When it comes to furniture shopping in Hong Kong, people generally think of IKEA and Pricerite as affordable options, or maybe places like Franc Franc and Aluminum. Then there’s the very expensive Italian furniture stores in Happy Valley or you could go to Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau for the chunkier Indonesian wood furniture. Beyond these more famous names and locations, we would like to introduce you to some of the lesser know furniture stores in the city that offer so much more.
Founded in 1996 by husband and wife duo Paul Fung and Susan Man, Manks brings modern Scandinavian design to Hong Kong with its signature clean lines, sophisticated styling and retro aesthetic. This is the place to find statement pieces that are both functional and fabulous. They stock both antiques and hot designer pieces from the likes of Hans J Wegner and a wide selection of products. Everything from sleek mod chairs to 1960’s crystal lamps are on offer.
Good to know: In 2006, sister company Manks Quarters was established. It’s a unique real estate business specialising in finding older character properties for clients.
Price: Expect to pay around HK$12,000 – 20,000 for furniture and HK$8,000 for lighting and accessories. Don’t forget to ask about the discounted items available!
- Showroom – G/F, 36 Sau Wa Fong, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Tel: 2522 5115
- Warehouse – 3/f, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Tel: 2522 2115 www.manks.com
Home Essentials is a one-stop destination for just that – the essentials for your home. The only difference here is that you can rent them. Conceived with the nomadic expatriate lifestyle in mind, Home Essentials stocks everything you need to create all the comforts of home away from home, without the stress of committing to anything. They offer everything from sofa’s to outdoor plants in their 8,000 sq flagship store in Central, and if you really fall in love with an item, don’t stress, since there is an option to buy too.
Price: Rental is flexible starting at 1 month and varies from item to item. Expect to pay around HK$6,000 for a sofa if you want to buy it.
Address: 33 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2870 1400 www.homeessentials.com.hk
Indigo Living is a good option for larger, basic items such as sofas and dining tables as well as smaller decorative pieces such as cushions. If brightly coloured, modern pieces are your thing then you’ll feel right at home. They also have a fantastic collaboration range with famed British interior designer Kelly Hoppen as well as seasonal promotions and a professional design consultancy. But a real bonus is the fact that they measure your lift before delivery!
Price: Sofa’s start at HK$4,000 and accessories at HK$79. There is also a rental option.
- Shop B2, G/F, 63-69 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong. Tel: 2317 0368
- 221-224 LANDMARK PRINCE’S, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2801 5512
BoConcept has long been a shrine of Scandinavian interior design. The Danish brand aims to be the one-stop destination for all your trendy living essentials and the two-storey Central store stocks everything from a wide selection of sofas, dining tables and lounge chairs, to beds, wall systems and accessories. Plus, all items can be customised in a variety of sizes, colours and fabrics by going online and playing with the Design in 3D tool. Minimalist chic is the name of the game here so don’t go if floral bed sheets are what you are looking for.
Price: Danish design doesn’t come cheap. You can expect to pay around HK$28,000 for a chair and an extra HK$10,000 for the matching foot rest.
Address: BoConcept, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2668 0027
Amelie & Tulips
Sheung Wan’s Tai Ping Shan Street and the surrounding area’s recent emergence as a mecca for hip design establishments is solidified with home decor store Amelie & Tulips. The store features a carefully curated selection of designer products that appeal to the buyer looking to add flair to their home and encourages the concept of purchasing furniture in the same way one would a piece of art. The store represents and stocks items designed by leading creatives including Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen and George Jensen, as well as unique vintage pieces and quirky accessories.
Price: Prices vary according to designer. Furniture starts at HK$4,000
Address: Ground Floor, 56 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2291 0005.
Founded in 2006 by then lawyer Nicole Wakley, Tree is your answer to eco-chic furniture for a modern lifestyle. All products are made from, you guessed it, sustainable wood in contemporary designs and are constructed with durability in mind. There is a popular kids range that covers everything from beds to work desks, and the minimal styling means that these items wont grow old as your little ones do. You can also shop knowing that part of the proceeds will go towards sustainability projects that include planting and educational initiatives. We recommend starting your day at Tree’s coffee shop at the brands Ap Lei Chau branch and why not pick up some fresh ‘Flowers From The Heart’ while you’re there.
Price: Sofa’s start at HK$7,000
Address: 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong. Tel: 2870 1582
Chenmiji is far more than a simple furniture store. Owner Mike Chan has his creative fingers in many pies and one look at the store’s website proves this – from stationary to publishing, and even image direction for live theatre. What he is probably most well known for however, is his gentrification of vintage furniture – his retro style is a favorite among Hong Kong’s trendy set. This is the place to find old 60’s style wooden chairs, marble tables, school desks reworked for the home, stacked coffee tables and vintage radio’s and electronics. The store also offers interior design services for the home or office, so if you’re longing for some retro design appeal then give them a call!
Price: Expect to pay upward of HK$4,000 for furniture
Address: 10, New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2549 8800