Welcome to a new space that'll serve a three-pronged approach to celebrating good design. Opening today, local furnishing and homeware duo Pamela Ting and Jessica Wong of SCENE SHANG unveils their flagship store along Beach Road. After finding success as an online and occasional pop-up retailer, their new 1,000 sq ft. space will serve as a store, showroom and interactive gallery/workshop that celebrate heritage in craftsmanship.
You'll notice this right off the bat — as you enter the store, you'll see bat hooks hanging off fishing nets in the entrance. A nod towards Beach Road's history as a seafront pre-land reclamation, the bats (bian fu) symbolise a play on the phonetics of 'good fortune' and 'bliss' in Mandarin.
Similar to what you'll find in Chinese heritage homes, walk further in and you'll be met with an internal courtyard, complete with a tree planted beneath a glass skylight. Featuring a four-petal plum shaped wall, the space is intended to host interactive design workshops and installations. Their first is one by local florist Triceratops, who will also hold botanical workshops.
Apart from SCENE SHANG's collections, you'll find other objects crafted in the same vein of bringing Asian design to a contemporary audience: Kinto glassware from Japan, Art deco fans by Imasu from China, Peranakan art collages by Arthur P.Y. Ting and Tiong Bahru prints by Julie Williams. BooksActually's design and lifestyle titles also retail.
Another highlight is the brand's newly launched Jia Ju collection, inspired by the minimalist lines and curves prevalent in Ming Dynasty design. Featuring a dining table, chair, rocking stool and sideboard, they make understated additions to a modern home that recognises the importance of good design and the history that comes alongside it.
The SCENE SHANG flagship store is located at 263 Beach Road. For more information, click here.