Singapore’s finest antique store, The Past Perfect Collection, is the brainchild of Dutch owners Pieter and Marie-Hélène van Houten. Established in 2007, this antique store offers an unrivalled choice of antique colonial furniture from the British, Dutch and Portuguese era in India.
The couple were working and living in India for many years, travelling and experiencing this captivating country. They soon became intrigued with India’s colonial history and developed a passion for collecting antique pieces dating from that era. As their personal collection grew, they made the brave decision to leave their corporate jobs and start a business devoted to restoring colonial furniture to their former glory and sharing them with the rest of the world. They chose Singapore as their new home and The Past Perfect Collection was born.
Pieter and Marie-Hélène van Houten
The first Past Perfect Collection antique store was located in the enclave of River Valley, it then moved to the leafy Bukit Timah neighbourhood. It now resides in the Tan Boon Liat Building, known as Singapore’s furniture hub, in the vibrant Tiong Bahru area and is one of Singapore’s most stylish antique stores today.
Visit the airy showroom and be transported back in time. Think of romantic four poster beds, handsome rosewood cabinets and sturdy travelling chests with heavy brass locks and you will begin to understand what this unique antique store has to offer.
Just imagine the romance of colonial European style courting Indian craftsmanship! These pieces can add that special character to your home, silently speaking to you of a bygone era.
Exclusive antique store in Singapore, Tan Boon Liat Building, Outram Road
At Past Perfect quality comes first and we personally select our antiques with great care. We work in close cooperation with professional and experienced suppliers across India and pay special attention to the condition, rarity and origin of each piece. Some may need some restoration, which is expertly done in India by a team of dedicated craftsmen. Only genuine antiques and of the highest quality are included in our collection.
Our pieces are handpicked in the different regions in India as to be able to offer our customers a variety of styles of furniture. You will be amazed by the beauty of the combination of a distinctly Western design with an Oriental flair. It is definitely the high quality of the materials used, the handwork and the attention to detail that sets this furniture apart.
A career highlight for The Past Perfect Collection was to be involved in the refurbishment of the iconic Raffles Hotel, Singapore, in 2019. The epitome of colonial elegance, Raffles Hotel was unveiled in its new glory in August of that year.
Within Raffles Boutique you can find many pieces which have come from the Past Perfect Collection antique store including several marble top tables, a games table, a cylinder desk, nests of tables and a writing table.
The Tiffin Room restaurant features a myriad of brass tiffin boxes from The Past Perfect Collection as well as numerous interesting artifacts, which can be found in the prestigious Writers Bar. Read more about this project in Raffles Hotel here.
Proud associate of Raffles Hotel - The Past Perfect Collection.
Lived for many years in Singapore. While back on a business trip had to find an hour to visit this treasure trove full of stunning colonial style furniture and lots of great collectables to take home, to remind of travels made. They also have a great selection of Good Earth tableware, cushions and bedspreads. Owners are super friendly, knowledgeable and able to answer all questions.
Selina T (Tripadvisor)
It’s a pleasure to interact with Proprietors Peter & Marie and admire the carefully selected pieces artistically displayed in the boutique. We are thoroughly enjoying the few exquisite articles that we have purchased from Past Perfect.
We really appreciate your help in patiently trying to source articles specific to our requirements.
Anupam Gupta (Google Reviews)
The Past Perfect Collection - A Worldwide Antique Store.
A warm welcome awaits at the stylish antique store in Singapore and the online store assists those overseas. It is packed with beautiful detailed pictures of colonial furniture so customers can examine each piece carefully before purchasing.
The Past Perfect Collection offers other services such as sourcing, delivery as well as international shipping. Any enquiries are always welcome. Our latest acquisitions can be viewed here.