Standard of Living

CUSTOMISABLE, MID-MODERN CENTURY-INSPIRED FURNITURE AND QUIRKY ACCESSORIES

What’s in store

Step back into the past with Standard of Living’s mid-century modern furniture, which is mostly upholstered in deep, autumnal shades with subtle textures. The 698sqf store is dominated by customisable sofas and armchairs — choose from a stylish array of fabrics from Jim Thompson as well as Guilford of Maine from the US. «We stock mainly two-and-a-half seater sofas because we think they are the most apartment-friendly, but you can also order other sizes in the same design,» says co-owner June Huang. Among the lovely accessories (think retro tableware and aromatherapy candles in Chinese porcelain jewellery cases) are Scandi-style furniture and lighting sourced from around the world, and also local designs. The latter include a rocking stool by Melvin Ong as well as a solid wood dining table designed by the store owners. Standard of Living restocks every couple of months, and you can look forward to more local collaborations as well as furniture and lighting from the US, Europe and South-east Asia in upcoming batches.

Who behind it

The idea for Standard of Living came to June and Benedict Lim as they were chatting outside the office of architectural firm Livarc (which Benedict co-owns) in Kandahar Street. The pair wanted to take their love of interiors a step further, and decided to convert the street-level space below Livarc (it was previously a bookstore) into a place where they could share their fondness for retro-inspired decor. Benedict gave the store interiors a laid-back industrial look that has attracted many interior design enquiries from customers, says June.

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