There’s an excellent independent design store worth visiting in Singapore: A Curious Teepee. Unlike most stores of its ilk, it’s not down a narrow passageway in an out of the way suburb, but right behind Orchard Road, just down from Takashimaya, so it makes a perfect pit stop when the rampant international consumerism of Orchard Road starts to grate on the soul. (Don’t be put off by Scape, the youth mall in which it is based, or the skate boarders who whizz around the lower level car park.)
Launched just a few months ago by my new Singaporean friend, the ineffably chic Tracy Philips, around the idea of living curiously and finding inspiration in the everyday, it follows in the noble footsteps of Colette, 10 Corso Como and Dover Street Market by stocking a cleverly chosen mix of homewares, crafts, excellent Singapore souvenirs, mens & womenswear, and jewellery, and hosting a great café, which sits at the back of the open space.
(There is cake.)
Tracy has stocked it simply with all her favourite things. (There’s a 50/50 emphasis on promoting Singapore design and introducing exciting objects and brands from around the world.) There are pieces from Future Classics, cheek by jowl with wantwantwantNOW jewellery by New York’s Chris Habana & Singapore’s Vice & Vanity, Anglepoise lamps from England and menswear from locals Sunday amongst other treasures.
I remember these goose lamps from Habitat (I think) when I was a child, and I still really, really want one.Turns out that Tracy feels the same way about the toadstool, so tracked them down for her store.
I was particularly taken with the cat teepee. The perfect present for your furry friend?
It also furnished my best-ever souvenir of Singapore: a Singlish dictionary, so I can really polish up my language for next season.