In the lap of luxury

In the lap of luxury

With an influx of high-end furniture brands here, home owners with deep pockets are increasingly spoilt for choice.

In the past year, at least two high-end stores, French label Roche Bobois and In Situ, which first started in Guatemala, have opened in Singapore.

Meanwhile, Missoni Home, the luxury furniture and homeware line of the famed Italian fashion house, has secured a new distributor and moved from Miles & Theodore in River Valley Road to a swankier address - the Hilton Singapore Hotel.

They join already-familiar, multi-label retailers, such as the 26-year-old Xtra in Park Mall, 13-year-old Space Furniture in Bencoolen Street and nine-year-old Proof Living in Ion Orchard.

And they are continually bumping up their stable of luxe brands. Space Furniture, for instance, brought in Dutch lighting brand Brand van Egmond, which is used in plush hotels such as the Four Seasons and WHotels; Los Angeles indoor and outdoor furniture brand Janus et Cie; and, most recently, Jaya, the eponymous furniture brand by Indonesian interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, who is behind luxury resorts such as Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing and The Legian in Bali.

There are also other standalone international brands, such as Christopher Guy by British designer Christopher Guy Harrison, which has been at High Street Centre since 2007. New York's Hudson Furniture, which caters to the luxury market with prices starting from $10,000 for a coffee table, opened in Tanjong Pagar Distripark in April last year.

In March, premier French furniture fair Maison and Objet Asia will debut in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. More luxury brands from Europe and the region which are taking part in the fair are expected to open shop once they have sussed out the market.

Singapore, these retailers say, is a prime location to tap affluent buyers.

Roche Bobois' public relations director, Ms Huma Qureshi-Broker, says the Singapore market is important to the 53- year-old brand, which has 250 stores around the world.

She says: "Luxury brands have traditionally been, and continue to be, successful in Singapore. The population's growing disposable income and the country's status as a hub for high-net-worth individuals, coupled with a buoyant property market, bode well for our strategy to bring luxury furniture to Singapore."

Prices at these furniture stores can start at high three-figures for small homeware accessories and go up to five-figure amounts for a modular sofa.

For example, at In Situ in River Valley Road, a side table lamp costs $800 and a tall mangrove root lamp with a silk lamp shade costs $6,500. Over at Xtra, a woven hanging pod by German brand Dedon goes for $28,765.

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