The Lion City has no shortage of shops but can this tiny island cut it in the design field?
Lorgan's Kitsch and Flash (1 Century Warehouse, 100E Pasir Panjang Road, tel: 65 6272 4988; lorgans.com) is a loft-style store that sells flip clocks, Arco lamps and other modern classics while Lim's Arts and Living (Holland Road Shopping Centre, 211 Holland Avenue, tel: 65 6467 1300; lims.com.sg) looks back to Singapore's past with a range of items that reference the island's Chinese, British, Malay and Indian heritage. Its Shandong cabinet (S$680/HK$4,070), embossed with delicate pink roses, would make an ideal centrepiece.
At The Life Shop (Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, tel: 65 6338 3552; www.thelifeshop.com) there's the comfortable and sleek Ming daybed and the versatile and elegant Ryo square dining table set (top right; prices on application).
For some Scandinavian minimalism, there's Style Nordic (39 Ann Siang Road, tel: 65 6423 9114; www.stylenordic.com). Its outdoor range includes the Kyparn tables and chairs (right), which have been finished to suit all weather conditions.