I’ve been hanging out with some lovely new people who’ve come here from Hong Kong and it’s prompted me to re-run this find from long ago:
When we moved from our enbloc apartment on Orchard Boulevard to suburbia, we went from having everything built-in, to a house with nothing in it at all by way of furniture. Taylor B is not new (although two years ago, when I first stumbled across it courtesy of a tip-off from an American lady I bonded with at a hopeless Dempsey furniture sale, it was) but it’s a goodie and perfect whether you need to make urgent purchases to unpack into – like we did – or whether you are just browsing.
Owned by a Canadian and an American lady who met through their children’s school, they have a background in interior design and have lived all over the world, including China (where they source a lot of their stuff from). Staff are really helpful and one of the owners is most likely to be there when you visit. Quite hard to find (call ahead and get directions from them), park and then walk round to the back of the building where you take an enormous cargo lift up to the 2nd floor. Walking from the dingy corridor into their huge and often bustling shop/showroom is a bit like being in Alice in Wonderland and falling down a rabbit hole. In a good way. They now also have a second showroom (selling seconds/slightly damaged stock) across the road.
Pieces I still love and bought from here two years ago include an antique Chinese chest (very reasonably priced at around $200), a Chinese-style cupboard I use as a child’s wardrobe (often these are shelved as opposed to having a hanging rail – not a problem as they have an on-site handyman who can whip out some or all of the shelving and put a lovely wooden rail in for you) as well as this sideboard, pictured at the top of the page, with huge cupboards perfect for storing anything and everything in – I even hide my shoes underneath it too.
Taylor B has the feel of an auction house but with stuff you actually want to buy (vs Expat Auctions which we haven’t had much luck with recently).
Opening Times: 11am-5pm Mon-Fri; 12pm-5pm Sat & 3pm-5pm Sun. Do call ahead if you are planning a visit just to double check they are open and not on a buying trip.
Taylor B Fine Design, 43 Keppel Road (#03-01/02)
E: email@example.com (they don’t have a website*)
T: (+65) 8469 7705 / 9177 000
*While editing this to fit my new site, I am pleased to report that finally Taylor B DO now have a website and it can be viewed here.
Image of Taylor B showroom is courtesy of Spicer and Bank