The stunning homewares offered by local storeowner Peter Hoe pretty much epitomises the Kuala Lumpur air. While his first store, Peter Hoe Evolution located across the popular Central Market, offers more commercialised items such as touristy floral shirts, his second shop, Peter Hoe Beyond, offers a myriad of crafts and homewares that expertly combine traditional elements such as batik prints with modern sensibilities to create a hip, contemporary style that would look great in any modern home. Think paper lantern lamps in fresh colours and handcrafted tote bags in traditional prints. Of course, we’re just barely scraping the surface here, but with such attractive old-meets-new homewares and accessories, it’s no wonder Peter Hoe Beyond is constantly featured in respectable travel guides for Kuala Lumpur.

Peter Hoe | Homewares in Kuala Lumpur | Travelshopa

 


 

Pucuk Rebung Royal Gallery Museum

Antiques that tell a story

Lot 339, Level 3, Ampang Mall Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 57100

If you’re looking for homewares that relate more to Malaysian’s culture and history, perhaps Pucuk Rebung gallery Museum would be a little more your speed. One of the most famous antique shops in town, the gallery offers over a thousand artifacts plucked from various parts of Southeast Asia, with a strong focus on Malaysia. Boasting relics dating all the way back to the bronze era, the gallery pays tribute to Malaysia’s rich diversity and deep heritage with a jaw dropping selection of pottery, ceramics, glassware, cutlery, antique fabrics, paper, books, wooden artifacts, photographs from yesteryear and some artworks thrown into the mix. Each item comes with a unique story that delves deep into the history of Malaysia. And not only will they make excellent display pieces for the home, they could even become cherished heirlooms for your family in time to come.

 


 

Sundays

One-of-a-kind home furnishings, accessories and gifts

Lot 1F-29 & 30, Bangsar Village II Jalan Telawi 1,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 59100

For “modern vintage” wares sourced from all corners of the globe, including France, Spain, India and the US, look towards Sundays, which offers one-of-a-kind homewares, accessories, gifts and stationery. A chic boutique-like space that stocks exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else in KL, Sundays is a breath of fresh air in the homewares scene, offering quirky home accessories such as quilts sewn out of vintage French fabrics and bags made from Buenos Aires bus seats.

Sundays scours the globe for off-the-beaten-track antique shops, private ateliers and wayside craft markets to bring its customers a quirky and eclectic collection of home furnishings, decor and gifts. Looking like it could pass of as the movie-set for a quirky indie film, the gallery-style store houses a delightful range of vintage and novelty furniture. We spotted neat leather armchairs, storage shelves in the shape of farm animals, recycled school furniture and tons of cute lamps thrown into the mix. Traipse through the store and find some inspiration in the winning style of the space. And if that’s not enough, the in-house interior designers can help you makeover your home!

 

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