What truly makes a house a home? Time, nostalgia and people are threads that weave familiarity into a space, intertwining to become a sanctuary that welcomes you each day. Another aspect that makes an essential difference? The furniture you fill the space with.
Other than its functional purpose, furniture serves as a time capsule, absorbing the shared experiences that transpire within a home. A connection forms the moment your eyes set upon the item and you make the decision to bring it home. It’s a subtle testament to who you are, and as days go by, the piece assimilates into your abode.
Of course, it is not only your own taste that is expressed within the shape, design and materiality of the object. As with all forms of craft, the spirit of the maker permeates each piece, their energy and intention transferring to the item from heart through hand.
Much like fine artists, furniture artisans gain inspiration from their surroundings and experiences, translating them into beautiful creations through a profound understanding of design and technique. At Studio Kallang, a wave of nostalgia surrounds each piece, saturated with the maker’s memories and perspective. Shibui Furniture Collective, on the other hand, speaks of unwavering dedication to the woodwork craft.
Together, each custom home object is steeped in the relationship shared between you, the maker and the material. It’s a piece that is unequivocally one-0f-a-kind—only yours to have. If you’re looking for an artisanal addition to your home, read on for Vogue’s edit of the best local and regional bespoke furniture designers, each with their own unique legacy.
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The brainchild of designer Faezah Shaharuddin, Studio Kallang is a Singapore and Seattle-based furniture studio. Here, furniture is seen as a tangible form of lived experience, with each piece showcasing a playful exploration of nostalgia and familiarity through form and shape. See the brand’s signature ‘Onde’ series, with bubble motifs reminiscent of traditional kueh, or ‘Mamun’, a whimsical side table with fluted glass doors and scalloped fringe.
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Jiawood’s woodwork pieces are lifelong companions. With an ethos steeped in Japanese tradition and culture, each creation is crafted with care, precision and a deep understanding of the materiality of wood. Taking inspiration from historical architecture and patterns from nature, founder Javad Tizmaghz begins his construction process with a careful decision on wood variety—considering the density, colour and natural characteristics that would best maintain the longevity of each piece. Jiawood’s specialty lies in traditional cabinets, tables and sliding Shoji doors.
‘Mountain Valley Sunset’ cabinet, in collaboration with Mokko Wood Studio. Shop here.
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A collaborative project between two artists, Niiil Co is rooted in a design approach driven by the child-like qualities of imagination and play. With emphasis on the potential of different materials, the duo’s design process is led by choice of element, rather than the item’s intended use. The result? Visually enticing pieces designed with a sharp sense of space. The brand’s debut collection is characterised by industrial furniture made primarily of aluminium and stainless steel, but don’t be fooled—as the founders continue to experiment with form and material, the next release is bound to something entirely different.
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Roger and Sons
Family-run furniture studio Roger and Sons is no stranger to the local design scene. Taking only custom orders on bespoke furniture pieces, the team’s keen eye for quality and craftsmanship creates functional and thoughtful furniture built to last, centred around sustainability and social responsibility. Boasting an expansive clientele across the corporate, education, retail and dining sectors, it stands to reason that items crafted by Roger and Sons will stand the test of time, imbuing your home with harmony and elegance.