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he great classics of twentieth century Scandinavian design have landed in Singapore, the most cosmopolite city-state of South East Asia. The Noden showroom, opened in 2013 by the young Marko Dylan Yeo and Tawan Conchonnet, specialises in Danish furniture from 1940 to 1970. Genuine vintage Danish design has finally arrived in Singapore.

 

Big and bright, the Noden showroom is housed in Oxley Bizhub, a large shopping mall in the heart of Singapore’s industrial district.

Big and bright, the Noden showroom is housed in Oxley Bizhub, a large industrial complex in the heart of Singapore’s industrial district. 

 

Furniture by iconic Danish designers the likes of Hans Wegner, Poul Kjærholm and Hans Olsen is now found in a large light-filled loft space, in this small republic close to the equator. Here, the different shades of the wooden furniture merge with the tropical green of the same plants that were popular in European living rooms in the sixties. The overall effect is made even more surprising by the fact that we are in a gigantic industrial complex in the heart of Singapore’s industrial district.

 

Noden’s founding partners, Marko Dylan Yeo and his wife Tawan Conchonnet, at the front desk of their showroom.

Noden’s founding partners, Marko Dylan Yeo and his wife Tawan Conchonnet, at the front desk of their showroom.

Marko was in the surfing industry, Tawan, who is of French-Thai descent, is a photographer. Great travellers, the two founding partners fell in love with pure and functional design, discovered while collecting for several years. Most shops in Singapore were selling replica Scandinavian design and they didn't waste time in opening the first showroom, which was actually their home, to offer authentic vintage Danish furniture.

 

Beside Scandinavian-designed furniture and lamps, Noden has vintage as well as contemporary home accessories: mirrors, pottery and table accessories chosen with great care. Marko and Tawan are very particular about what kind of kind of new products they have, in fact they only stock pieces by those brands they define as “brands with heart”. 

 

table by Henning Kjærnulf and chairs model 42 by Kai Kristiansen; tallboy by Arne Vodder

From left to right: table by Henning Kjærnulf and chairs from the 42 series by Kai Kristiansen; tallboy by Arne Vodder, all the pieces are in teak wood. Right-hand side: chairs and table designed in 1952 by Hans Olsen for Røjle Mobelfabrik. 

teak sideboard by Kai Kristiansen and shelving by Mogens Koch

Left-hand image, a teak sideboard designed in the early ‘60s by Kai Kristiansen. Right-hand image, open shelving by Mogens Koch.

 

The appeal of simple and purist classic modernity with its controlled functional aesthetics, top quality materials and smart finishes, seems to be confined to neither space nor time. From the ‘50s onwards, from Scandinavia to Singapore, this magic has continued to captivate new enthusiastic collectors of twentieth century design, who in the end, finding themselves intrinsically connected to their passion, decide to turn it into their day-job. This is exactly Marko and Tawan’s story, in fact Noden means “knot” in Danish and Swedish…  

 

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Noden
Blk 65, Ubi Road 1,
Oxley Bizhub #03-75, Singapore 408729
www.nodenhome.com

Opening times:
Wed - Sun: 11am – 6pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Photos:
Courtesy Noden, Singapore

  

 

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