Chinese furniture design is always known for being quite hard and angular and the thought tends to bring to mind those hard, long and elaborate dark wood seats your grandparents like to pose on for family photos. They can be harsh (and sometimes a little scary) and these days, no one really wants that in their home. After all, home’s ultimately the place to go and relax after an exhausting day.
Founded by Pamela Ting and Jessica Wong, Scene Shang has found ways to incorporate elements of Chinese culture gorgeously into their delicate and modern homeware pieces. Inspired by their time in Shanghai, and continuing to work with traditional craftsmen from China, the two have continuously put out must-have homeware items such as their stackable SHANG system and Banker desk lamps.
A cult favourite for those in the know, Scene Shang has until now only been available online and in select stores in Singapore. However, earlier this year, the dynamic duo of Ting and Wong decided it was time to open their first flagship store, picking out a cosy shophouse on Beach Road. A trip to the store is like a visit to a design wonderland, with everything blending seamlessly together.
To commemorate the store opening, the brand has launched Jia Ju, a new furniture collection including a chair, table, sideboard and rocking stool. We took a closer look at the store (aka. shopping) to see what else is available to customers.
Scene Shang flagship store, 263 Beach Road, Singapore 199543, +65 6291 9629, shop.sceneshang.com
This beautiful centrepiece to the new store is a gorgeous blend of old and new with its elegant, Chinese-inspired finishings and a creative use of marble that is fresh and inspiring.
Part of the Jia Ju collection, the table, like the other pieces, is inspired by Ming Dynasty craftsmanship and has a minimalist appeal that still maintains a touch of Asian elements to its look.
Inject a dash of nostalgia into your home with this chair, which is from Scene Shang’s latest collection and calls to mind the retro stringed chairs of yesteryear.
Crafted in ash wood with brass inlay, the chair has a streamlined silhouette inspired by the Ming Dynasty and is fashioned with recessed horse hoof leg details. Contemporary with a vintage twist, this chair is both functional and stylish.
Designed in sleek ash wood with a hexagonal rattan insert, this stool from the store’s new collection is a grown-up version of the rattan rocking horses from our childhood days.
Its mature elements come in the form of an angular polygon seat, smooth lines and sophisticated mortise and tenon joinery inspired by Ming Dynasty craftsmanship. And yes, the stool rocks, so both the young and young at heart can enjoy using it.
This might be cheating a little, but we love both the stackable SHANG system table cabinet here as well as the gorgeous Maverick armchair that is made-to-order from salvaged and restored steel frames.
The cabinet can also be customised and comes in various colours and stackable sizes with the possibility of adding three drawers to the stand. Both are perfect to create something unique for the home.
Featuring illustrations of iconic local landmarks such as the Tanjong Pagar Railway and Cathay Building, this adorable range of cushion covers will jazz up your living room with some local flavour.
Our pick is the Aliwal Arts Centre cover, which is based on the old-school facade of the building in Kampong Glam. Colourful and quirky, it’s bound to leave a lasting impression on your houseguests.