Where To Buy Instagram-Worthy Tableware In Singapore
STORY: Diane Lam
01 September 2022
Once upon a time, plates and bowls were just something you ate from. Now that you’ve gotten your own place, you’re ready to host friends, but you feel a little paiseh serving them food on the mismatched tableware that you koped from your parents’ house.
Sure, there are the usual franchises and brands: IKEA, Hooga, and Corelle, to name a few, but perhaps you’re looking for something that feels a little more urbane. Here’s where to buy tableware that is functional, decorative, and photogenic – if you’ve ever tried plating your homemade steak and pasta on an ugly platter, you’ll understand why the last quality is so important.
Homegrown brand, Gentle Objects, was created after its founders observed the dearth of glassware-focused brands in Singapore. On their website, you’ll find fluted tumblers, ribbed glass mugs, and even limited edition blue and amber pieces created with a Taiwanese design studio.
Bonus, they’re all heat resistant, meaning you can sip your matcha latte in style on rainy weeks like this one.
Want to enhance your tea break? Casa Alessia has a small collection of latte cups, as well as ceramic saucers, mugs, and bowls that will take your late-afternoon biscuits and coffee to another level.
Craving a holiday? Kra Sanctuary’s Thai-designed, Mediterranean-style tableware will transport you and your houseguests from Buangkok to Bangkok, and from Serangoon to Santorini.
This local ceramics studio’s earthy offerings will add a touch of eclectic cosiness to just about any home. (Can’t you imagine how gorgeous a mound of pasta would look on their speckled Coconut Plates?) Do note that they don’t allow walk-ins, except for during their once-a-year open house – although we’re sorry to report that the one for 2022 was last Sunday, so if you missed it, you’ll have to wait another few months or make an appointment.
Not a fan of neutrals or minimalism? Then check out Jezzroom Atelier, which is anything but that. This Singapore-based décor curator has bowls shaped like cabbages, tureens shaped like strawberries, and pitchers with glass animals perched inside them.
So the time has come for you to impress. If you’re hosting your boss, or your atas in-laws for dinner, then perhaps it’s time to whip out the fancy stuff. Stop by Artifactt, a curated collection of tableware from around the globe. The designs, which lean heavily French and Japanese, would not look out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
If your internet search history is anything like ours, then you’ve probably seen this brand as a sponsored ad in your Instagram Stories feed. Not that we’re complaining – a set of dinnerware from Table Matters is remarkably affordable, with 17-piece bundle deals going for as low as $99 (which is the price of even one plate from some of the more premium brands on this list). Given their wide variety of themes, which include everything from Japanese, to floral, to Under the Sea, Table Matters is a great place to consider for a starter set.
Love vintage vibes? Then this porcelain rooster set from ToTT would be perfect for you. They’ve also got melamine and wooden tableware, come in handy when guests bring their little ones.
Speaking of little ones, if you’ve got a kid or a butterfingers on hand, then check out State of Matters, where you can buy bamboo tableware in an arry of cheerful colours. Bonus: they’re dishwasher-friendly, lightweight, and will survive if you drop them on the floor!
This list wouldn’t be complete without homeware and provision store, Crane Living, which has four locations and an abundance of chio tableware in every store. They carry everything from drinkware, to flatware, to serving plates and cutlery from a variety of small brands. While the prices can be a little steep, their offerings suit a wide range of home aesthetics, be it Scandi, Japandi, mid-century modern boho, or anything in between.