You Can Shop Work-From-Home Essentials Made by Local Artists
Stock up on home-office necessities while supporting local brands!
(SPOT.ph) With the pandemic taking its toll on small local businesses, many have taken it upon themselves to support homegrown brands amidst the year-long lockdown, hoping to help Filipino artists, workers, and entrepreneurs keep their lights on. Since the change in our lifestyles has necessitated stocking up on all kinds of new essentials—from face masks to office chairs and everything in between—it's a great time to change your shopping habits and start supporting local businesses. Here's a great place to shop if you're looking to fill your home office with handy essentials made by homegrown brands: Go Lokal!, the Department of Trade and Industry's initiative to give small and medium enterprises resources and a market platform for their products, teamed up with local artist collective Common Room to create Silid, a collection of home and work essentials created and designed by Filipino artists!
Silid was launched on February 26 through a Facebook Live event that showcased the different products up for grabs, described as a line of "tools for tiny spaces." It higlights equipment that can help those who have been cooped up inside trying to work from home and stay sane at the same time—no easy feat. Each piece in the collection sports a distinctly local flair, putting the spotlight on carefully crafted tools with designs that celebrate Filipino culture. Common Room enlisted eight local makers to create over 20 products that encourage both productivity and rest—a necessary balance we all need in these trying times.
Check out some of the WFH essentials you can shop from the Silid collection:
Craft shop Popjunklove, known for their adorable plush toys inspired by fictional characters and pop culture icons, created the Kandong lap cushions for the Silid line and they're perfect for anyone who loves to work all over the house and not necessarily on a desk. It provides a handy tabletop for your laptop or stationery that you can use anywhere from your bed to the couch.
No space is complete without some small decor pieces to give it that personal touch and Cork Room Project's Karatula wall decor, made especially for the Silid line, is perfect for your home office. "Trabaho Muna," reads the piece in decorative text, a reminder that even the most disciplined among us sometimes need.
If you've ever tried getting work done in a messy room or cluttered desk, you know it's a near-maddening experience. Keep your space clean and tidy with these cool organizers by Manila Increation, an architecture and interior design studio known for their clean, modern aesthetic. The organizers they created for the collection will help you keep all your small necessities neatly arranged in one place.
A great home fragrance can instantly lift up your spirits and make your space feel much more relaxing—try this Liwayway reed diffuser from Luna Maia if you want to fill your bedroom or home office with a soothing scent. Trust us, it's little things like this that can really make your day-to-day life much more bearable.
The Mesa side table by home decor brand Rawtura and the Sinop caddies by fabric accessory store Izzo Shop are a match made in WFH heaven, especially for spaces that may be too small to accommodate a large desk. You can keep this small desk tucked neatly next to your bed or couch. The tabletop gives you just enough room your laptop or stationery. Since you probably won't have any extra space on top for storage, you can keep your work necessities in the fabric caddy hanging from the side.
Local illustrator Louise Ramos is known for sketches and graphics that feature delicate drawings of people and landscapes, typically finished off with dainty details and soft colors. For the Silid collection, she created the Takda notepads, featuring her signature style. They're handy for jotting down notes, ideas, or doodles.
The Silid Collection by Common Room is available at the Go Lokal! concept store at G/F, Trade and Industry Building, 361 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.
Look out for this display when you drop by:
For more information, log on to Common Room's Facebook page.
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