You can tell so much about a person by the way that he furnishes his space. Sleek lines and monochromatic colours? Modern man who appreciates minimalism. Ornate interior decor? A taste of the finer things in life; definite maximalist. Wooden crates doubling as a coffee table/seat/laptop stand? Trust fund Ivy Leaguer pretending to be a hipster. But what about the man who wants to respect heritage yet embrace contemporary design?
Meet local furniture label Scene Shang. Co-founded by Pamela Ting and Jessica Wong, Scene Shang boast designs that have clinched a bevy of prestigious awards since its inception in 2013. The creative house marries the best from the East and West, blending oriental and contemporary design ideas into their 1930s Shanghai-inspired furniture that instantly elevates any living space. Think: Crazy Rich Asians, but with taste.
Here, we hand-pick our favourite pieces.
We all have an armchair in the living room that we love to lounge in; a designated spot to cozy up during the day with a book or to recline into the night with a glass of whisky. Let us introduce you to the Maverick Armchair by Scene Shang. Architecturally stunning, it is made with a bent steel frame and upholstered in plush, buttery leather. This armchair comes in four beautiful colours, but our eyes are drawn to the smooth chocolate or bold lime green.
Ever owned a dresser that had more accolades under its belt than your own resume? Winning the prestigious President’s Design Award in 2014 and the Golden A’ Design Award in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design in Italy is no small feat. The highlight of this intricately carpentered, made-to-order, modular stacking system is its adaptability. Be it adding a stool, taking away the tray or adding more drawers, switching up your furniture is as easy as yi, er, san—the three combinations named after the Chinese characters of one, two and three. If none of the standard hues tickle your fancy, you’ll be glad to know that Scene Shang offers a myriad of other shades for those who want to nail their colour story to a tee.
1930s Shanghai was a golden era of booming business. Bankers were often buried behind stacks of account books, bathing and seeking refuge in emerald green lights on mahogany tables. The colour also symbolised wealth, which made the lamps ubiquitous in the banking fraternity. Scene Shang’s nostalgic iteration of the iconic Emeralite sees a much modernist approach—the handmade glass shade is held up by symmetrical brass stems, and grounded by a slab of luxe Nero Marquina black marble. A perfect addition to a reading desk of any working professional.
Artist Arthur P.Y. Ting recreates the iconic shop house windows that were once perched on Neil Road, Chinatown, and Emerald Hill in a series of three-dimensional artworks named 'The Singapore Mini Window'. It's a reminder that keeping our heritage alive is just as important as making progress; offering pause to appreciate how far we've come. Great for adding depth and interest to blank walls, this tactile and intricate piece is a guaranteed conversation starter.
For more East Asian inspired living and homeware, check out Scene Shang's flagship store at 263 Beach Road, Singapore 199542.