It's easy to replicate home interior aesthetics with templates referenced from the web—scandinavian, art deco, industrial—you name it, the Internet's got it. Assembling complementary furniture bought from various household emporiums follows. These stores often offer models that are formulaic and easy to integrate with a home's interior but are nondescript. As a result, the lack of identity with ready-made furniture removes the ability to express unique individual traits. If vanilla is not your desired flavour, consider customizing key furniture at Ipse Ipsa Ipsum.
The Singapore-based design brand offers home pieces that oozed luxury but still retains the accessibility to customise. Spearheaded by creative head Saurabh Mangla, the company launched in 2016 to respond to the lack of distinctive wares which owners can truly call their own. This complements its design philosophy is to meld craftsmanship, culture, and technology that'll inspire exceptional pieces from your decisions. Expect original designs made by Asian craftsman at a reasonable price. How do they achieve this? The brand oversees its merchandise's product design and development to the retail environment that cuts off unnecessary costs.
Stepping in the brand's spacious Tan Boon Liat showroom, you'll get a bird's eye view of the different collections offered. From the Peranakan-inspired Moderne range to striking contemporary items (the Studio 54 palm tree lamp appeared on Crazy Rich Asians), you'll find hints of nostalgia and Asian heritage embedded in the designs' details. Mass production is absent as Ipse Ipsa Ipsum wants to retain the recognition of work and dignity to the skilled craftsmen.
Here comes the fun part. It's not the end after selecting your furniture. Instead, you get to exercise Ipse Ipsa Ipsum's option of personalizing and follow through its customising journey. For example, you can decide on the configurations of a sofa by adding on different components such as an additional lamp or mirror. You can also choose a preferred colour for the leather hide to mask the hand-crafted sofa. Mangla expressed "it's all about taking people along the experience of selecting marble slabs from a reputable quarry and knowing how they end up as the final product (for a table)."
Along with the main collection, Ipse Ipsa Ipsum also collaborates with local designers to bridge the gap between craftsmanship and manufacturing. So it's no surprise to learn that the first co-authored range featuring renowned local designed Nathan Young was a resounding success.
Ipse Ipsa Ipsum's showroom is located at 315 Outram Road, Tan Boon Liat Building #11-02, Singapore 169074