In need of a holiday? Arete Culture’s newly expanded space at Tan Boon Liat Building lets you furnish your home with furniture and bric-a-brac reminiscent of island living.
Stepping inside Arete Culture, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical resort in the Caribbean. A piña colada makes for the perfect accessory as you saunter through the furniture store, which is displayed with things like rope and rattan chairs, mother-of-pearl accessories, textiles with breezy and whimsical prints and patterns, and faux florals and greens.
With a style that leans towards a luxury coastal look, the merchandise is presented in an offhand, laidback fashion with little heed to structure, so you feel completely at ease and at home. Just like a flea market, every nook and cranny is filled with things, which are colour rather than product coordinated so it’s easy to mix and match different looks. Palettes range from easy-going sea greens to the intense hues of sunset orange.
The store, located at Tan Boon Liat building – now famed for being a hipster joint as well as its collection of not-your-run-of-the-mill furniture stores – is Arete Culture’s second. The first and flagship outlet sits in an out-of-the-way industrial building at Hillview Avenue, which was why founder Caroline Chin Geyler decided to set up the second shop at a more central location.
Committed to being a one-stop place for your home furnishing needs, Arete Culture carries designer bedding from Sleep Naked!, paintings and art panels from Designer Boys and Urban Road, scented reeds from Cochine and Amanda Dyer, bath essentials from DXI Living as well as their own in-house line, The Luxe Hotel Collection, which includes home decor to customisable furniture and furnishings.
Caroline sources for the pieces herself from all over the world. Her rule of thumb when it comes to selecting what to stock? “Don’t be bound by trends or structure. I source and buy what I love and what inspires me at the moment. Of course, I also take into account how the items will look and feel like in a real home,” says Caroline.
Besides retailing furnishings, Arete Culture also provides an interior styling and decorating service that involves spatial planning, coming up with a decorating theme, and shortlisting furniture and decor options.
315 Outram Road #06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building
tel: 9640 3829
This was adapted from an article originally written by Ho Pei Ying in the May issue of SquareRooms