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When it comes to your personal abode, furniture can say a lot about the homeowner. You don’t have to cram your space with many things, but it’s important to make sure that what you have is well-designed and of good quality – one expensive, well-made piece can make a lot of difference to a living room or a dining room. Whether you like sleek minimalism, quirky whimsy or chic individuality, here are eight conversation-starters for your home.


1. Alero Loveseat – Midnight Blue (SGD$999)

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Make the living room feel infinitely more luxurious by adding a statement piece such as the midnight blue velvet sofa from Swedish brand Laholm. Its plush texture, densely padded armrests and seat cushions, and clean, modern silhouette make it a gorgeous piece that will make you want to take any opportunity to curl up on it. After all, nothing feels more luxe than velvet.

Visit HipVan for more details.


2. Pivot Brass Caged Pendant Light (SGD$799)


Photo: Crate and Barrell

Nothing draws oohs and ahhs like a chandelier hanging in the living or dining room. But this striking caged pendant light by Crate and Barrell deviates from the traditional type that drips crystal. Instead, its concentric rectangles of gleaming brass bring to mind a pivoting mobile (for adults!), adding a modern geometric edge to any space. Finish it off with a vintage-inspired filament bulb for a lighting fixture that will truly draw the eye.

Crate and Barrell has several outlets. Visit here for more details.


3. Achelous Bean Bag (SGD$399)

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Photo: FortyTwo

Inject personality into your living space with a versatile bean bag by FortyTwo. Not only is the bean bag generously padded, it also has a soft fabric which produces a gentle hollow in its surface, inviting you to lie around and chill at home with a book or to watch TV. It comes in two colours: Cloud Grey and Charcoal Black, both neutral colours that would fit into any home décor or colour scheme.

FortyTwo is at Block 1 #05-01 5 Toh Guan Road East, Singapore 608831, tel: 67777667.


4. Cupid Coffee Table (SGD$509)

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Photo: Castlery

Who says you have to always settle for an ordinary coffee table? This Cupid Coffee Table by Castlery will take your living room from drab to fab with its intriguing geometric base. If you’re an avid book or magazine reader, you can use the table to display your favourite reads, as its cubic stand is built on inverted pyramids that easily double up as a chic storage space.

Castlery is at #02-06 Jit Poh Building, Singapore 089058, tel: 6744 5333.


5. Gipsy Cocoon Chair (SGD$1350)

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Photo: Originals

Change up the vibe of your home with the Gipsy Cocoon Chair by Vincent Sheppard. The lounge chair, which features a pleasing round shape, an airy delicate weave and extra cushioning, is perfect for afternoon naps. Made for outdoor spaces as well, the chair will fit perfectly on a balcony, verandah or garden – as you enjoy Nature with a glass of wine, or two.

Originals is at #05-02/03 1 Bukit Batok St 22, Singapore 659592, tel: 64719918.


6. AK 2720 TV Console (from SGD$5061)

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Photo: Naver Collection

TV consoles are usually highly functional pieces, hiding unsightly wires, storing TV boxes and elevating your TV to the right height for comfortable viewing. But this piece from the Naver Collection proves that it can be a sleek and stylish piece as well. Featuring a white corian top and intricately crafted wooden tambour doors, this media set is both practical and pleasing to the eye. Choose from nine different wood materials and finishes to customise the look of your console.

Danish Design Co Showroom is at #06-03 100E Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118521, tel: 62708483.


7. Cow Hide Rug (SGD$499)

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Photo: Nook & Cranny

Bold is in and we’re not just talking about colours. One wonderful way to play up a neutral-coloured room is to add a bold, patterned rug. The Webb Round Cow Hide Rug by Nook & Cranny is made from all natural cow hide and handwoven in India, and its striking geometric pattern will do just the trick in bringing life to your living room.

Nook & Cranny is at #02-02 39 Changi South Ave 2, Singapore 486352, tel: 9383 1176.


8. PM-02 Table Lamp (SGD$356)

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Photo: Fritz Hansen

Nothing changes up the mood of a room more effectively than lighting. Designed in the 1950s, Fritz Hansen’s PM-02 Table Lamp is a mid-century classic that adds elegant simplicity to any room. With a cylindrical shade set atop three metal legs, the lamp casts a warm light through its mouth-blown frosted glass. Set on a shelf, table or night stand, it functions as a welcoming beacon, inviting all to come close and bask in its soft, dreamy glow.

Visit Finnish Design Shop for more details.