Inspiration: Savvy Surrounding Style
The Scandinavian style has created quite a mark in the interior styling scene, with many homes opting for Scandi style furniture and decor. Well-known for its simplicity, Scandinavian style echoes the serene Nordic landscape, evoking a clean, laid-back flair, with earthy tones and minimal home accessories.
These 4 signature components are all you’ll need to recreate the Scandinavian style. Firstly, always remember that less is more when it comes to Scandinavian interiors – this is why most Scandi homes are sleek and spacious. Add minimal home interiors like the Bamboo ladder or the Lopez Rug. Secondly include lots of neutral colours or white accents – similar to the Metal Spook or Theo Shell Chair. Thirdly, WOOD. Sleek, wooden furniture adds texture, warmth and a contrast to the clean, white spaces. Finally, Scandinavians love a lot of light in their homes, especially during long winter days. So be sure to allow natural light in – alternatively, you could add your own element of light with candles or the AMP Pendant lamp.
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If there were one thing Scandinavia is known for, it’s their fantastic eye for design and excellent craftsmanship – specifically in the furniture and home accessories arena. Even those who aren’t particularly design-oriented can recognise and appreciate the aesthetic qualities of clean lines, sinuous curves, and clean construction, evident in all Scandinavian homewares.
Even large-scale brand name stores from Scandinavian countries adhere to these basic Scandinavian design rules, which is why there is hardly a home in Singapore that doesn’t have at least one item from a certain Swedish furniture store as known for its ready-to-assemble furniture as it is for its meatballs (sans horsemeat).
But if you’re looking for Scandinavian furniture that is less mass-produced, of sturdier quality and sold at locally owned retailers, here’s our guide on where to find Scandinavian Homewares in Singapore, where you’ll be introduced to the true nature (and full glory) of Scandinavian furniture design.
So you’ve got your Scandinavian furniture, home accessories and home décor settled, now it’s time to move on to kitchenware, which you can find at BI&L, which offers shelves of crockery, kitchen utensils and other cooking accessories of brands imported from Europe, many hailing from Scandinavia. Take for instance Danish label Eva Solo, known for home accessories and kitchenware that look as good as they are useful, and MENU, also from Denmark, known for its clever kitchenware in simple, monochrome designs.
Home accessories from Scandinavian brands
The Bloesem shop is curated by Bloesem blog founder, Irene Hoofs. It is part of a creative space that also includes a workspace and studio. Make a stop by this quaint and sunlit space for a splash of design inspiration. The store stocks unique design and lifestyle products from local and international artisans as well as Scandinavian and European designers such as Fine Little Day, Darling Clementine, Brita Sweden, Nala and Jurianne Matter. If you get the chance, sign up for one of the workshops in Bloesem’s roster for an afternoon of authenticity and craft.
UPDATE May 2015: Bloesem Creative Space in Tiong Bahru has closed. We will update this page with their new location when we have it!
Functional designs with modern silhouettes
#01-03A, 2 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159919. By appointment only. Also available online.
Castlery is peppered with sleek and functional designs that don’t clutter the space. Chairs, stools and tables in ultra-modern silhouettes create the illusion of a spacious pad. The uber cool Naomi armchair is a contemporary take on classic mid century design; with rounded edges and smart tapered legs made out of natural birch. The chair comes in a slew of vibrant modern hues that can suit any space you’re planning to furnish. In addition to this, Castlery is also home to many other chic and functional pieces that can be placed in your home to raise its scandi-quotient.
Whimsical furniture for the little ones
Cuckoo is a little lifestyle store in Singapore that has recently opened its first concept store at Dempsey Hill; showcasing an inspiring range of furniture, decor and other delights specially curated with both you and your little ones in mind. The store’s whimsical collection of furniture and décor embodies the softness of Scandinavian design with the flair of the French. Some of the brands stocked here include April Showers by Polder, La Cerise Sur Le Gateau, Les Pipelettes, Mouche, Nini La Duchesse and Pigmée. Build your cosy happy nest with Cuckoo’s range of quirky bedding, house linen, home décor and toys specially curated for the little ones.
Classic, modern, scandinavian designs
Heard of a Scandinavian homeware brand but not sure where to find it in Singapore? Chances are you’ll find it at Danish Design, which carries well-established Scandinavian brands (some of them award-winning) such as Brodrene Andersen, Duba B8, Eilersen, Fredericia, Gloster, Holmris, Nayer Collection and Northern Lighting. This is a local store that understands and appreciates the fundamental principle of Scandinavian design where form follows function, ensuring that all their furniture serves its function while exuding elegance in its design. Whether you’re looking for indoor, outdoor or office furniture, you won’t be disappointed at Danish Design, which promises classic and modern Scandinavian designs at reasonable prices.
Contemporary luxury furniture specialists
Since setting up shop in 2006, Dream Interiors has established a reputation for providing luxury furniture imported from all over the world. And, of course, that includes Scandinavian furniture – you can’t promise to offer the best if you don’t include Scandinavian designs – with names like Danish homeware brand Gubi, legendary Finnish architect and furniture designer Eero Saarinen, and Swedish furniture designer Greta Magnusson Grossman fattening their portfolios.
Scandi design with an asian flavour
Touted as a furniture spot for “Scandinavian design with an Asian flavour”, Galanga Living handpicks furniture designs from suppliers around the region as well as from Scandinavia, many of which are made exclusively for the local furniture store. Galanga Living offers both outdoor and indoor furniture, as well as interior accessories to spruce up your home with. Their style is contemporary, yet chic, with wide ranging looks, offering up a myriad of possibilities for your home.
Scandinavian inspired decor
20 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 169770 | Also available online.
Maissone is a welcome addition to the Tiong Bahru area that has been dearly lacking in the home accessories department. Maissone curates an exquisite and extensive collection of homeware and bedlinen products sourced from all over the world that will convert your house into a home. Its founder, Michelle Boyce, has a healthy obsession with design and interiors and has used her extensive travel history to guide her product choices. The products at Maissone have an obvious Scandinavian influence with their simple and minimalist design. This, coupled with the injection of fresh colour, brings vibrancy to the home. Check out their scandi-style cross shaped trivets that are not only charming but also a brilliant accessory to any space.
Interior stylists stocking multiple European brands
#06-01, 1200 Depot Road, Singapore 109675 | Also available online.
More than just your average furniture store, Make Room offers a holistic experience; transforming their showroom into a space where you can sit back, relax, and envision what your new home will look like. Make Room offers Danish furniture brands Nordal and Madam Stoltz, along with a few other European brands as well as their eponymous in-house label. If you spot a stunning Scandinavian piece but aren’t too sure how to match it up in your home, feel free to ask Make Room for their interior styling services, which will immediately turn your new house into a new home.
Scandi-inspired bedding and soft furnishings
Available at Ni Night, 7 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427742. | Also available online.
Named after the curious, brave and playful character, Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, this homeware brand lives up to Scout’s lively qualities. With Scandi-inspired designs created in-house in Australia and Singapore, their high quality bedding for babies, children and adults is made in limited supply in countries like India, Portugal, Peru and Australia. To complete the look, Scout also offers a range of rugs and cushions to complement their gorgeous cot linen and bed sheets.
Fuss-free for a distinct designer feel
The Design Store’s showroom is a little out of the way for most, but it’ll certainly be worth the trip, with 8000 square feet of furniture and home accessories by brands from all over Europe. Some of the Scandinavian labels carried are Muuto and Normann Copenhagen. The former is a leader in Scandinavian furniture, lighting and design accessories known throughout the world, while the latter is a Danish brand known for breaking convention with innovative ideas that put a modern spin into traditional Scandinavian designs.