Tan Boon Liat Building Block Party From 24-25 Nov

So you’ve probably heard about the hidden 14-storey IKEA for hipsters hidden in plain sight in this unassuming building in Outram.


The folks at Tan Boon Liat Building have reached out to us with the complete list of 37 vendors who’ll be offering bespoke furniture & decorative art pieces at this weekend’s block party.

Here are our top picks for those looking to make a bold statement in your homes.

1. Pomelo (#13-02)

Pomelo calls itself a boutique home furnishing store that promises timeless furniture and lighting backed by quality designs.

They favour effortless set-pieces that add to a classy and homely atmosphere.

We have our eyes on this modular Punt Literatura shelf that would put the DIY IKEA shelves to shame — if you have the budget of course.

Block Party Offers:

  • 10% off Christmas Wreaths
  • Flower Bar Pop-Up by The Green Room
    • Redeem a freshly arranged bouquet with every Ro vase purchased

2. The Providore (#05-03)

The Providore puts the gourmet in groceries with their extensive selection of homeware, boutique wines and craft beers.

Besides gifts, you’ll be able to find rare angmoh cooking ingredients that Nigella Lawson would approve of. Not to mention, delectable organic snacks that’ll turn the staunchest of meat-eaters vegan.

We think the store sounds like a perfect place to pick up a gift for that atas friend who enjoys the finer things in life.

Here’s a pro-tip for all you early bird Christmas shoppers. The Providore will be offering an impressive selection of Christmas gift hampers to help everyone get into the festive mood.

Block Party Offers:

  • Craft beers & coffee
  • Gourmet hotdog stand
  • In-house wine & cheese tastings

3. Journey East (#03-02)

Established since 1995, Journey East takes pride in offering eco-friendly wood furniture and vintage Asian design influences — explaining why they’ve been Singapore’s favourite furniture destination for over 20 years.

With a massive 8,600 sq ft showroom, and mentions in Louis Vuitton, Elle Décor and The Guardian (UK), Journey East houses pieces from over 10 international collections.

From adorable bunny chairs, killer shark umbrellas & cherry-shaped light fixtures, Journey East expertly captures the quirky appetites of millennials when it comes to interior design.

Block Party Offers:

  • Happy Hour & Live Music with DJ Jeff-0 (3pm to 6pm)
    • Freshly mixed Gin & Tonics available for guests
  • Design Installations (10am to 6pm)
    • Charlie Chaplin film-screening in 1920s vintage set
    • Urban Design Jungle menagerie
    • ‘Wall of Mirrors’ teak exhibition

4. Arete Culture (#06-01)

Arete Culture is the brains behind at least 650 gorgeous home makeovers and bespoke collections made or finished in Singapore.

We’re absolutely floored by what they’ve done to this loft apartment. You’re highly encouraged to pop by their showroom to see if you can steal the look too.

Tribal mirrors, unique pottery pieces and abstract paintings would definitely add a splash of colour to your upcoming BTO flat.

If you’re worried about having to lug the bulky items home, fret not! They provide home delivery services from their store to your doorstep within 3 weeks.

Block Party Offers:

  • Arete Culture will donate $10 from every $100 spent to local charities for migrant workers and animal shelters.
  • Lucky draw for massive decor hamper worth over $5,000. Make any purchase within the store to enter it.
  • The winner will be drawn and notified on Monday (26 Nov).

5. LivingwithArt Singapore (#02-05)

LivingwithArt is a massive local gallery that carries artwork from all over the world. But their priority is providing local artists with a conducive space to hawk their thought-provoking work at affordable prices.

The showroom also houses Murano glasswork, traditional canvases & bronze sculptures that would elevate the SES of any humble abode.

Getting a locally-designed sculpture as a centrepiece in your living room, could be the much-needed conversation starter during your awkward festive gatherings this Christmas.

Block Party Offers:

  • New fine art gallery launch
  • Live Christmas carolling, art workshops & painting sessions (11am – 2pm)
  • Lucky dip & door gifts, free snacks & drinks
  • Additional 15% off all showroom items

6. Hassan’s Carpets (#02-06)

As one of Singapore’s oldest and leading rug companies, Hassan’s Carpets fans are long-time connoisseurs of quality handmade rugs.

Since every rug is woven from scratch, Hassan’s Carpets guarantees fine textile floor coverings that would make even Aladdin turn his head twice.

A quality carpet changes the mood of the entire living room, so do consider investing in one.

Block Party Offers:

  • Free Persian tea & exotic nibbles
  • ‘With Love, from Iran’ exhibition
    • Rare collection of Persian antique rugs on display
    • Museum-worthy entries dating back to the 18th Century

  • Limited edition Santa Rug stockings on sale
  • Instagram giveaway
    • Win a handknotted rug by following @hassanscarpets, and using the hashtags #TBLblockparty and #hassanscarpets
    • Winner will be notified on 26 Nov. Terms and conditions apply.

7. Deer Industries (#07-05)

Parents would be wondering if there are any vendors at Tan Boon Liat Building who specialise in child-friendly furniture, here comes our answer — Deer Industries.

This pastel pink room would be perfect for your princesses who want their own little hideaway.

Who said baby rooms can’t look classy? This cream-based cot set-up seems lifted straight out of an IKEA showroom, but arguably 100 times better.

8. Emperor’s Attic (#01-10)

Emperor’s Attic touts affordable antiquities and vintage northern Chinese furniture.

If you’ve adored Crazy Rich Asians‘ opulent Peranakan-inspired sets, this is the furniture joint for you.

Wooden cabinets that are older than your ancestors, paired with yellow jade lions, will usher your guests into your home in the most memorable way.

Those who prefer a greener take on shoe cabinets can consider this rustic white-washed arrangement complete with a full collection of potted plants.

9. Grey and Sanders (#06-02)

Expect luxurious full-aniline leather and fabric sofas and modern home furnishings at Grey and Sanders — Singapore’s leading solid wood slab specialist.

They’ll be launching a spanking new range of premium designer sofas on 24 Nov, so be sure to check out their sofa sets in person.

Block Party Offers:

  • Light bites & drinks provided for guests
  • Visitors enjoy 20% off their second item

10. Ethnicraft Online (#02-01)

Stop by the Ethnicraft showroom to take a look at their extensive selection of wood furnishings, with a modern Belgian twist.

Now that we can get our HDB flats looking like this, all we need is a willing tribute to BTO with at Tengah.

Imagine coming home after a long day at the office to that luxurious and massive recliner. Hours upon hours of Netflix here we come.

Block Party Offers:

  • Ethnicraft Online’s new moniker will be revealed
  • Free beer & Belgian nibbles
  • Lucky draw with vouchers up for grabs

Maze runner no more

The massive 14-storey industrial building complex is home to 37 stores selling everything from home furnishings, affordable art pieces and groceries.


While this may seem a tad intimidating at first, we hope this quick rundown will help you avoid a sticky IKEA maze situation when you visit.


We’ll see you furniture shoppers there! Just hopefully not in the queues before us.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, 24 & 25 Nov 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074
Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park

Featured images courtesy of Tan Boon Liat Building’s vendors and The Finder.