As the year of staying home enters its final lap, re-decorating the space you have been spending all your time in might be on your mind. The chicest of Singaporean homes reflect a smorgasbord of artistic and cultural influences, but what often goes missing are quirky touches reminiscent of the best our island has to offer: our community and shared spaces. If you wish to infuse your space with some Singapura-spirit, the key is to pick pieces that really speak to you, whether it is a miniature playground that conjures fond childhood memories, or a blown up Lino-cut print of your favourite local treat.
Here, Vogue rounds up five pieces that will impart a dose of nostalgia and culture to your space, suitable for Singaporeans abroad who wish to keep a piece of their heritage close to heart, or anyone who calls this city a home.
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Porcelain plate from Supermama
Crafted from premium Japanese porcelain, Supermama’s gold-rimmed plates bring together many recognisable motifs that represent sights everyone living in Singapore is familiar with—from the delicate arches of the Gardens by the Bay supertrees to the ERP gantries dotting our highways.
$120, available at Supermama
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Coffee table book from In Good Company
Entitled Lost Guides, this stylish travel guidebook spotlights over 100 special spots in Singapore, from off-beat coffee shops to art galleries. Peppering in interviews with local creatives and snippets of Singaporean literature, the book brings our city to life with nostalgic photography and hand-drawn and illustrated maps.
$32, available at In Good Company
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Linocut prints from Monster Gallery
Singapore-based printing studio Monster Gallery have created a series depicting the familiar snacks found at every local mama shop or convenience store, ranging from White Rabbit taffy candy to Mamee, an addictive fried instant-noodle snack. With a distinctively vintage feel, these prints will complement modern interiors while adding visual interest to your home.
$20, available at BooksActually
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Dragon Playground miniature from Arch Singapore
If you grew up in Singapore in the 1980s, you will remember the dragon-shaped playgrounds that littered our neighbourhoods and public housing estates. While most of the playgrounds themselves have been torn down, memories of the beloved terrazzo-tiled dragon head and the colourful steel rings that children once crawled through are preserved in time through this handcrafted, 3D miniature.
$48, available at Arch Singapore
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Table lamp from Onlewo
This understated yet elegant linen lamp from local designer Onlewo portrays some of the most notable landmarks in Singapore, ranging from museums and colonial houses to the historical Cathay building and Newton Food Centre. Depending on what your home needs, the same print is available on cushion covers, throws or even face masks.
$285, available at Onlewo