10 Cool Home Stores in Manila
Whatever your style, these stores will give you a good dose of inspiration (or a great source of gifts for the trendy homemaker)!
(SPOT.ph) Whether you’re on the hunt for a housewarming gift or looking to spruce up your own place, shop these stores for under-the-radar furniture that'll turn your home into a design haven.
Unit 103, 3 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo Pasig
Suite 229, LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati
501-7588 or 798-0027, www.heimastore.com
Stepping into Heima is like giving yourself an instant happy boost. The colorful shop mixes custom-made furniture by the Heima design team, one-of-a-kind stationery, Fujifilm Instax cameras, refurbished typewriters, and vinyl records. The impeccably curated shop also does frequent product launches (the latest of which was of washi tape brand, MT) and regularly hosts parties featuring live music, art, and a fun bunch of people.
Unit B Mezzanine, Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr., Ortigas Center
Owned and curated by interior and furniture designer Wilmer Lopez, Space Encounters mixes offbeat Asian pop culture pieces with mid-century Scandinavian furniture. The shop blends the right amount of sophistication with humor and quirk, seamlessly bridging the seeming disconnect between well-crafted wood, sleek plastic, funky neon, and cheeky humor. To temper all the design pieces, the shop also has a quiet K-Pop nook for visitors who have a penchant for all things Korean.
Bungalow 300 is a refreshing addition to the local design scene, with its pop-up sales that have so far sprung up in Alabang, Urdaneta Village, and Bel-Air. Design aficionados Marga Espiritu and Vernice Songco spend their days restoring and collecting iconic vintage furniture, sculptural and two-dimensional art, and even commissioning works by up-and-coming designers to come up with a fully dressed-up home. Folks with discerning style will love the tasteful way these two ladies manage to live and breathe design through their vignettes and spaces.
Resurrection and Found Objects Gallery
10A Alabama Street, Quezon City
0918-924-0580 or 0908-862-9300 or 0917-535-4028
The 3 Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle, deserve a fourth companion with Binggoy de Ocampo and Leah Sanchez's brainchild, Resurrection Furniture. The shop, located in a charming house also known to host regular arts and crafts fairs, is peppered with scraps and discarded pieces refashioned into quirky, stylish drawers, aparadors, file cabinets and coffee tables that are current, up-to-date, and undoubtedly fresh.
9th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
Visits are by appointment only.
Prepare to be charmed-a visit to 9th Liberty will knock your socks off with the amount of pretty it holds. Decked with pastel bunting and bespoke chairs in fresh, poppy colors and a one-of-a-kind fabric, the shop offers everything from paper lanterns to luxe arm chairs, Parisian-themed accessories to wall decorations-everything you need to turn your space into a veritable Alice in Wonderland-inspired boudoir.
Sticks Furniture Designs
144 Magnolia Lane, Gregoria Heights, Barangay San Isidro, Taytay, Rizal
You could dress up an entire home with just one visit to this off-the-grid shop-slash-café in Taytay, Rizal. With pieces that run the style spectrum from Asian modern to 1960s pop to loungey, outdoor furniture, this showroom caters to all you need, regardless of which design aesthetic you favor. The shop, which also doubles as a café, has a façade that's decked in colorful Mondrian-inspired artwork-just a sign of the surprising, well-designed pieces that Sticks has to offer.
2241 Pasong Tamo, Lafuerza Compound, Makati
Already featured in Condé Nast Traveller, this warehouse, tucked along Pasong Tamo Extension, offers those with discriminating taste a feast for the senses. With a well-rounded mix of handcrafted accessories, bespoke furniture, antiques and artisanal pieces, the shop established by Andrés Vasquez-Prada and Kaye Tinga showcases an impeccable blend of Eastern and Western design influences.
2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay
Nestled in a compound of 1950s houses, a11 features exceptionally crafted furniture that changes with every season. Run by designer Albert Avellana, the shop plays host to several lines and collections that make it big in the international market. Set up to look just like a home, a walk through a11 gives visitors a clear picture of how they can decorate their spaces in an actual house setting. a11 is complemented by an art gallery as well, rounding out the whole shopping experience. "a11 is beautiful," says Real Living's editor-in-chief, Rachelle Medina. "This collective is how all designer home stores should be."
235 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air, Makati
Located in the house that formerly belonged to design stalwart Budji Layug, this store presents a well-rounded collection of tropical Asian pieces, which constantly grab buyers' and design enthusiasts' attention at Citem (Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions). Casa Ligna plays host to a team of award-winning designers, both from abroad and from the Philippines.
Unit 3-031 Level 3, Greenbelt 5, Makati
2nd Floor Rustan's, Alabang Town Center
4th Floor, Rustan's, Ayala Center, Makati
354 3rd Floor, Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
941-4232 or 948-0520, www.shopgrassroots.com
If you're looking to add some Filipino flavor to your home without succumbing to traditional, old-fashioned furniture, make a pit stop at Grassroots. Offering smart storage solutions in bright colors, organic materials and intricate weaves, the family-run shop holds everything from large-sized bins to shoeboxes, as well as on-trend accessories like mirrors, frames, and funky furniture.
Heima photo courtesy of Mitch Mauricio; Space Encounters photo from Facebook.com/space.encounters; Bungalow 300 photo courtesy of Bungalow 300; Resurrection photo courtesy of Mark Ches Ang; 9th Liberty and Sticks photos courtesy of Vincent Coscolluela; W17 photo courtesy of Rene Mejia; a11 and Casa Ligna photo courtesy of Ocs Alvarez; Grassroots photo courtesy of Jun Pinzon.