15 Art Pieces From Taobao That Will Turn Your Living Room Into A Gallery

So you’ve got your home design down pat, picked out your wall colours, worked out where the fridge and washer goes, ordered the furniture (you haven’t?! Shame on you. Get started here) and now you’re only missing the icing on the cake – decorations!

With prices less than half what you’d find for the same variety and quality in Singapore, Taobao is a pretty great place to look for conversation pieces for your living room.

We won’t lie though – the chances of you finding the next Banksy, Monet or Picasso are zero at best. But with a good eye, you’ll be able to find some choice pieces that won’t look out of place in an art gallery. Our take? If this can pass off as art, no one will ever guess that you got your stash from Taobao.

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We’re looking at you, San Fran.

Editor’s Note: This article was extorted inspired by a friend of ours sourcing for art for his new pad. He didn’t want to have the same IKEA prints as everyone else. (Fair enough.)

Featured Shop No. 1:星本家居 / Xing Ben Jia Ju
Rating: 2 Blue Crowns, Gold Medal Seller, 5 years-old
Quality: 4.8
Service: 4.8
Responsiveness: 4.7

Dream of owning a Kaws but can’t convince the missus to bet the kids’ education funds on it? We hear ya. Xing Ben Jia Ju has exactly what you want – satirical graffiti prints with enough street cred to make your house look like the Bronx Wall of Fame.

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The Bronx Wall of Fame. We hear it’s going to be torn down – so go visit it if you can. Or try to remake it in your living room with Taobao.

All prices are for a set of 3, and how much you pay depends on the size of your prints. You also have the choice to purchase one – but we recommend that you whip out your measuring tape at home to see if the print’ll fit!

Some of the sizes available (in centimetres):
30 by 40, 40 by 50, 60 by 80, 80 by 100, 20 by 20, 30 by 30, 40 by 40, 50 by 50, 60 by 60 and 80 by 80.

Item 1
Item: Classic anatomy print
Price:¥ 125.00 – 615.00 = SGD 26.35 – 129.64

Item 2Item: Pinocchio and friends
Price: ¥ 69.00 – 565.00 = SGD 14.55 – 119.10

Item 3Item: Street art Smurfs
Price: ¥ 69.00 – 565.00 = SGD 14.48 – 118.57

Item 4Item: Spongebob in squares
Price: ¥ 69.00 – 565.00 = SGD 14.55 – 119.10 

Item 5Item: Simpsons in squares
Price: ¥ 69.00 – 565.00 = SGD 14.55 – 119.10

Featured Shop No. 2: 仟象映画 / Qian Xiang Ying Hua
Rating: Under 极有家 (Ji You Jia), Gold Medal Seller, 3 Blue Crowns
Quality: 4.8
Service: 4.8
Responsiveness: 4.7

Does a sizeable portion of your salary go to the SGIFF and the Alliance francaise de Singapour’s Cine Club? Do you spent the weekends pouring over old movie posters at the Salvation Army? Do you only watch movies at The Projector? (P.S. you should! They show kick-ass indie films such as this.)

Then you’ll love the pop-culture Andy Warhol-esque prints from Qian Xiang Ying Hua, with movie references a plenty to keep any film-buff happy.

Item 1
Item: Roman holiday print

Sizes (in cm): 20*25, 30*40cm
Price: ¥46.50 = SGD9.74

Item 2
Item: The Dark Knight print
Sizes (in cm): 30*40cm, 40*60cm
Price: ¥75.00 = SGD15.71

Item 3Item: Cinematic embrace
Sizes (in cm): 43 * 43, 53 * 53, 63 * 63, 83 * 83, 73 * 73cm
Price: ¥ 128.00 = SGD 26.98

Item 4Item: Whaam warplane print
Sizes (in cm): 93*43, 123*53
Price: ¥ 264.00 = SGD 55.65 

Featured Shop No. 3: 起贝装饰画 / Qi Bei Zhuang Shi Hua
Rating: Under 极有家 (Ji You Jia), Gold Medal Seller, 2 Blue Crowns
Quality: 4.8
Service: 4.9
Responsiveness: 4.8

Don’t leave junior out; Picasso once said to paint like a child. And didn’t we all love hanging colourful bits and pieces on our walls when we were kids?

Qi Bei Zhuang Shi Hua’s range of cheery pastel-coloured prints range from whimsical to cutesy; and will inspire a sense of childlike wonder in even the most jaded of us.

Prices quoted are per print, and vary according to dimension.

Item 1Item: Nursery room prints
Size (in cm): 23*23, 33*33, 43*43, 53*53 cm
Price: ¥ 25.00 – 99.00 = SGD 5.25 – 20.78

Item 2Item: Cartoon block colour prints
Sizes (in cm):23*28, 33*43, 43*63, 53*78 cm
Price: ¥29.00 – 129.00 = SGD6.08 – 27.03

Item 3
Item: Doggie Murals
Sizes (in cm): 23*28, 33*43, 43*63, 53*78 cm
Price: ¥ 39.00 – 149.00 = SGD 8.19 – 31.27

Item 4Item: Superkids prints
Sizes (in cm): 23*28, 33*43, 43*63, 53*78
Price: ¥ 29.00 – 129.00 = SGD 6.09 – 27.08

 

Item 5Item: Spirited away
Size: 23*28, 33*43, 43*63, 53*78 cm
Price: ¥ 39.00149.00 = SGD 8.19 – 31.27

There ya go. Happy shopping and don’t forget to share your steals with us on our Facebook page or Instagram (tag us @taobaohacks or #taobaohacks!)

xoxo
Team Taobao Hacks

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Author: Taobao Hacks

The ultimate guide to shopping at Tao Bao! Not everything on Tao Bao has look like it was made in a sweat shop in China. We curate the best of Tao Bao - from fashionable threads that wouldn't look out of place on the streets of Paris and Milan, furniture that looks like it came out of a Kinfolk magazine, tech products that will please even the geekiest techhead and anything else that you could possibly dream of buying. But prettier.

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