10 Inspiring Home Stores to Check Out in Manila
A merry mix of global brands, homegrown favorites, and online shops
(SPOT.ph) Why wait for the New Year to give your home a much-needed makeover? Let these cool home stores goad you to act on your interior motives...stat!
Address: 2/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; 3/F Abenson, 28th Street and Fourth Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Habitat traces its beginnings to 1964 when it was established by Sir Terence Conran in London. With such a long history you might think that their offerings would be a bit on the yawn-inducing end of the spectrum, but their products are definitely far from that. One look at the curvy armchair in zingy mustard, the quirky ribbon lamp, and the irregularly shaped Staten porcelain plates and you’d know we’re not lying. They now have a branch in Quezon City—good news for those who find their flagship store in BGC quite a distance.
Address: G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 2002, West Elm has since expanded to include a branch in the Philippines where it sits on a sizeable mall space filled with a selection of the brand’s signature casual-modern and effortlessly sophisticated furniture pieces and décor. Take your pick from the gorgeous buffet made of reclaimed pine wood and white lacquer, the sleek and sculptural Martini side table, and the colorful, printed dinnerware, to name just a few of their covetable pieces.
Heima Home & Lifestyle
Address: 103 Three Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
You wouldn’t want to swing by Heima if you’re too broke to afford even their Paper Club products...but visit the shop anyway and you'll see why their products are worth it. The vignettes at Brixton shop, Heima’s most spacious and brightest branch yet, are perennially styled to Instagram perfection with pretty, chic seating pieces and cool tabletop charmers. They also accept custom orders and do interior design through its sister brand, Heim Interiors.
Address: Unit B Mezzanine, Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Contact: 910-8031, email@example.com
Trust the tandem of interior designer Wilmer Lopez and writer Thor Balanon of Space Encounters to come up with one awesome collection after another since they set up shop in early 2010. Currently, they’re running the “Boring Things” collection of pieces inspired by mundane objects. Their signature pieces, such as the Papa Bear chair, are a nod to the Scandinavian and mid-century modern styles. Their design team is also the force behind the interior branding and style upgrade of local fast food chains Greenwich and Chowking.
Address: 2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City
Pasay may not be the top-of-mind city for inspiring interiors, but the fact that it is home to the incredibly charming compound on 2680 F.B. Harrison is one good reason to make you think otherwise. One of the houses in the aforementioned lot is A-11, designer and tastemaker Eric Paras’ showroom that feature his distinctly elegant-cool metal chairs and cushioned wooden couches. This is also a good place to score one-off statement furnishings slash art, such as Sam Penaso’s wall sculptures, Diesel Living’s Candelabras, and Seletti’s quirky accessories.
Address: See a list of Mandaue Foam branches
With branches from its namesake city Mandaue in Cebu to Shaw Boulevard; Las Piñas to Lipa; Cainta to Cagayan de Oro, Mandaue Foam makes it convenient for anyone to furnish without breaking the bank. They go beyond just foams and offer a wide range of furniture pieces in an assortment of styles for every room in the house. Our picks: the seductive red bar stool (P1,600), the streamlined Nancy sofa (P13,000), and the Jersey Bench in geometric-patterned fabric (P4,300).
If quaint and whimsical furniture in all its romantically distressed or gilded glory is your jam, consider Lucina Home as your mothership. Here you’ll go crazy over their wide assortment of both big-ticket pieces , tabletop accessories, and even lighting fixtures to cop your peg. These are not antiques but new pieces meticulously hand-painted a certain way to achieve the desired effect. They do custom orders in case you have a very specific look—and age—in mind!
Love the look and feel of real wood for your home but unsure about committing to a big piece (or haven’t got enough space)? raw.tura’s range of home décor might be right up your alley. They’ve got interesting pieces like dapper block clocks and hanging planters with leather straps, hexagon serving trays, and cheeseboard with leather handles. These home décor are ready-made, some which are available at the Common Room in Katipunan. Meanwhile, some of their chairs and tables can be bought off the floor at Bungalow 300 in Alabang. Bonus: raw.tura occasionally holds basic and advanced wood carving workshops!
The Old Wood PH
Contact: 0915-663-0476, 0998-994-1204, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Old Wood PH’s handcrafted furniture are not your lola’s muebles. Their bespoke pieces embrace the warm, timeless appeal of hardwood, but also flirt with industrial, modern touches. Take for instance the Felicidad side table with mahogany wood tabletop and glam, delicately handwelded hairpin legs. There’s also the Amparo bench whose solid mahogany wood top is balanced on a hip geometric iron metal base.
Address: CW Home Depot, Ortigas, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue near corner Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City
Contact: 570-4663, email@example.com
If you're into the rustic-chic aesthetic and love warm industrial interiors, Urban Abode is your best bet. From little things like home decor to bigger home pieces like sofas, you'll surely find inspiration to give your home an overhaul. Their new collection "Suburban Reverie" features items that will help you get a tranquil respite right at home. Did we mention that they can also customize furniture according to your needs? Just ask the staff and they'll be glad to help!