Fashionable ladies in Singapore with a penchant for shopping local and a willingness to tread off the beaten path may already know about Nana & Bird, a multi-label women’s fashion and lifestyle boutique located at 1M Yong Siak Street. But they may not have heard about Studio Yono, an interior decor store nestled at the back of Nana & Bird.
Quirky interior design store founded by a Dutch lady in 2022
Founded in 2022, Studio Yono is a local interior design shop set up by Kaia Nelk, who uprooted her life in Amsterdam to settle down in Singapore in 2019. Despite being a year old, Studio Yono only moved into its space at Nana & Bird in July 2023.
That’s because Studio Yono first started as an online shop selling mainly mid-century finds, before pivoting to offer unusual decor pieces that aren’t already available to the average Singapore. From time to time, intrepid decorators could also find Studio Yono at pop-ups and fairs, and as part of curated collections in local shops such as SOJAO and Actually.
Curated decor like fried egg wall art & vases inspired by trash
3D-printed vases and fabric coasters.
Studio Yono counts hand-blown glass bottles, 3D-printed vases inspired by the Roman Empire, as well as ceramic containers shaped like “plastic trash from the river Maas in Rotterdam” amongst its repertoire. Though the description of the last seems wacky, the result is surprisingly aesthetically pleasing.
Ceramic vases inspired by plastic waste.
Image credit: Foekje Fleur
Other eye-catching finds at Studio Yono include hanging wall art that looks like a delicious fried egg and kitschy table lamps that are reminiscent of the 70s. The fried egg, in particular, was made by artist Diego Faivre, who created the work in collaboration with the Post Modern Collection, an art gallery in the Netherlands.
But what tickled us the most were the teaspoons shaped like mini snow shovels, made by Amabro. The Japanese brand is helmed by artist Amane Murakami, who specialises in art that combines ceramics, paper, and ink.
Besides home decor items and furniture, they also sell minimalist stationery such as the Things To Do Today daily planner by Marjolein Delhaas, available in an assortment of pastel colours.
Shop quirky homeware at Studio Yono
While IKEA is always a safe bet when it comes to furniture and home decor, there’s no harm in stepping out of your comfort zone and pursuing something off the beaten path. If you’re ready to jazz up your living space, head to Studio Yono to pick up a trinket or two this weekend.
Address: 1M Yong Siak Street
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 7pm
Contact: Studio Yono Instagram
For more places to shop for home decor:
- Vintage shop in Tai Seng selling diamond clocks
- Antique furniture directly sourced from Europe
- Tableware shop in Chinatown with main character energy
Cover image adapted from: Uchify