Moving house is never as simple as packing a few boxes and bubble wrapping the odd mug. Thanks to Hong Kong’s soaring rental prices and what seems to be shrinking floor space, that statement piece of furniture you were sure would stay with you forever just won’t fit in your new place. 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, there are options here, and you’re not left with navigating the murky waters of IKEA on a Sunday afternoon as your only choice. We’ve rounded up a few alternatives to have you cool, calm, collected and most importantly: above ground.
With showrooms on either side of the harbour in Wan Chai and Mongkok, Decor8 offers a range of furniture items to suit every budget, including designer-inspired pieces without the brand price tags. If you know exactly what you want but don’t have the time to place an order in store, its website lists detailed dimensions and options to customise items – ranging from height, colour and more, for your home or office.
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 the store’s unique, eclectic taste. From tea towels and coffee mugs to hand-painted bamboo ladders, this is not only the place to go for finer furnishings, but also a great gift shop.
In-keeping with its travel-inspired concept counterpart stores, iDecorate balances a range of timeless classics with statement trend pieces. Each item has been picked by a team of globe-trotters, 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, you can leave it in the capable hands of the team, who offer interior design services for both residential spaces and corporations.
With the flagship store a stone’s throw from IKEA, the Japanese brand tends to attract far fewer crowds than its heavyweight neighbour. However, the furniture store has gained a loyal following since its founding more than two decades ago. Offering furniture, kitchenware, a range of fabrics, interior furnishings, accessories and more, the quality finish on the products make this big store in the heart of town a worthy visit, with the promise of high quality items without a battle at the IKEA checkouts.
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. Balancing signature items with neutral, classic pieces, the concept store’s success is paramount, and they have since gone on to open a second space in Sai Kung for the homemakers with a little more space than their urban counterparts.
By Amanda Sheppard