Real antiques may be few and far between in Hong Kong, but design-oriented shoppers may still be rewarded with the occasional lucky find and a wealth of charming and creative reproduction furniture that bear striking resemblances to the originals. Hong Kong’s fascination with antiques is hardly concealed; just take the tourist-frequented strip of Hollywood Road and Cat Street, which draws sizeable crowds on the hunt for treasured antiquities to display proudly in their homes. The adjoining streets of Hollywood Road and Cat Street are lined with shops stuffed with all kinds of trinkets and treasures – great for taking in a sense of history, not so much for sinking some serious cash.
To prevent any potential heartbreak, we rely on reputable antique shops and dealers when searching for antiques in Hong Kong. With everything from 18th and 19th Century French and English furniture to European collector’s items, our round-up of trusted retailers will help you get your money’s worth.
ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE HOME ACCESSORIES
Artek is a cool vintage furniture store that specializes in original handpicked antiques and well-selected vintage home items from all around the world. The quaint little store offers an array of vintage pieces and antiques such as stunning leather sofas, lamps, artworks and knick-knacks, laid out neatly as if in a showroom. Some of their products go way back to the 1920s down to the 1980s and are selected from countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy.
The items include art décor such as brass telescopes, procelain dolls, turntables, bells, fountain pens, paper weights, hanging lamps, animal figurines, clocks and a selection of glassware. They also have a variety of lighting to suit any mood or style. Apart from home décor, collectibles like chic vintage sunglasses from 1940s France are available at this store.
18TH AND 19TH CENTURY FRENCH AND ENGLISH ANTIQUES
Feel like royalty with authentic French and English furniture at Authentiques. Owner, Kate Davis, grew tired of her mundane day job and decided to venture into the antiques business by combining her passions for furniture, history, romance and travel. Be spoilt for choice at the range of authentic gems from the 18th and 19th century. Each item is carefully curated with reputable antique dealers to provide you with the most rare and authentic gems. Discover riches in the shape of walnut dining chairs, bronze sculptures, Napoleonic era armchairs, silverware and even wall sconces all in one spot.
From centrepieces to home accessories, this antique store does not disappoint if you’d fancy a touch of history in your homes. Davis also hosts talks about 18th and 19th century England for a deeper connection to and understanding of the antiques.
20TH CENTURY ITEMS WITH MIX OF DESIGNS FROM 1950s-1970s
Casa Capriz features rare and exclusive pieces, specially handpicked by owner Irene Capriz during her travels across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Casa Capriz sources and sells an extensive collection of unique European antiques, vintage furniture and collector’s items from the 20th century, with a mix of collectibles from the 1950s-1970s; a relatively unique concept in Hong Kong.
Their collector’s items include rare and exclusive home furnishings and ornaments. You’ll also find some sleek Scandinavian dining chairs, Italian armchairs, Louis Vuitton trunks and vintage stools. Perfect for a gentleman’s pad! Capriz also repurposes old furniture into home accessories to enhance its use. The Casa Capriz team hopes to emote the idea of design that’s closer to your hearts with their unique pieces.
VINTAGE WITH A MIX OF CONTEMPORARY
General Store provides everything you need for redesigning your homes. This store specializes in both American and European mid-century and industrial vintage pieces and modern designs. They feature a wide collection of vintage home accessories, vases, chairs, lightings and tables that are quirky and chic for modern homes. This is the perfect place to go to if you’re on the fence about acquiring a vintage or modern theme as its mix of contemporary and antique furniture is perfectly balanced. Why settle for one theme when you can easily mix it up at the General Store?
You’ll be glad to know that their design team consists of experienced specialists in retail, graphic, interior and product design, who’ll be more than happy to assist you at every step – from the initial conceptual planning to supervision and project completion.
A MIX OF OLD AND NEW MEMORABILIA
In Between is one of Hong Kong’s leading stores that feature all types of vintage memorabilia and quirky pieces from local designers. Creators Lio and Kinn, both from the creative and graphic design industry, decided to venture into the business by sharing their love for history and culture at the store.
This quaint shop is filled with some interesting and creative items like handmade flower light bulb décor, bottle cap bracelets, vintage Polaroid cameras and basically, any type of vintage memorabilia. If you’re a movie buff, go crazy with their notable collection of rare and original posters of classics from the 60s and 70s. They also organize pop-up stores with live performances by local artistes and workshops to share their creative talents.
NICHE HOME ACCESSORIES AND FURNITURE
Maison Huit brings to you an exclusive collection of exquisite tableware, home accessories and furniture. The owner Jane Chao-Lee, together with her partners Vanessa Chen-Cheong and Viola Chen-Kwan, scour the globe for luxurious yet practical lifestyle goods that are essential for chic, modern living.
Apart from furniture, you’ll find niche brands including ladies apparel like smart cashmere sweaters and handmade jewellery at the concept store. With its distinguished style and refined taste, Maison Huit serves as a good spot for filling those wedding gift registries or hunting down that perfect gift.
NORDIC EUROPEAN STYLED FURNITURE OF THE 1950s
Shop 1019, 10/f , Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau // Room B, 10/F., On Shing Industrial Building, 2-16 Wo Liu Hang Road, Fo Tan. Shatin
Scandinavian themed furniture has prevailed in Hong Kong due to its sleek and elegant designs. Style50s brings you nothing less, with the most exquisite Nordic handicrafts from the 1950s. Its creators Tommy and Amy pride themselves in the finishing of each piece of furniture, which are produced in a part of Thailand that’s famous for its handicrafts. Experienced craftsmen make these pieces with the finest teak wood. Quality fabrics from Italy and France are then used to create the classiest designs.
Apart from sofas, chairs and coffee tables, you will unearth some vintage memorabilia such as old British government badges and posters. Inject some personality into your homes with some of Style50s character-filled wares.
Antique Street / Cat Street
ANTIQUES AND KNICK-KNACKS
Located at Upper Lascar Row, Antique and Cat Street may look like a hoarder’s paradise at first but you’ll be able to find some hidden gems if you take time to dig a little deeper.
These streets are perfect places to check out old trinkets and affordable junk store knick-knacks like birdcages, vintage clocks, figurines and porcelain bowls. Apart from “junk”, they have authentic historical pieces such as Ming furniture as well as handcrafted replicas like bronze statues and antique homewares to embellish your places. Hollywood Road and Cat Street are widely known as Hong Kong’s hub for antiques and curios and present a refreshing change from the lane of high-end stores down the street. On a more serious note, many storeowners are self-claimed antique “experts” so be on the lookout for imitations.