As Singaporeans, we are admittedly ‘kiasu’ when it comes to looking out for a good deal, where we want to be assured of the quality of the product.
The Singapore spirit encompasses more than just our iconic ‘kampung’ spirit and our unique colloquial English, these 10 homegrown furniture stores have so much that we can all be proud of as they embody tenacity in making passion possible, where they are awarded the exclusive Made with Passion recognition mark.
Made with Passion Singapore
Made with Passion is a national initiative launched in 2020 by Singapore Tourism Board and Enterprise Singapore to support enterprising homegrown lifestyle brands. The third phase of this initiative brought in 58 new brands with over 150 total brands across 4 main categories including beauty and wellness, fashion and accessories, packaged food and beverages, and most importantly, home and decor.
In line with Singapore Design Week, here are the furniture designers and makers under the homeware and decor category, who craft innovative and unique pieces from larger furniture items to dainty home accessories to spice up a dull space.
10 Singapore Furniture Stores: Homegrown brands
Without further ado, let’s meet the 10 homegrown furniture brands that are made with passion.
Named after the renowned Italian sculptor and goldsmith, Benvenuto Cellini, Cellini Design was founded in 1986 by the sculptor and metallurgist, Tan Cheng Whatt. Aside from its unique cast aluminum furniture and quality craftsmanship, Cellini is a furniture company best known for its contemporary and stylish furniture designs.
Now you can relax in style, as you recline effortlessly on the Viso leather recliner sofa, priced at $2,238 for a single seater, thanks to the motorised reclining function where all it takes is a simple press of the button. Nothing speaks comfort more than a plush armrest and good neck support with the adjustable headrest.
Visit Cellini to find out more.
Beyond its furniture collection, Commune is a brand that embodies a human-centric philosophy in its furniture-making design and retail service process. Combining functionality with effortless form, Commune is all about bringing people together in style and comfort through its pieces from furniture to home accessories, designed to fit comfortably in small living spaces.
Everything you love about mid-century modern furniture with its geometric forms, clean lines, warm wooden tones, and more can be found in the Volta collection, which is aimed at defying the norms. The Volta nightstand (available at $759) is designed with an interesting angular drawer and matte brass leg caps that elevate the mid-century modern design style.
Visit Commune to find out more.
Dedicated to the art of handcrafted fabric sofas specialising in fine upholstery and furnishings, Danovel has been a heritage furniture brand since the 1960s. From the first products of small-framed sofas catered specially for HDBs, Danovel is on to making long-lasting sofas from scratch, powered by devotion and commitment to furniture-making.
Traditional armchairs were made with antique caster wheels to move them around the home easily. In the Bamburg armchair (retailing at $880), you will find 2 castor wheels installed on the front of the turned legs with a modern vintage style handcrafted chair.
Visit Danovel to find out more.
Doob bean bag
If you also believe that your butt deserves better, then you will need to check out doob bean bag, which is a brand birthed out of co-founder, Shane Low’s desire to create a durable and aesthetically pleasing bean bag for his dorm room in 2010. As a bean bag company, doob offers a colourful collection of stylish, sturdy, and comfortable bean bags that are designed to be safe, long-lasting, and easy to clean.
Show your love for Singapore by adding a touch of local pride to your home with plopsta (available from $279) which comes in the heritage collection of exclusive prints showcasing Peranakan tiles, shophouses, Hock Seng Pau, and the well-loved dragon playground.
Visit doob bean bag to find out more.
Creating a safe, engaging, and fun environment for children to play and learn is part of Edupod’s conviction. Edupod’s range of children’s toys, play furniture, and learning tools support children from as young as their early years to primary education, where they are handmade locally by carpenters and craftsmen with durable and eco-friendly materials.
No more excuses for the mess when you have the trolley with tote (available at $659) from Edupod, designed as a great storage catch-all with designated cut-outs to hold stationery, books, as well as smaller toy objects on the layered shelves.
Visit Edupod to find out more.
ipse ipsa ipsum
Translated as “for himself, herself, and itself”, ipse ipsa ipsum reflects the furniture design philosophy of having people at the center of it all, where individuals, artisans, and designers across different disciplines come together in co-creating distinct handcrafted pieces to elevate living spaces.
Beyond just a regular coffee table to hold your drinks and books, the Armenian bone inlay coffee table, retailing for $915 onwards, is a work of art. You can choose between the various coloured Peranakan patterned motifs to add a pop of wow to your living space.
Visit ipse ipsa ipsum to find out more.
Meet Roger&Sons, a newly rebranded woodworking brand of their late father Roger’s company, where the three sons revitalise it with an unapologetically young and modern take on the age-old craft of carpentry. With the label as ethical makers and mavericks, Roger&Sons craft unique bespoke furniture and thoughtful objects, focusing on sustainability and responsibility.
The work at Roger&Sons revolves around the ideating, designing, and building bespoke furniture for selected clients across the corporate, dining, retail, hospitality, and education sectors. One of the notable project mentions being the collaboration upcycling project with Singapore Airlines, features seats and galley carts (available at $2,800 and up) from the retired A380 planes recreated with repurposed wood to give them a new lease of life.
Visit Roger&Sons to find out more.
The furniture and lifestyle brand, Scene Shang was started by the duo, Jessica Wong and Pamela Ting who share the same passion for interior decorating with meaningful pieces of culture. As the saying goes ‘home is where culture begins’, Scene Shang began their journey of designing contemporary Asian homeware and furniture for the urban home, with the aim to share the rich history of Singapore.
Inspired by the charming Art Deco housing blocks in Tiong Bahru, the Tiong Bahru desk by Scene Shang (retailing at $1,040) features a 3-tiered solid elm wood shaped in the classic lines and curves seen in the Art Deco style with a powder-coated stainless steel frame that functions as the base of the table.
Visit Scene Shang to find out more.
Just like the remarkable strength of teak wood, Scanteak has remained rooted in their vision for over the past 40 years: To transform homes into inviting spaces with the warmth of teak wood and simplicity of Scandinavian design, with long-lasting and easy-to-maintain pieces at accessible prices. Teak is also known for its natural colour and grains that add a touch of beauty to a home.
Designed with a minimal and lightweight form for portability, but with a maximum storage function as the Fred side table by Scanteak (available at $199) comes with a tabletop surface, as well as a clever cut-out to house more items such as books or remote controls.
Visit Scanteak to find out more.
The Table Guy
What started off as a search for the perfect customised solid wood slab table turned into the birth of The Table Guy as a business providing full-service solid wood carpentry and bespoke furniture design. Each artisanal piece by The Table Guy is long-lasting and crafted from premium hardwoods sourced globally and locally, made to be suited for the local weather and space conditions.
Instead of any off-the-shelf TV console, how about checking out the live edge TV console by The Table Guy (retails at $1,799 and up)? Each TV console is unique and beautifully crafted with a natural live-edge drawer front made from a single slab of black walnut wood to perfectly hide away the messy cables and knick-knacks.
Visit The Table Guy to find out more.
Text: Jyn Teo/Home & Decor