Shopping Trail: Ubi and Tai Seng

The most surprising finds can often be found in the most unexpected of locations. The Ubi and Tai Seng areas are perfect examples. Far-flung as they seem to be, these neighbouring areas serve up more than their fair share of home-related stores and resources. You could easily spend an entire day here shopping for everything from furniture to sanitary ware.
Text: Rachel Lee-Leong
1. Air
One of the very first stores in Singapore to champion local design, Air is home to four proprietary brands – Air, Plank, Royce and Funktion – with each brand bearing a distinct personality. Its flagship brand Air features a good mix of contemporary furniture ranging from sofas to beds; Plank focuses on wood-based furniture; Royce gives a nod to more luxurious materials like leather; Funktion takes on a more playful attitude towards design.
Previously at Mount Sophia, the Air flagship store recently moved to Tai Seng Avenue and now occupies a loft-like space that is filled to the brim with furniture. Mixing and matching pieces from all four of its brands, the store is a great place to find not just great furniture pieces, but also ideas for styling up your home.
29 Tai Seng Avenue #01-02
Singapore 534119
Tel (65) 6336 0662
Mon – Sun: 11.30am to 8.30pm

2. Mudian
To say that kitchen and wardrobe specialist Mudian takes its carpentry seriously could very well be an understatement. A trip to its 2-storey showroom in Ubi is proof enough. The showroom is a treasure trove of ideas, each one meticulously executed. Kitchen mock-ups ranging from the rustic and traditional to the chic and modern are all fodder for inspiration. Each one is set-up like a real kitchen, fully fitted with the latest technology and conveniences that make cooking that much easier. You’ll also want to check out the wardrobe mock-ups in the showroom that offer something whether you’re looking for the ideal walk-in wardrobe or a simple but efficient closet.
33 Ubi Ave 3 Vertex Building
#01-21 to #01-23
Singapore 408868
Tel (65) 6733 7378
Mon–Fri: 10am to 7pm
Sat: 10am to 6pm

3. The Curtain Boutique
Most people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to dressing their windows. Blinds versus curtains? Rollerblinds or Roman blinds? Day curtains with or without black-out drapes? The Curtain Boutique is a good place to start when it comes to making these decisions. The soft furnishings supplier carries a wide range of blinds, curtains and even window films to suit every budget. Notably, it carries premium window fashion brand Hunter Douglas and displays examples of the brand’s most popular products for true-to-life demonstrations. If you’re looking for curtains, The Curtain Boutique’s curtain fabric ranges span the unique and decorative to the understated and elegant.
81 Ubi Ave 4 #01-17 UB One
Singapore 408830
Tel (65) 8688 8814
Mon – Sat: 11am to 8pm
Sun: 11am to 7pm

4. Carera Bathroom
A one-stop shop for bath and sanitary ware is always convenient. Measuring a whopping 7,000sqft, it’s a veritable dream-come-true for the busy home renovator. The Carera Bathroom showroom gathers some of the best bathroom solutions under one roof; Laufen, Roca, Hansgrohe and Geberit are presented in elegant settings that inspire you towards creating that dream bathroom. With an impressive line-up of different styles for products from bathtubs and showers to washbasins and faucets, range is definitely the name of the game here.
26 Tai Seng Street #01-02/03 Singapore 534057
Tel (65) 6533 0455
Mon – Fri: 10am to 7pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm to 6pm

Also in the area:
5. Marquis Qsquare
If you like to make the most out of your shopping trips, Qsquare is right up your alley. A combination of multiple stores in one location, Qsquare is home to OM, The Design Store and Minotti, just to name a few.
16 Tai Seng Street, Level 1
Singapore 54138
Tel (65) 6383 0119
6. Blum
Making furniture fittings accessible and easy to understand, the Blum showroom makes a convincing case for investing in systems that make the joinery in your kitchen and other spaces work without so much as a hiccup.
#02-00 Ubi Biz-Hub
150 Ubi Ave 4
Singapore 408825
Tel (65) 6547 1760
7. Wallaffairs
Specialising in wallpaper, wall murals and wall coverings, Wallaffairs is all about giving your walls a pop of life. A big plus: find wallpaper options that can be even cheaper than paint!
65 Ubi Crescent #08-05
Hola Centre
Singapore 408559
Tel (65) 6846 4171
8. Noden Collective
A gem of a find in Ubi, Noden Collective carries mid-century furniture designs, art prints, candles. And if you’re in the mood to shop, a small selection of clothes and fashion accessories should keep you busy as well.
Blk 65, Ubi Road 1
Oxley Bizhub, #03-75
Singapore 408729
Tel (65) 6702 6475