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Originally published by Amanda Sheppard. Last updated by Annette Chan.
Thanks to Hong Kong's soaring rental prices and what seems to be shrinking floor space, that statement piece of furniture you were sure you’d keep forever just won’t fit in your new flat. And after grappling with re-selling, donating, and making sure it’s all gone, you’re left with another daunting challenge: starting from scratch. Thankfully, navigating the murky waters of IKEA on a Sunday afternoon is not your only choice when it comes to decorating your home. We’ve rounded up a few alternative furniture and homeware stores in Hong Kong to keep you cool, calm, collected, and most importantly, above ground.
If your design sensibility is more mid-century modern than Scandi-chic, you have to drop by this Singaporean export’s store at The Mills. Their stock is split into collections, all of which have distinct themes—the statement-making Volta collection, for example, utilises black leather, dark wood, and metallic accents, while the Bowen collection is all about streamlined silhouettes and rounded edges rendered in premium American walnut. Though Commune specialises in making solid wood furniture, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the company sources its materials from sustainably managed forests and uses recycled materials where available.
Commune Home, Shop 119, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, The Mills, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2323 3796
The ultimate one-stop shop for furniture and home goods on Hong Kong Island, Horizon Plaza is a dream for interior designers, new homeowners or renters, and bargain hunters alike. With 20-odd homeware and furniture retailers spread across 28 floors, a day at Horizon Plaza is bound to yield something interesting. Check out Hong Kong-based home goods store Indigo Living or their brand-new luxury showroom Indigo Atelier for sumptuous soft furnishings and bohemian-chic decorative objects, or pop by Timothy Oulton if a maximalist take on colonialist gentleman’s club décor sounds good to you. A good deal of the stores here are outlets, meaning that you can score great deals year-round instead of waiting for flash sales.
Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau | (+852) 2554 9089
Like HOW Department, Twenty One From Eight is an uber-trendy furniture showroom-slash-café in the Kowloon Bay area. Instead of importing furniture, however, Twenty One From Eight makes all their solid wood pieces in-house at their own woodworking shop. You can select pieces from their existing catalogue, request a custom order, or even take one of their woodworking workshops and learn how to make your own dream furniture. Teach a man how to fish, right?
Twenty One From Eight, 11/F, 59 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong | (+852) 2321 1738
This Japanese-influenced concept store in Kwun Tong has it all: high-quality wooden furniture, interesting tchotchkes, a cute café, and even a hair salon. Come by when you have a lot of time—and budget—to spare; the stock is beautiful but definitely priced like investment furniture. We’re big fans of Hiromatsu’s circular kotatsu (炬燵; heated low table with a heavy blanket over the base), as well as the gorgeous drip-glazed cups from Asemi Co. If you like HOW’s aesthetic but would prefer to take a back seat during your home design process, just ask HOW Design—their branding and interior design studio—for a quote.
HOW Department, 3/F, Block AB, 99 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 2805 1108
This online retailer boasts an eclectic range of contemporary furniture, from statement pieces to timeless classics, guaranteed to never go out of style. Sourcing materials from around the world, Stockroom brings in high quality, lasting furniture and soft furnishings for both homes and offices, without the hefty price tag to match.
Stockroom, 20/F, Unit C, Hong Kong Industrial Building, 444 Des Voeux Road West, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2817 0999
This Japanese store tends to attract far fewer crowds than neighbouring giant IKEA. Offering furniture, kitchenware, a range of fabrics, furnishings, accessories, and more, the quality finishes on these products make this haven in the heart of town a worthy visit, with the promise of high-quality items without a battle at the IKEA checkouts.
The Thorn & Burrow store is like a living, breathing Pinterest board, with vibrant statement pieces inspired by the founder’s travels around Asia and quest for ethically produced homeware and accessories. The High Street store now works with numerous international brands and artists, each reflecting its unique, eclectic taste.
Thorn & Burrow, 1/F, 30 High Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2559 9338
Housed inside an old industrial loft space and former stool factory, Mirth Home offers a collection of furniture, interiors, and more, sourced from big names and up-and-coming designers the world over. The concept store has also opened a second space in Sai Kung for homemakers with a little more space than its urban counterparts.
Mirth Home, 3/F, Unit A, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen | (+852) 2553 9811
This trendy furniture and concept store stocks a huge range of unique homeware goods, knick-knacks, and statement pieces to help you turn your house into a home. Firm believers that furniture should be both practical and aesthetic, the shop stocks a number of international brands as well as pieces designed in-house.