Drop the salted egg yolk chips and Merlion keychains. These design-forward takes on local icons make for far more elegant memorabilia.
One Singapore (2018 edition) porcelain plates from Supermama
Lifestyle shop Supermama dishes up gold-rimmed porcelain plates framing an illustrated hodgepodge of Singapore old and new. From the silhouette of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew shedding a tear when he announced Singapore’s divorce from Malaysia in 1965 to the ubiquitous itinerant ice cream man, these dishes certainly serve up a good dose of nostalgia.
The shophouses on Koon Seng road impress with their intricately ornate facades and colourful Peranakan tiles, and it is these very details that serve as inspiration for the pastel-coloured motifs on this cotton-silk scarf designed by Binary Style. Alongside silhouettes of the shophouses, prints of fruits, flowers, and birds considered auspicious in Chinese culture embellish the scarf.
Luxe Japanese confectionery brand famed for its butter-rich cookies packaged in beautiful metal tins has rolled out its very first country-exclusive special this month. Designed by Singapore artist Christopher Chew, the rectangular tin features pastel-coloured illustrations of familiar icons from Japan and Singapore, playfully incorporated in a game of Snakes & Ladders. Wooden magnetic pawns and a dice are included in the set, giving you good reason to revisit this nostalgic childhood game. Play a round while munching on the delicious assortment of cookies packed in the box.
A tongue-in-cheek take on Gucci’s iconic classic logo tee, these cotton tops from Malaysian clothing brand Home Too much pay homage to nasi lemak, a dish that’s well-loved on both sides of the causeway.