Emperor’s Attic is the essential Singapore source for northern Chinese case goods, curios and more.
“We want customers to open our cupboards to see the generous amounts of solid wood used,” says Chantal Travers, owner of Emperor’s Attic. “These pieces will last a lifetime.”
And, Chantal would know! Twice a year, she travels to northern China to work with trusted suppliers to personally select every
item in her store. Why northern China? The wood grown there, as well as the traditionally hand-crafted and meticulously restored
pieces she picks, are suitable for both hot and humid places like Singapore as well as cold and dry climates. “Our pieces can
move when you move,” says Chantal, directing the comment to expats in SG.
Beyond that, Emperor’s Attic rarely offers the same piece twice. It’s why, over the past 20 years, it has become one of the most popular sources in town for affordable antique, vintage and newly made Chinese furniture. “You will not find this quality at these prices anywhere else,” says Chantal, confidently.
While its core collection of furniture and ceramics are not created in Singapore, Emperor’s Attic is a homegrown company.
Chantal herself is a Permanent Resident, and has lived in Asia for 20-plus years.
As such, she likes to support locally-based businesses and artists such as Deborah McKellar and Sandra Macheroux. It also stocks Temple Candles, whose candles are handpoured in SG, and various must-own coffee table books inspired by SG.
Formerly known as FairPrice Antique, Emperor’s Attic is located in the Tan Boon Liat Building, your one-stop shop for everything for the home.
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder Issue 300
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