Aug 10, 2019 | By Luke Tebbutt
Experience Lifestyle & Interiors on WGSN.
Apr 07, 2016
During a trip to Singapore Design Week last month for IFFS and Maison & Objet Asia, I spotted a few furniture brands that really know what they’re talking about. Here is a pick of the ones I loved the most, and why.
Who: Founded in Singapore in 1972, Koda has now extended to Malaysia, China and Vietnam, and is exporting to over 50 countries around the world, while retaining a strong South Asian style.
Why we love: Koda’s meticulous selection of materials and sleek shapes give products a sophisticated elegance. Their collections cleverly combine industrial aesthetics with an understated luxury and a precise sense of details. Richly polished as well as softly stained woods mix with smooth leathers and brushed metals.
Who: Antique House is a Chinese company specialising in the reproduction of antique furniture of French, English, American and Asian style.
Why we love: Their pieces smartly combine European and Asian influences in designs that retain a strong traditional aesthetic while displaying a resolutely modern look. Wooden chests and wardrobes of historical silhouettes are updated with light washes of colour or sleek metallic accents. French country-style upholstery and white-wash finishes are applied to furniture of Asian descent.
Who: A 25-year old Chinese brand, Wan You designs and manufactures furniture, soft furnishings, lighting products and home accessories, supplying companies all-over the world, from Restoration Hardware in the US to Flamant in Belgium or Becara in Spain and OKA in the UK. But the brand also has its own shop in Beijing.
Why we love: Wan You’s opulent style pays homage to the grand epochs of Italian, Dutch, English or French furniture-making. And as the brand started by restoring antique Chinese furniture, its skilled workers have years of experience in antiques repair, skills that are visible in their high-quality production of gilded mirrors or velvet daybeds.
Who: A Danish company set up in Vietnam, Sketch proposes collections of contemporary classics with a strong Scandinavian influence
Why we love: The brand’s Danish heritage imbues products with a simple, honest style. Light woods mix with pastel upholstery, softening modern interiors, and combining Asian taste for neutral, understated designs with a brighter approach.
Who: With offices in the Netherlands and production facilities in Indonesia and China, Asiades designs, develops and produces living and dining furniture for indoor and outdoor.
Why we love: The brand’s booth at IFFS had a warm, slightly 1970s-like atmosphere. Smooth pink velvets sat next to amber-tinted glass tabletops and extra-large sofas had a comforting appeal true to the My Home is My Bed trend.
Who: The two British founders of Vietnam-based company Square Roots started the company in 2007, from a shared love of design and passion for sustainability.
Why we love: The brand’s handmade furniture exude a sense of timeless quality, with rich wood essences handcrafted into exquisite pieces. I particularly love the graphic inlaid details of brass or contrasting wood, added here and there on tabletops or cabinets, as in an after-thought. It’s simple and elegant at the same time, a quiet decoration.
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