The Lookbox Edit 09: Where to shop for alternative art

Art doesn’t just have to be a painting on the wall. The next time you shop for some, consider these great options.

  • The Lookbox Edit 09: Where to shop for alternative art

Text by Janice Seow

#1 Art that’s lit

Crust Galerie 5 Sol Luminaire

Galerie 5 by Sol Luminaire has just opened at 50 Craig Road. Set across three levels of a shophouse unit, the gallery is an inspirational and ethereal space filled with lamps that are art pieces in themselves, and these are displayed alongside artisanal home accessories and furnishings. Brands currently carried here include Makhno Studio (lamps), llll (lamps), Frederic Saulou (furnishing and accessories), Sticky Glass (glassware), and The Soucy Shop (ceramics).

Art at Galerie 5 Sol Luminaire

Follow the softly curved walls from one whitewashed room into the next, and if you need more time to admire the displays, their large and comfy sofas are perfect for lounging.

Sol Luminaire

#2 More than furniture

AMH art furniture

AMH (ArtMeetsHart) is an art design company that takes the idea of living with art to a new level. Offering an alternative way for homeowners to showcase and enjoy art in their spaces other than on canvas, the company works with craftsmen and artists to incorporate them onto furnishings and feature walls instead.


#3 Art for walls, floors and countertops

If you’re looking for something award-winning, look no further than the ICE of Genesis collection from COMPAC, which has just garnered this year’s Red Dot Design Award’s top title of “Best of the Best”.

COMPAC surface

It’s designed by renowned artist Arik Levy, and made with one of COMPAC’s strongest and most durable material, COMPAC quartz. The collection is inspired by the frozen lakes of the Arctic, and is meant to offer the sensation akin to walking on ice sheets. Sustainable processes are used to create this collection.

COMPAC surface

ICE of Genesis can be used as kitchen countertops, flooring, wall cladding and even furniture. They are works of art whichever way you choose to use them.

COMPAC is available at Stone Amperor and Luxx Newhouse

#4 Going digital

Samsung’s The Frame TV combines technology with art to make a huge variety of artworks more attainable to more people. In their most recent collaboration with National Gallery Singapore, 10 prominent artworks by Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists from the gallery’s collection are now added to the Samsung Art Store. The artworks include Market Place by Chen Chong Swee, Boschbrand (Forest Fire) by Raden Saleh, Jetty at Sinde by U Ba Nyan, Singapore Waterfront by Georgette Chen, and Barber by Ong Kim Seng, among others.

Art Samsung The Frame
Featured: Mona Lisa, from another collection

The 10 art pieces join over 1,600 other masterpieces from museums and galleries around the world that Samsung has partnered with, such as the Louvre Museum in France, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.


#5 Room to bloom

Designers Guild Spring Summer 2022

Vibrant fabrics and wallcoverings are easy and effective ways to bring colour and flair into your space. Designers Guild Spring Summer 2022 collection offers an explosion of floral blooms and decorative motifs that are romantic and contemporary. The collection consists of designs by Tricia Guild, Christian Lacroix Maison, John Derian and William Yeoward.

You don’t have to go full on with these dramatic designs either. A few cushions or a feature wall will go a long way in making a statement.

Designers Guild is available at Romanez and Craft a Shade

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