Whether you have just applied for your first HDB flat, or bought a bungalow, there is a piece of designer furniture that’s just right for you. This is the second of a six-part series that will give you the 101 on original designer furniture.
By Low Shi Ping
Noden is a specialist in vintage Danish furniture and Scandinavian classics – one of the resellers of authentic designer furniture in Singapore.
Is the idea of buying designer furniture even on your radar? Before you let the word that starts with an E get in the way (“expensive!”, we know), consider this: there is a plethora of options in Singapore for every budget – from authentic furniture resellers to local designers, and even auction houses.
Edmund Liau, Creative Director of the interior design firm Blackrice Design Studio, is all too familiar with the concern of cost.
“If budget is the limitation, I always try to mix and match different pieces from different brands together,” he says.
“Get signature pieces that can help enhance the value and look of the spaces and mix them with pieces that are cheaper, without compromising too much on comfort and aesthetics.”
His clients seem convinced. Some of the positive feedback he has received include how they got what they paid for, the great after-sales service from the retailers and the high quality of the furniture.
Start with Resellers
Noden is a specialist in vintage Danish furniture and Scandinavian classics, founded by Marko Yeo and Tawan Conchonnet.
The duo share that they sell “very affordable” (vintage side tables and school chairs from $80-150 each) to highly-collectible furniture pieces.
Born from the couple’s home in 2013, Noden has slowly grown to have both an online and brick-and-mortar presence.
“We pride ourselves on having an identity and style that is uniquely Noden, together with a very carefully selected range of furniture that Tawan and I both love very much,” shares Yeo.
“At Noden, it’s not about the bells and whistles, it’s about the whole experience from the second you discover us, such as on Instagram, to the moment you leave our shop; it’s a very cosy and natural experience.”
Occupying a smaller niche is 1B2G Fine Vintage Furniture, selling rare and original works of furniture and lighting by renowned Danish designers of the 20th Century.
1B2G Fine Vintage Furniture sells rare and original works of furniture and lighting by Danish designers of the 20th century. Pictured here are: Verner Panton, Table Lamp, Hans Wegner, Table and Arne Jacobsen, “Grand Prix” Chair.
These include ones by Hans Wegner, Poul Henningsen and Borge Mogensen.
Its owner, Lynette Tan, says her collection includes design classics in superb condition and auction-able quality.
“Our approach is that of a collector, rather than a dealer, and our collection is assembled and built up with every item representing something that we adore and would be happy to live with.”
Maintenance, she adds, is easy, considering the pieces have already stood the test of time and still look fabulous 50 to 80 years on. When used respectfully, they need only be wiped with a damp, then dry cloth.
She waxes lyrical about her chosen trade, “Besides the tangible aspect of collecting vintage design for its masterful craftsmanship and use of material that is now endangered, there is the romantic longing for simpler days, the fusion of nostalgia with recognition that furniture was built to last.”