Vintage furniture is furniture that is between 30 to 100 years old, however, the term is often used much more loosely, to describe any furniture that has a retro or old-school aesthetic.
Vintage furniture differs from antique furniture, in that antique furniture is older than vintage furniture, and only items that are over 100 years old can be classified as antiques.
“[An antique is] a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago.” – Merriam Webster
You’d find many different types of vintage furniture in Singapore, one of the more popular (and local) styles is furniture from the British colonial period (from 1867–1942). Vintage furniture from that period had a distinctive English aesthetic, the furniture had rich reddish brown hues, and strong yet simple silhouettes.
Nowadays, you’d be able to find such furniture in English themed hotels like Raffles Hotel and Goodwood Park. Here’s an example from Capella Singapore -
Where to find and buy vintage furniture in Singapore?
There are many places where you can get vintage furniture in Singapore. For a start, you can take a look at the following list of stores -
To see more shops, take a look at our full list of vintage furniture stores; you’ll find over 15 businesses selling many different types of vintage furniture, including mid century teak wood furniture, imported European vintage furniture, industrial vintage furniture, etc.
You can also find vintage furniture online, on the classifieds websites and forums where people sell their second hand furniture -
With this approach, you might be able to find nice pieces of vintage furniture for cheap, however, it’s a little more troublesome compared to visiting a store.