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Originally published by Amanda Sheppard. Last updated by Kopal Manglik.
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 you are worried about your carbon footprint and wish to ensure your old pieces do not end up in the dumpster, check out sustainable brand Emoh. With their “furniture trade-ins,” you can redecorate your homes without the extra waste! Emoh’s designs, which are inspired by the Scandi aesthetic, promote simplicity, functionality, and affordability by focusing on the relationship between nature and design elements. Whether you are looking for sustainably-grown hardwood furniture, such as beautiful Indonesian-made stools and tables, or affordable storage solutions, head over to Emoh’s website or their store in Kwun Tong to get all your design needs met.
Emoh, Room 1001, 10/F, Century Centre, 44–46 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong | (+852) 3621 0751
Having recently expanded to Hong Kong, the Danish design company Normann Copenhagen is known for its original and innovative designs that have won 80 awards in the last 20-plus years since they were established. In the heart of Hong Kong, their flagship store boasts of a 2,000-square-feet store, showing off their furnishings that radiate luxury and status while reflecting the ambience of Hong Kong’s more compact living spaces. Some of their signature products include the Era lounge chair and the Amp lamp, each reflecting the contemporary feel that is key to Normann Copenhagen’s recognisable designs.
Normann Copenhagen, Shop B, G/F, Lok Moon Mansion, 29–31 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 3611 7114
If you picture your dream home as a stylish oasis of calm and comfort, then Indigo Living will be your go-to furniture shop. This upscale furniture retailer stocks a carefully curated selection of elegant and playful pieces that speak boldly to their philosophy of “living beautifully.” Keeping abreast with the latest interior design trends, their collection is constantly evolving and adapting, with this season’s designs inspired by loft living with contemporary art-deco styles. And if you need help with styling and finding the right pieces, they have a suite of design consultancy services to make your life a little easier!
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
At first glance, Twenty One From Eight appears to be another uber-trendy café in Kwun Tong (with the queue-inducing dessert mash-ups to match). But all that gorgeous solid wood furniture in their space is actually handmade right here in 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 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
Francfranc 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 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.