An up-and-coming trend in urban living reveals a palate for quaint things. Be it lifestyle wear or home décor, find these Kuala Lumpur stores to be a slick saviour from the conventional.
Stemmed from the frustration of not being able to find affordable and aesthetically appealing homeware, Tish Lifestyle is the brainchild of Shermaine Wong. Lithe and stylish, she exudes minimalist creativity as much as the Tish showroom in the Pantai Hillpark neighbourhood. Shermaine started out by creating custom candles for weddings and corporate events. That blossomed into curating homeware from places like Thailand and Brazil so people here can bring back a slice of pretty to their homes.
Rattan baskets, tasselled throw pillows and crystal book stoppers are some of the sophisticated items sold by Tish Lifestyle. Beautiful as it is functional, it is not hard to see these trinkets displayed in your home’s shelves or dining table. Shermaine even goes as far as to collaborate with local artisans and designers to create one-of-kind home products from plate sets to framed artworks.
Her passion for candles is evident as Tish Lifestyle also sells their own line of organic candles made from vegetable wax, scented with lovely notes of florals and fruits. Taking it to the next level, the chic packaging of the candles are a collaboration with local graphic designers so every batch is personalised and unique.
2, Jalan Pantai Murni, Pantai Hillpark
Brewing aesthetics in urban living is a design that founder Eve Lim is hoping to achieve in Ninth Gallery. Raised in Taiwan and studied in the United States, Eve gains inspiration from her travels around the globe especially from the overseas stores that shelf eccentric gifts. Since her business debut in May 2017, Eve’s travel trips have been earnest in introducing more inventive items to her store.
Accented with a perfect balance of gold, wood and glass surfaces, Ninth Gallery is a larger than life aesthetic venue with intricate touches of deco. The platform for refined ingenuity has everything from lifestyle wear, interior pieces to stationary articles that will spruce you up. Eve shows her enthusiasm in stationaries with her vast collection of pens and Japanese pencils to bring back style in writing. One of the pens is brassmade from Taiwan Ystudio that is minimalistic in design and weighty to hold to remind the users of their weight of words.
Latest addition to enhance the living space is Native Union Eclipse Charger from the United States that keeps the charging station clean with a touch sensor to activate and charges up to three gadgets at a time. The white solid wood adds flair to the space with cables out of sight.
PUBLIKA, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas
On the ground floor of a refurbished apartment building at the edge of town, stands a quirky lifestyle shop with a heavy dose of local flair. Karipap throw pillows, salted egg chips and funny t-shirts with Malaysian slang are just some of the amazing things available at their airy and newly opened shop.
It started off in Singapore, expanded to Malaysia through an online store and now a physical one has graced our city. Naiise champions local brands from clothes to stationaries to home accessories from popular brands like Apom, TinyPinc Miniatures and Meykrs.
You can find some exclusive products from Naiise’s ongoing collaborations with local brands and designers. An example is their Wild Wild Local Weekly Planner in collaboration with Whimsy Whimsical featuring illustrations of our beloved Malaysian wildlife.
Zhongshan Building, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap
The home-decor store in Kuala Lumpur is dedicated in embellishing the interior with rustic living elements from kitchenware to wall statement pieces for home accessorising. The place brims with mostly vintage memorabilia like bookends and unique wine holders besides having a collection of antique lighting from lantern to candles and table lamps.
50-1-2, Jalan Doraisamy
Goes by their ‘random beautiful things’ slogan, Ilaika is a lifestyle concept store that sells mostly local products. The store has a café within the venue with picnic tables among retail counters. Find personal care items and local fashion brands like Shuren Project and CommiStyle.
No 17, Jalan 20/13, Petaling Jaya
Words & Photos By Jessy Wong & Aishah Azali