In Singapore, the new, newfangled, cutting edge, modern has always been embraced. But lately, there has been a resurgence of appreciation for the past, maybe because it’s natural to look back while moving forward, which could probably explain the crop of vintage shops that has been sprouting across the metro lately.
Inspired by this, alphabeticalife and I decided to check out two vintage furniture shops in the McPherson area two Saturdays ago. Weekends, while always welcome, can get repetitive. There’s only so much coffee one can drink at a cafe or food to scarf down at brunch. And malls? The goal is to find something amusing to do without having ever to spend it at a mall.
Just to round out the expedition, we decided to check out the new popup design and architecture library that opened in Raffles Hotel Arcade. We would make that the first stop to what we had dubbed Design Saturday. Coincidentally, the Design Society Festival 2013 was running at the same time. The Saturday we went on our expedition, March 9, was the last day. It seemed fitting that we would be doing our own design-themed gallivanting that day.
Dish About Design, an architect and editor, and more importantly, someone who is always up for gadding about was roped in. Her contribution to the day: Two contemporary design shops that had showrooms in the area.
First stop: The Library x Sunny Hills
The Library is a free reference library dedicated to architecture, design and photography. Currently existing as a series of popup locations across Singapore, the current incarnation is located on the third floor of Raffles Hotel Arcade, and temporarily shares the space — until 31 May — of Taiwanese pastry makers SunnyHills. Housed in one cheerful location, The Library has more than 500 books curated by leading industry professionals in the creative fields. Photographer Jing Quek of SUPER Studio was on hand when we visited.