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Lying nestled amid the contemporary hubbub of downtown Singapore, the ornate and elegant Stamford House was constructed in 1904 and was based on the designs of Regent Alfred John Bidwell, who styled the building in the Venetian Renaissance tradition. Its visage complete with a tapestry of intricate carvings, Stamford House began its life as an office complex, at which time it was known as the Oranje Building. The building is interspersed with finer nuances of the High Victorian times, and boasts features like a graceful central pediment, sharp arches and picturesque Venetian windows. For a time, a part of the building was used as an annex by the Raffles Hotel and was later transformed into the stylishly elegant Oranje Hotel. After years of neglect, the Stamford House was restored to its former glory and converted into a shopping mall housing various niche boutiques. Today, the historic edifice has been integrated into a luxurious complex, and together with the Capitol Building, the Capitol Theater and the Capitol Piazza, it now houses a theater, shopping mall, a luxury hotel, exclusive apartments and restaurants.
Dealing in vintage goodies, antiques and collectibles, Odds and Collectibles is where you should be headed if you are in love with all things old. Packed to the brim with all sorts of things, including furniture, books, birdcages and old kerosene lamps, the shop seems difficult to navigate. But have patience and browse through the things on offer, and you are sure to find numerous hidden gems. If you are looking for something extremely specific, you can always ask the shop owner Juzer Saifee for guidance. Not only does he know about every item in the store, but he can find anything in the store within a jiffy. A feat, considering the number of things that are stocked in this tiny shop.
The speciality of this double-storey showroom lies in the collection of beautifully restored colonial furniture from South-east Asia, ranging from Indonesian Dutch to Vietnamese and Cambodian French colonial pieces. To complement your choice of furniture, there are matching Ikats, throw cushions, beddings, vases, pots and many other home accessories made in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. If you have beds of odd sizes, Journey East can also have mattresses and bedspreads custom-made.
Looking for an elegant souvenir of your trip to Singapore? Peach Tree Antiques deals in museum-worthy art and antiques imported from all across Asia. Browse through their gallery of Buddha sculptures, teak carvings, handmade furniture, intricate paintings, and one-of-a-kind silver jewelry. They also carry unique gift items like antique birdcages and Chinese abaci. Prices are high, but the pieces are of the highest quality and their authenticity can be assured. The shop’s staff are extremely professional and can arrange export papers and shipping if needed.