Sourcing for one-of-a-kind home décor? Start with this list! We curated a slew of homegrown brands with beautiful and unique wares you will love to pepper your home with.
1. Photo Phactory
Featured: Peranakan Tiles Folding Tray Table (Blue), SGD 280
What you’ll find: The local photographer behind this homegrown brand takes photos of Singapore’s culture and history (think rows of shophouses and Peranakan tiles), edits them into brightly hued prints before turning them into home furnishings like serving trays, placemats and cushion covers.
2. The GoDown
Featured: Enamel Kerosene Stove Blue, SGD 149
What you’ll find: Love hunting down vintage? The GoDown, helmed by local designer Audrey Lee, is the perfect pit stop. You will find everything from an antique weighing scale to an old betel nut box that would fit perfectly on an empty window mantel. Definitely conversation starter pieces.
3. Scene Shang
Featured: KIAN Old Elm Wood Gate Bench, SGD 280
What you’ll find: So inspired by the city of Shanghai and its Art Deco past, two locals left their full-time jobs as a banker and designer to set up furnishings label Scene Shang. Their wares, ranging from benches to rugs, are a blend of classic Chinese elements and modern day sensibilities that are just as functional as they are original.
4. Concrete Everything
Featured: Jesmonite Hex Lamp, SGD 80
What you’ll find: This local design studio started out using concrete to craft their wares, but they’ve since ventured into using materials like resin and jesmonite to create unique accessories for the home. Prefer to DIY? Their online store also offers kits, supplies and instructional videos so you can craft your very own décor.
5. Cat Socrates
Featured: Cats & Plant Cushion Cover, SGD 36 each
What you’ll find: It’s not all about cats in this homegrown lifestyle store, although there’s a significant portion, you will see, that is dedicated to cat lovers and their furry pals alike. Still, there are other bits and bobs you will find, including scented candles, planters and kitchenware for every sort of home décor lover.
6. Crane Living
Featured: Moura Pastel Vase, from SGD 53
What you’ll find: Crane is a members-only social club that has since ventured into retailing home décor. Their range of homewares is on-trend and incredibly Insta-worthy, catering to a large variety of tastes from Zen to the bohemian. Purchase from the physical store or online shop, or head over to any of their pop-ups. Information available on their website.
7. Rokuro Ceramics
Featured: Snug Mug Pretzel Version, SGD 48
What you’ll find: Three friends who met in pottery class decided to set up Rokuro Ceramics as a platform to sell their wares. The pieces are one-of-a-kind, so when it’s sold out, it’s sold out. The pieces are sorted into ornamental and functional wares, with a partiality for organic silhouettes and earthy hues.
Featured: Old SG Movie Tickets Table Runner, SGD 125
What you’ll find: Founded by local fabric designer Mike Tay, Onlewo carries an array of home accessories made using fabrics and prints that are collaborations with other local artists or designed by Tay himself. They feature motifs of Singapore’s scapes and culture (our favourite print has to be the one made up of old Singapore movie tickets) and are available in ottomans, placemats, lamps, curtains and cushions, among others.
9. Nine Wicker Ave
Featured: The Hamptons Candle, SGD 42.90
What you’ll find: Candles aren’t just for scenting your home, as evident by the gorgeous ones you see at homegrown label Nine Wicker Ave. These are pretty enough for display at the most prominent of places! Besides incorporating different fragrances in their soy candles, each product is also decorated with tiny gemstones and dried flowers. That self-care sanctuary you’re planning will definitely look as lovely as it smells.
Featured: Sweet Home ceramic pieces, from SGD 85
What you’ll find: Founder Mike Tan used to work as an interior stylist before starting up his own lifestyle label Egg3, so you are definitely in the right place for chic interior goods. The pieces here are sourced from all over the world, with most being decorative. There are timeless gems that stand the test of time to quirky pieces you don’t see anywhere else. Visit their physical store at Joo Chiat to see a wider range.