Published February 17, 2007

A place the Mod Squad could call home

Block 50, 100E
Pasir Panjang Road #01-03 Century Warehouse
Tel: 6377 1796
Closed today for Chinese New Year's eve

White hot: Looking for a distinctive "period' piece? This armchair could be just the thing

Destination shopping: Lorgan's has become a household name for retro furniture and home decor

Fun accent: Quirky pieces add wit and whimsy to the home

SIX years after Lorgan Wong moved his vintage furniture shop to Century Warehouse, he expanded it and took up another unit next door - this time to create space for 'case study' pieces or reproductions of modish furniture from the 1940s to the 1970s.

The section was set up a year ago, after he closed his Blair Road outlet. 'A warehouse unit is big, and rent is cheaper by almost half, compared to city rents,' he says. And customers don't mind making their way here, he reckons, because of the free parking.

'It's destination shopping - 80 per cent of those who come know about Lorgan's and what we carry. If they don't buy something the first time they come, they might the next time.'

Lorgan's is now such a household name for seekers of retro furniture and home decor that it's spawned several other furniture businesses at Century Warehouse.

Housing his showroom and shop at a warehouse allows customers to browse more freely, he feels, and the section where he displays the original antiques and collectibles is configured much like a shop - it's a little messy, but you'll have fun sifting through the wares to find what you like.

The newer 2,500 sq ft annex contains the big furniture pieces - some of which are original, second-hand pieces, like a used 1970s Herman Miller modular sofa set which has been re-upholstered ($650 for a single sofa) and a Vernon Panton cone chair ($3,300).

Others are what Mr Wong calls 'case study' furniture, essentially reproductions of famous designs like Hans Wegner wishbone chairs for $550 each. Other designs are classic examples by Ray and Charles Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Arne Jacobsen, George Nelson, Marcel Breuer and so on. The pieces, with lapsed design patents, are made in Bangkok, Australia and Indonesia.

The case study furniture is selling very well, says Mr Wong. 'Nowadays, customers don't mind that they're not originals. They just want the style and the look, so they don't mind whether it's old or new.'