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 isn’t your only choice when it comes to decorating your home. We’ve rounded up a few alternative stores to keep you cool, calm, collected, and most importantly, above ground.
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.
Francfranc, various locations, including 8 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 3583 2528
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Thorn and Burrow
The Thorn and 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 and Burrow, 1/F, 30 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, (+852) 2559 9338
iDecorate balances a range of timeless classics with statement trend pieces. Each item has been picked by a team of globetrotters, bringing a slice of the nomadic lifestyle to those of us left in the city. If you are a fan of the brand, but aren’t in the mood to re-decorate, then leave it in the capable hands of the team, who offer interior design services for both residential spaces and corporations.
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.
Homeless, locations vary, (+852) 9309 7120