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About Us

With a base in both Singapore and the UK, Saira and Shanti source vintage oil paintings and handcrafted decorative objects and antiques from markets and auctions around Britain and Europe in order to bring a beguiling mix of unique, eclectic, and affordable pieces to homes, collections, and interior projects.

We started off with a focus on the Singapore market (where both of us grew up), selling vintage and antique paintings that add personality, warmth and charm to the usual ‘shiny, contemporary and new’ style that has characterised many of Singapore’s urban developments. Although this continues to be our main motivation, we have now expanded our reach beyond Singapore and sell our works internationally.

Check back in when you can because we are always scouring Britain and Europe for more beautiful pieces and will regularly be adding items to our shop. Sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Instagram (@discerningpalette) to get updated every time we do.

Saira Kalimuddin

Saira Kalimuddin

Director

Saira’s passion for art is not something that can be hidden or snuffed out. ‘It’s in my bones’, she says, ‘Art should be for all, not just for the folks with money and big walls, and not just for the ‘please do not touch this artwork’ institutions’. Saira has worked in the fine art sector for the last 10 years, but not all of it has been roses and butterflies. If anything, her experience working in a high end art gallery in Gillman Barracks in Singapore made her fall out of love for art. It was from that point that she knew she needed to take a stand against the prestige and exclusivity so often tied to the art world. Through creating The Discerning Palette, she wants to make sure that all of us can fill our homes with art that we can connect with - art that reminds us of a place or time, or gives us a certain warm feeling, art that can make that little corner of our home a little more unique. When Saira isn’t sourcing art for you and me, she’s sharing and writing about art on her page @sairamayart, mothering her 2 year old son, and growing pak choi in her back garden.

Shanti Davamoni

Shanti Davamoni

Director

Shanti is a bold firecracker who is always ready for adventure. Even in her career, she’s not one to shy away from a challenge - she’s delved deep into the art world, explored the frontiers of Fintech and software, and is now sinking her teeth into communication development. And when she’s not busy with her day job, she’s sourcing wonderful pieces of vintage art for you and me. ‘Art and tech aren’t that different’, she says, ‘at the end of the day, both industries have creativity and innovation at their core. I am always in awe at the amazing things that can come out of that.’ Shanti relishes finding hidden treasures of art and hopes that these ‘found treasures’ on The Discerning Palette can add a little spark to your life and home. “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on”, said Albert Einstein, many moons ago. And so here at The Discerning Palette, we pass it on.

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