From traditional Zaisus to clean-lined tables, Hommage Lifestyle has everything that fans of Japanese furniture want.
If there's something that you can expect from Japanese furniture (or just about anything Japanese), it's an unflagging attention to quality. And it's the reason why Hommage Lifestyle, a furniture store at Tan Boon Liat Building, mostly stocks its inventory with products from the 'Land Of The Rising Sun'.
Featuring one of the largest selection of Japanese sofas, tables, home accessories, and more in Singapore, Hommage Lifestyle will most certainly appeal to homeowners with a love for the easy-on-the-eye, no-frills aesthetic of the East.
However, Japanese furniture wasn't always the name of the game for Hommage Lifestyle. Opening its doors for business in 2003, the B2B-supplier-turned-retailer only received its first product shipment from Japanese brand Source a decade later.
Fast forward to today, and Hommage Lifestyle now stocks over 500 unique furniture pieces and home products from numerous Japanese brands – many of which are perfect for young families, due to their safety, durability, and timeless design.
“Because of how prone the region is to earthquakes, Japanese furniture are all tested and certified for their balance and stability. You don't have to worry about them falling when young children climb all over them,” says Averil, who runs Hommage Lifestyle.
According to her, yet another plus about Japanese furniture is the longevity of their production lines. For instance, Tocco – a mango wood collection from Source – is still being made since its original launch in 2007, which “ allows owners to easily replace an old or worn-out piece with the same model.”
Modern-day Japanese products just aren't complete without a delightfully quirky feature, or two. If you ever decide to make a trip down to Hommage Lifestyle, these are some of the in-store items that are worth checking out for their uniqueness:
1. Whisky Oak Furniture
Made out of old whiskey barrels, the handsome pieces from this furniture collection will no doubt make for one-of-a-kind centrepieces in your home.
One thing to take note, however, minor imperfections on the recycled wood are deliberately left untouched in the manufacturing process to retain their genuine 'flavour' (read: texture). So don't be surprised to find slight dents on your newly-bought Whiskey Oak furniture, that's just how they are.
2. Aisin Seiki 'Fine Revo' Mattresses
The idea of an automobile parts company that manufactures bedding may sound bizarre, but Aisin Seki – which is part of the Toyota Group – does just that.
First launched in 2006, the Toyota ASLEEP mattress series features Fine Revo, a patented soft, flexible material that accommodates different sleeping postures. Everil recommends the ASLEEP series for a better night's sleep as “it (the Fine Revo support) goes three-way, unlike conventional spring mattresses that only go up-down.”
3. Nagano Interior Solid Armchair
The Nagano Interior Solid Armchair's gimmick may be simple, but it's definitely a valuable piece to have at home, especially if you use a robot vacuum cleaner frequently.
“Just hang the (Solid) Armchair on the edge of your dining table, and you don't have to worry about your robot vacuum getting stuck,” says Everil.
4. Sifflus Freestanding Portable Hammock
Perhaps the most versatile product available at Hommage Lifestyle, the Sifflus Freestanding Portable Hammock can be used in three different ways: as a hammock, chair, and clothes hanging rack.
Still unimpressed? The Hammock also features an wood-layered steel frame that supports up to 300kg in weight; and if you ever need a beachside seat or a spot to dry your wet clothes after taking a dip in the sea, there's also a convenient carrier bag for easy transportation.
315 Outram Rd, #08-08 Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm daily