Our story and mission


Who are we?

Kulturë was founded by Esi and Charles, an Indonesian-French couple fond of travels and art. Both of them got to live in different countries (France, Gabon, Netherlands, Singapore for Charles, Indonesia and Philippines for Esi) and got immersed in foreign cultures from an early age. The pair got married in 2015 in Singapore and settled down in there, where Charles was already working full time in export sales.

After many trips to different parts of Indonesia such as Samosir, Bali, Lombok, Jogjakarta, Solo and Bandung, they decided to share their passion for this incredibly culturally rich country and region with the rest of the world though their online store and blog, where they tell the world about their quests for beautiful handcrafted products. In particular, we were awed by the endless creativity of Balinese artisans to make quality furniture and home decor products.

Kulture home decor

Our mission

At Kulturë, we strive to find unique, tastefully handcrafted home decor and furniture securely delivered to your doorstep at the click of a mouse.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

The perpetual discovery of new cultures, beautiful landscapes, objects and people is what drives us, humans, to travel relentlessly. The beauty of traveling resides in the fact that new experiences are endless. Arts, in particular, are one of the most diversified forms of culture in our world.

Indonesia, with its 17,000 islands and 34 provinces, offers an incredibly wide array of artistic objects and paintings, with different styles and techniques. Indonesian artistic crafts and paintings encompass designs dated from early animistic beliefs, ancestor devotion, Hindu or Buddhist influenced motifs brought by Indian merchants, Chinese or Islamic symbols and beliefs.

Wood carvings in particular can be found throughout the Indonesian archipelago, with the most famous being from Bali, Central Java, Madura, Sumatra and Papua. Each region developed very unique skills. This means each craft can be easily traced back to its region of origin at a glance.

Indonesian home decor and furniture are also some of the finest in the world. Balinese artisans and craftsmen are extremely skilled and capable of perpetually innovating when it comes to creating new designs for furniture and decorations products. We also take pride in giving more exposure to the artisans who bring natural material to life.

Our ethical code

We are actively committed to help local communities in Indonesia while sharing our passion with the rest of the world. We ensure fair trade principles with all our suppliers and refrain from selling products made from rare and protected woods. 

How we give back

Actions speak louder than word!

Bestesda Orphanage Outreach Project

We commit to giving back to the community, as we believe sharing is caring: 5% of our annual profits will be donated to the Betesda Orphanage, which houses 35 children whose ages range from 2 to 18, taken care by five primary care givers and overseen by Bishop Zebua and the Yayasan Bahtera Misi in Batam.

Having already visited this orphanage in the past, we naturally thought of helping them out by contributing to these children’s well-being and education. Please check their Facebook page for more details. Trips to visit the kids are organized from Singapore every quarter or so! Please send us an email (shop@kulture.sg) if you wish to join us on these fun trips!

Left: Charles making our annual donation to Pastor Zebua
Right: our daughter Cécilia making new friends!

We also organise punctual fundraisers to help them through difficult time, as we did during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://gogetfunding.com/Bethesda-orphanage-COVID-crisis/. Keep an eye out for the next one!

Trees planting in Sumatra

Kulturë Home Decor is also deeply concerned about the degradation of the environment on a global scale. As most of our products are made from rattan and MDF and we ensure that our suar wood is sustainably sourced, our activities do not have a direct impact on deforestation. 

Still, this issue is rampant in Indonesia, and we believe that concrete actions must be taken now to ensure our children and the next generations enjoy a well-balanced environment for their future. As such, we commit to planting at least 20 trees every quarter and will publish the relevant certificates on each occasion! Check https://www.reforestaction.com/ if you wish to take part in this action.

Tree planting by Hasiana PTE LTD

 

 

 

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