AS people become more houseproud, getting furniture off the shelf doesn't cut it anymore. Customisation is the latest decorating trend as homeowners work with interior designers to create bespoke pieces.
Cynics might dismiss bespoke as a euphemism for getting a carpenter to make you a chair in a certain size, but not quite.
"Bespoke furniture entails customisation, but it also allows clients to work with a designer for his needs and wants," says Yang Tah Ching, founder of Studiorigins, an independent design studio providing product design services with a focus on furniture and interior accessories. "The resulting piece will be unique and personal."
Designers who offer bespoke furniture services are mostly in the interior design industry, so they are able to visualise how a bespoke piece will fit into the client's homes.
It is, however, a more tedious process than picking furniture in a store. Since they are one-of-a-kind, clients need to have some idea of the design they want and where they want to put it.
It also takes more time.
Mr Yang has designed a few bespoke pieces for his clients and says the process can sometimes take from three months to even a year.
Factors such as the time taken to confirm a design, creating a prototype, sourcing for materials and production will affect how soon a bespoke piece is completed.
And be prepared to pay a premium too.
Designers often charge a design fee for their services, depending on the complexity, and making it will cost more since the manufacturer is often producing just one piece.