The allure of vintage furniture is not hard to understand—if you like your home full of character and brimming with historical value, you’ll want to find pieces dating back to decades or even centuries ago. It doesn’t hurt that the most sustainable furniture also happens to be pre-loved.
Whether you are shopping on a budget or are ready to invest, buying antiques will ensure that you create an invigorating space that is both unique and meaningful. A vintage hero piece is also guaranteed to be a brilliant conversation starter. Below, our edit of the best vintage stores in Singapore, perfect for spending the afternoon selecting ageless gems.
Noden’s sleek showroom is stocked with exquisite pieces of mid-century Danish furniture dating back to the 1940s. Driven by their love for Scandinavian design, Marko Yeo and Tawan Conchonnet, who founded the globally-renowned independent store in 2013, continue to make regular trips to Denmark to source for unconventional designs. From old design masters like Hans Wegner to more recent work from contemporary Scandinavian designers like Frama, Yeo and Conchonnet will happily take you through each item’s detailed origin history upon request.
A local gem nestled in the heart of Macpherson, Hock Siong has become a household name in recent years. The family-run store began as an old-school karang-guni business back in the 1970s, but it is now a second-hand furniture retailer that stocks everything from designer hotel furniture to up-cycled Pak Awang sofas. Visitors are bound to find something they like, from older furniture by modern luxury brands, to Javanese antiques, or knick-knacks like vintage posters and lamps. Part of Hock Siong’s charm is their crowded, eclectic space—it might look messy, but you might just lay eyes on something you didn’t know you were looking for.
Founded in the 1970s, family-run vintage store Just Anthony is full of relics sourced straight from China. The lavish selection will leave fans of Chinese antiques spoilt for choice—their collection encompasses everything from vintage door panels to oriental bar cabinets that look straight out of a period film. The pieces are not only stunning and intricately detailed, but also tell a story, thanks to the staff’s dedication in ensuring that every vintage item retains its original patina or natural discolouration. The showroom occupies a bungalow and a full warehouse, forming a sprawling trove of unexpected finds.
Jennifer’s Vintage & Antique
True lovers of vintage know that there is something sacred about buying a piece of furniture that is yet to be restored. Not only does it come at a more affordable price point than refurbished vintage items, you also get to experience the therapeutic magic of hand-restoring the piece yourself. That’s what owner Jennifer Cheng of Jennifer’s Vintage & Antique offers with her collection of untouched furniture and home-decor pieces. Think decades-old handcrafted teak wood cabinets, eclectic old Singaporean maps made of cloth, and paddy field rattan hats from the 1950s. Rather than a showroom, Cheng houses her precious finds in a storage facility, rendering the shopping experience like a treasure hunt.
Jennifer’s Vintage & Antique, Block 27 #01-306 Jalan Bahagia Singapore, Singapore 320027
Contact: +65 9633 7309 / https://www.facebook.com/JenniferVintageAndAntique/
Opening hours: Mon, 1pm to 4pm; Sat, 12pm to 5pm; closed on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays