If you’re looking to spruce up your home this National Day, why not shop closer to our shores? The Singaporean furniture design scene is growing, with local designers showcasing their designs at prestigious local and overseas expos like the Milan Furniture Fair. From furniture items to homeware to unique light fixtures, there are so many new options to choose from!
We put the spotlight on 8 homegrown designers and find out what inspires their creations:
Photo: Melvin Ong
1. Melvin Ong, 32, of Desinere
"We reflect on the relationship between items, people and experiences so as to create authentic, honest objects that are refreshingly unexpected. The beauty of the natural world and its minute details are our constant source of awe and inspiration."
Get: Monolith table, $675
Photo: Tan Li Ling
2. Tan Li Ling, 30, of When I Was Four
"We want to bring back childhood memories of places and objects as they start to disappear in a rapidly growing urban city, and hope people can slow down once in a while to find happiness in daily life."
Get: Provision Shop cushion cover, $28
Photo: Alvin Chan
3. Alvin Chan, 30, of Concrete Everything
"The idea came by observing construction workers using [cement] to conduct renovation works. Nature also inspires me because we may look at it yet miss its beauty."
Get: Madam Moony lamp, $154
Photo: Jessica Wong and Pamela Ting
4. Jessica Wong (left) and Pamela Ting, both 32, of Scene Shang
"Our Asian cultural heritage is quite wide and deep, and I especially enjoy listening to stories and memories, to serve as inspiration and connection," says Jessica.
Get: Jia Ju rocking stool, $380
Photo: Charlotte Wong
5. Charlotte Wong, 28, of Comme Home
"We yearn to create pieces that are timeless, classic and will be a mainstay in every home. No matter where and how you use our marble, we hope it feels like home."
Get: Round marble tray, from $79
Photo: Mike Tay
6. Mike Tay, in his 40s, of Onlewo
"I created the Tiong Bahru pattern to record down the happy chapter in my life when I bought my first home — a pre-war apartment in the neighbourhood."
Get: Tiong Bahru stool, $350
Photo: Kok Yih Ming
7. Kok Yih Ming, 36, of Kudzu
"I'm inspired by ongoing global events, and like to reflect on these issues and perspectives to visualise them into a story."
Get: Colt Commander chair, $570
Photo: Juliana Yeow
8. Juliana Yeow, 24, of Concreate Goods
"Conversations, things I see and people around me all provide inspiration and tons of ideas!"
Get: Concrete cushion, $59
Written by Elizabeth Liew for The Singapore Women's Weekly.