For anyone looking for a vintage rosewood cabinet, teak day beds or upcycled tables and desks, visit this warehouse in Tai Seng. You can easily spend an entire afternoon browsing through the collection it has amassed through the ’70s and ’80s. It also has pieces from hotels that have gone through refurbishment.
Be charmed by reworked pieces like old sewing machines turned into coffee tables, wood from old furniture and rattan chairs transformed into mid-century modern pieces, and even old iron window grills repurposed to dining tables. If you have some cool ideas in mind, Second Charm also makes custom furniture with salvaged old scrap pieces.
If you like everything vintage and old-world, Singapore Trading Post has a great collection of pre-loved pieces like grandfather clocks, bronze statues and old posters from the 60s. Inspired by the tradition of the East India Trading Company, this furniture shop carefully sources for items from places that inspire them around Southeast Asia.
This long, three-storey shophouse on Craig Road is the only one on the block that’s not been refurbished, and for good reason. It is lined and packed with trinkets and treasures – from jade cabbages in cabinets, porcelain plates on the walls and typewriters lining the stairwells, to old Chinese dressing tables and an ancient music player that looks like an oversized, numberless grandfather clock with the functions of a pianola.
One of the oldest furniture shops in Singapore, Teong Theng Co specialises in classic rattan pieces. Established in 1945, this place is one of the very few places in Singapore where you can find the iconic rattan swing, rocking chairs and the iconic seashell chairs common in households in the past. Sturdy and weatherproof, it's no wonder rattan furniture have not gone out of fashion over the years.