The next time you’re sauntering down Haji Lane and desperately need the sweet kiss of an air-conditioner, don’t pop into a café. Seek shelter instead in a new 'reading room and tea salon' in the neighbourhood, where you can browse design and art tomes while sipping, pinkies out, on a cup of tea.
It’s called Looksee Looksee, and true to its name, you can’t actually bring the books home. You’ll have to browse them within a pastel-hued space that won’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson flick or on the pages of a Kinfolk issue. The collection, which includes such titles as Fashionable Selby and Architecture and the Architect, is as thoughtful as the interiors – it’s curated by heavyweights of the city’s creative scenes. So if you’ve ever wondered what chef Bjorn Shen or fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam have on their coffee tables, you’ll find out here.
And, hey, there’s (well, kinda) free tea, too. Provided by homegrown specialty tea company A.muse Projects, the brews are served either hot or cold – and in vessels handcrafted by a local ceramicist, Ivan Lee of Weekend Worker, no less.
You’re encouraged to leave a tip or pick up a piece of A.muse merchandise, so this one cannot just look see, okay?
The local slant isn’t mere lip service to the Little Red Dot. It’s designed as a place of quietude and inspiration for entrepreneurs and creative talent. Like the people behind Looksee Looksee itself: The Lo and Behold Group, that proudly Singaporean F&B behemoth behind Odette, OverEasy and The White Rabbit, among others. And guess what – Looksee’s a part of the group’s headquarters. Yep, this office is way cooler than yours.