Skip to content
search
Art Design How a Minimalist Local Furniture Brand Combines Its Asian and European Influences

How a Minimalist Local Furniture Brand Combines Its Asian and European Influences

This elegant tableau features the Candy bench, Liseran floor lamp, Leonard sofa and Iris coffee table
This elegant tableau features the Candy bench, Liseran floor lamp, Leonard sofa and Iris coffee table
By Cheryl Lai-Lim
By Cheryl Lai-Lim
July 19, 2021
In the first of a three-part series on local furniture firms championing their Asian roots, Jasmine Ng from Akar de Nissim shares with us how the brand produces pieces that marry exceptional craftsmanship with sleek designs

With their cross-cultural influences, well-crafted details and elegant proportions, these qualities have since become the signature elements of the furnishings from Singapore-based brand Akar de Nissim.

“The materialisation of our east-meets-west design concept came about nearly a decade ago, combining the distinct elements of Ming-style home pieces with European sensibilities,” says Jasmine Ng, the firm’s chief operating officer. “Our clients share the appreciation of having well-made pieces that exude a distinct design and bring a sense of lightness to the surroundings.”

Related: Here's Why Minimalists Will Love The Collections From Singapore Furniture Brand Akar de Nissim

The Aspahan candleholders and Pavillion box from Akar de Nissim
The Aspahan candleholders and Pavillion box from Akar de Nissim

Akar de Nissim’s stunning creations harness premium materials such as natural marble slabs and Tahitian mother-of-pearl shells. Each bespoke creation is forged with an assiduous attention to detail, as seen in bestselling pieces such as the Iris coffee table and the Pavillion lacquer box; some of these pieces are also currently displayed in Tatler House Singapore.

Related: How the Tatler House Singapore Shophouse Celebrates its Local Roots

Our clients share the appreciation of having well-made pieces that exude a distinct design and bring a sense of lightness to the surroundings.

—Jasmine Ng, chief operating officer at Akar de Nissim

The brand’s forte lies in its signature 10-layer lacquer process. An unparalleled expertise helmed by the brand, the lacquering process requires the utmost finesse from artisanal craftsmen. The manifold procedure begins by meticulously coating each piece with at least four layers of primer to better intensify the applied lacquer colour. Individual lacquered layers are then varnished to seal in the vivid colour tones.

Related: 12 Accent Pieces That Will Make Elegant Additions to Your Home in the New Year

Jasmine Ng, COO of Akar de Nissim
Jasmine Ng, COO of Akar de Nissim

Artisans will subsequently hand-polish each piece, tirelessly working to ensure that the creation radiates a luxurious shine and smoothness. This deft expertise has enabled the brand to make its mark with elegant pieces that boast a strong personality.

Here, Ng tells us more about Akar de Nissim’s collections and the brand’s focus on e-commerce.

How do you ensure a high standard of production?

Jasmine Ng (JN) The consistent quality in our woodwork stems from the dedication of the craftsmen, the selection and preparation of raw materials, and the specific know-how of fine lacquering. It’s an age-old skill which our Vietnam production team excels at.

Akar de Nissim's products features distinctive artisanal craftsmanship
Akar de Nissim’s Iris coffee table is crafted with buffalo horn set in fibreglass

Tell us more about one of Akar de Nissim’s bestsellers.

JN Iris, our signature coffee table, is a piece of art. It can be adorned with the precious Tahiti shell mother-of-pearl in a starburst effect, a striking gradient of buffalo horn tiles, or in straw marquetry with a guilloche effect. Each table top is exquisite with its own unique qualities, embraced in its frame with our signature “squircle” (a square-circle) design and finished in a fine, glossy lacquer. In its entirety, the coffee table is fully handcrafted and hand-polished to a mirror finish.

The consistent quality in our woodwork stems from the dedication of the craftsmen, the selection and preparation of raw materials, and the specific know-how of fine lacquering.

—Jasmine Ng, chief operating officer at Akar de Nissim

How has the firm adapted to the challenges of the pandemic?

JN Online shopping is growing in popularity and has become a necessity. Thus, we refreshed our website with features that demonstrate the customisable options for Akar de Nissim furniture and accessories. This personalised process of bringing bespoke creations to life is a valued aspect for us.

The augmented reality (AR) function on our website also fulfills the curiosity of homeowners who would like to see how a specific Akar de Nissim piece fits into their interior. This AR function allows you to view each product in 360 degrees. On your mobile, you can place any Akar de Nissim piece in any setting, wherever you are. Additionally, having the AR feature can also help bring extra inspiration to all design enthusiasts.

This elegant tableau features the Candy bench, Liseran floor lamp, Leonard sofa and Iris coffee table
This elegant tableau features the Candy bench, Liseran floor lamp, Leonard sofa and Iris coffee table

How does it help a homegrown brand when Singapore consumers shop local?

JN In this field, there can be an underwhelming recognition of what is created at home or close by. The grass could be just as green on our side, it is up to one’s own appreciation and perception on what is deemed “valuable”. As we progress to expand globally, a key aspect we look to hold on to is our collaborations with Singapore talents (for future collections).

Related: Singapore Style: 8 Home Furniture and Decor Brands to Shop for Local Designs

This story was first published in the July 2021 issue of Tatler Singapore, now available on Magzter and newsstands.

  • Art Direction Charlene Lee
  • Photography Jasper Yu / Jyu Studio
  • Photographer's Assistant Evan Kong
  • Stylist's Assistant Cheryl Lai-Lim

Tags

Art & Design Tatler Homes design furnishings decor singapore akar de nissim

clear
keyboard_arrow_up

In order to provide you with the best possible experience, this website uses cookies. For more information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

close