March 9th officially opened the International Furniture Fair Asia (IFFS) at the Changi Expo, with fringe design event Singaplural at Scape, but alphabeticalife and Sleepwalking had a different “Design Saturday” of their own in mind, and they let me tag along.
Nourished with pineapple tart and oolong tea, we took the MRT circle line to industrial district Tai Seng / Macpherson for what we thought would be an afternoon of antiquing at Oddysey and Hock Siong.
Oddysey is a little shop selling vintage curio and refurbished furniture.
Hock Siong is a warehouse where furniture, furnishing accessories, and even mattresses discarded during hotel renovations and post-showflat-use go to find a new lease on life.
Alphabeticalife had hoped to score a pair of bookends from Oddysey or Hock Siong, but someone had already bought it. Since we were in the area, I suggested 85 Playfair Road, home of lifestyle shop Egg3 and local furniture’s design doyen Nathan Yong’s Grafunkt.
We ended the afternoon with authentic Italian gelato. Fitting, because the last time my feet ached so much from walking up, down and all around an industrial area was at Zona Tortona during last year’s Salone in Milan.