When was the last time you actually wanted to buy something from a museum gift shop? This glorified kiosk perched at the exit is always destined to store glow-in-the-dark cups, t-shirts you wouldn't even want to sleep in and flimsy, lacklustre notebooks.
Don't fret, for there is light at the end of this retail tunnel. Come November, we reckon you'd be flocking to Gallery & Co. at the National Gallery Singapore, a space curated by three of the most innovative names here: Unlisted Collection, Foreign Policy Design and Luxasia. The inaugural project of & Co., a new collective specialising in interdisciplinary projects, it sees Loh Lik Peng heading the shop's culinary chops, Yah-Leng Lu and Arthur Chin on branding, space and product design, as well as Alwyn Chong setting its retail direction.
Chef Sufian Zain from Restaurant Ember will add Southeast Asian pizazz to the space's cafe and cafeteria concept, envisioned to be an open space on the ground floor, overlooking the Padang. You can also look forward to a well-stocked bookshop and unique finds from collaborations between Southeast Asian artists and international creatives. See a preview of our favourites below.