Singapore is developing at an unimaginable rate and it's hard to keep up with its latest architectural achievements. Flashy new buildings (on mostly reclaimed land) create an impressive skyline but sadly these rapid developments comes at a cost; the city is left with soulless streets crammed with one bland shopping mall after the other.
Haji Lane is the light at the end of the tunnel. This tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, is fighting the battle to keep the (few) independent shops alive and well in the city. We were delighted to find A Thousand Tales amongst the lane of chic (mostly fashion) boutiques.
Located in a renovated three level pre-war shophouse A Thousand Tales sells bespoke mid-20th-century Scandinavian-inspired pieces such as sofas, armchairs, tables and sideboards. They also sell one-of-a-kind artwork by Japanese sculptor Sumio Suzuki and trendy poster prints by Brit Steve Lawler aka Mojoko. If you are in town, make sure to visit and don't miss the pretty cafe on the top floor that serves bespoke drinks and cocktails.
For more information see: A Thousand Tales
Images: Liezel Strauss