7 local artisanal furniture and home décor brands to spruce up your crib

Shop from these homegrown home décor brands to spruce up your crib and #SupportLocal at the same time.

After spending a bulk of the past few months confined to the four walls of home, it’s highly likely we’ve all grown tired of how our living space looks by now. While a quick getaway may alleviate the monotony, a little redecorating around the home can do wonders to inspire your creativity and good spirits again.

Besides shopping for new lighting, tableware or decorative pillows from high fashion brands or transforming entire homes to resemble a Hausmannien appartement, why not look at our own backyard for pieces made by local artisans and craftsmen?

Here are 7 homegrown furniture and home décor brands to spruce up your crib and #SupportLocal at the same time.

Bendang Artisan

With over 21k followers on Instagram, Bendang Studio is no stranger to homebodies with a keen eye for fine tableware. Founded by Rozana Musa, an art and design graduate who set up a small studio in her mum’s kitchen back in 2008, the brand has since grown to earn the attention of prominent establishments like Beta KL, Blackbyrd, De.Wan by Chef Wan and ATAS at The RuMa Hotel & Residences. Together with designer Imaya Wong, the female duo are known for crafting simple yet elegant round, ceramic plates that are handcrafted from clay to finish. I @bendangstudio_official

Kedai Bikin

A scroll on Kedai Bikin’s online store will send you waves of nostalgia from your parents’ home (or grandparents’) with its 50s and 60s-inspired furniture. Yet, the collection of classic Malaysian furniture and home accessories manage to exude a contemporary twist that makes them truly one-of-a-kind. Aside from the house-made selection, the brand also sources products from other makers, allowing small-time artisans to earn commissions from sales. W kedaibikin.com

Rotan Lot

Malaysians who grew up in the 20th century would be familiar with at least one rattan piece of furniture back home. Created with the aim of bringing the glory days of rattan/rotin into the modern context, Rotan Lot prides itself in designing evergreen furniture such as rattan benches, chairs, coffee tables, daybeds, headboards and storage, among others. Today, the brand’s beautifully crafted pieces can be seen in the stores of Fern Batik Collective, Lululemon and Therefore Café, just to name a few. W rotanlot.com

BentukBentuk

Concrete isn’t just for making buildings, as BentukBentuk proves. Co-founded in 2016 by a couple who started making concrete planters for their succulents the year before, this homegrown label now offers an array of geometric coasters, trays, table lighting, jewellery holders and organisers to inject a display of concrete finery into your home. W bentukbentuk.com

LAIN Furniture

Pronounced “lah-een” to mean “different” in Malay, Lain Furniture is indeed a furniture company that differs from the crowd. Established by accomplished designer Hani Ali, the brand is known for creating custom-made wooden furniture using upcycled vintage wood. The resulting bespoke masterpieces will no doubt elevate your space like no other run-off-the-mill object from your chain furniture store can. F @lainfurniture | I @lainfurniture

KitaKita

(Photo: Gan Yew Chin for FirstClasse)

Think of KitaKita as your one stop shop for a directory of Malaysian boutique home and lifestyle brands, curated by its four female founders. From batik clothing and rattan accessories to local paintings and sculptures this is one store that’s proudly Made in Malaysia. Thanks to its extensive range of art and crafts, you’ll surely stumble upon unique pieces of objets d’ art to make your crib stand out from the typical IKEA archetype. W kitakita.my | F @KitaKitaMY | I @kitakitamy

Read more: Made in Malaysia: KitaKita

Mad3 Studio

Like Kedai Bikin, Mad3 Studio has a knack for forging a link between old and new. Created by three friends who share a common interest in handcrafted furniture, this KL-based design studio specialises in traditional-looking chairs with a contemporary edge. These chairs are handmade from cords and incorporate traditional handiwork that add a quintessentially Malaysian touch to your humble abode. W mad3studio.com

Photos courtesy of respective brands

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