We’ve talked about The Rise and Rise of Vintage Shopping in Singapore, but you can be sure that when it comes to vintage furniture in Singapore, there’s been a rise and rise as well!
It’s hard to place what exactly it is that’s so appealing about vintage furniture – perhaps it’s how it looks, how it reminds you of a simpler time, or that, given the age of each piece, there’s always a story behind every vintage furniture item, and we can’t help but feel there’s something incredibly romantic about that. Oh, and not forgetting the fact that recycled furniture is always a lot kinder on Mother Earth than newly made pieces.
Whatever it is – whether you love vintage furniture for aesthetic or environmental reasons (or both!) – you’ll love the vintage wares these shops have to offer. Happy vintage furniture shopping in Singapore!
Statement retro designs
Jalan Rumah Tinggi, Singapore 639823. By appointment only. | Also available online.
Enjoy a massive blast from the past at Art from Junk, which restores vintage and second-hand furniture into stunning pieces, handpainted with retro-inspired patterns, motifs and designs. Think traditional graphics from Singapore’s past such as the Lampang Rooster, familiar floral Peranakan tile patterns that may have once decorated your grandmother’s floors, and oriental dragon designs.
Live auctions for recycled home furnishings
Expat Auctions works exactly as its name suggests. They take up recycled home furnishings – mainly from expat families downsizing or leaving Singapore – and auctions them off for the families. Which means they’ve got furniture of all shapes, sizes and styles, whether modern or vintage. If you’re lucky, you may even catch some new products brought in by stores with excess stock or from display homes around Singapore. Product offerings include sofas, beds, Chinese cabinets, dining tables, chairs, as well as home decor items such as statues, artefacts lamps and many more.
Breathing new life into vintage furniture
Tired of society’s increasingly prevalent throwaway culture, Journey East lives and breathes vintage pieces, believing firmly in breathing new life into vintage furniture that may have lost its sparkle, but none of its charm. The rustic-looking store, located in Tan Boon Liat Building, one of our favourite furniture spots in Singapore, brings in vintage home wares and accessories from various part of Asia, including Dutch Colonial and Javanese works that feature expert craftsmanship in beautiful, nostalgic designs.
Vintage homeware collected over the years
To be perfectly honest, Junkie’s Corner isn’t the most glamorous spot in the area, but it may very well be one of the coolest. Where else would you find piles and piles of vintage home wares collected over many years, including a jukebox that looks like it just came off a set of Grease (1978), a perfectly intact Scandinavian chair, old school coffee-tables, stools, chests and other surprising finds at reasonable prices that will leave you breathless and back for more in no time.
Secondhand and reworked homewares
Truly a hidden gem in the west of Singapore, KB Living is a treasure trove of secondhand furniture handpicked locally and from other countries. With everything from vintage designs to Art Deco-styled furniture, KB Living offers pretty much anything home-related, from dining tables, desks and chairs, to vintage trinkets and other rare finds, such as old-school typewriters, sewing machines, posters, vintage car figurines, rotary phones, and many more.
Independent purveyor of genuine vintage
Deeply passionate about vintage home wares and furnishings, this Bukit Batok furniture shop doesn’t just take secondhand vintage wares off the streets and sells them; Like That One injects a modern and slightly personal touch into these pieces, breathing new life into them to create unique designs that retain its vintage charm, while looking perfectly at home in any setting. Take for instance their best selling Dining Set, which comprises four chairs in mismatched, vintage frames, unified by matching houndstooth upholstery and a lovely white finish.
Scandinavian and european vintage furniture
Blk 65 , Ubi Road 1, Oxley Bizhub, #03-75, Singapore 408729. Also available online.
Barely a year old in the local furnishings scene, Noden had already moved into a larger showroom, largely thanks to their wide selection of Scandinavian and European vintage furniture. Their selection of home wares and accessories plays testament to the impeccable taste of the founders behind the classy store. With items that date from the 40s to the 70s, handpicked from various parts of Europe, this vintage furniture store is certainly one not to be missed.
One-of-a-kind vintage items
#02-02, Tangerine (Entrance via Jalan Kledek), 753 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198721. By appointment only.
Stepping into Roccoco Kent’s whimsical space, a shophouse store in the heart of Kampong Glam, feels a lot like travelling through time and stepping into and old 70s home. Specially handpicked from all over the world, each vintage apparel, accessory, furniture and home décor item is a one-of-a-kind piece sourced during founder Emmeline’s many journeys to various parts of Europe and Asia. Almost every item you see in the store is on sale – including that quirky chair you’re sitting on, the mid-century table you’ve placed your handbag and even the funny-looking teapot set sitting in the corner.
Customisation and re purposing of vintage furniture
Currently going through a transformation of sorts, Things Your Mother Throw promises to re-emerge sometime later this year as a multi-concept store, serving as an art gallery, performance space, vintage shop, café and bistro all in one. In the meantime however, they’ll still be working on customising and repurposing vintage furniture, so you can still have your daily dose of mid-century writing tables, Art Deco chairs, intricate Peranakan-styled TV consoles and nostalgic Enamelware.