The Esquire Guide to Furniture Shopping
A man’s home is his castle and he should be able to decorate it as he sees fit. But as there are many different styles of castles—from fortress-like to one straight out of a fairytale, so does a man’s taste in design. Does he like sleek Scandinavian or is he more inclined to local wood work? We asked Rachelle Medina, editor-in-chief of Real Living, for leads on where to source the right accents to create the right pad.
Are you a leather guy? Look for your one true love at Natuzzi.
Guys tend to like leather and a leather sofa is usually the first furniture piece they'd buy. Natuzzi is a premium leather furniture brand men should invest in after they're done with the "bachelor crash pad" phase. Their Re-vive collection is a step above the usual recliner chair, and the pieces are beautiful as well.
Available at Mos design showroom and selected Wilcon depots
Stellar Works speaks Modern-Industrial.
This is the brand to hit if you're looking for something industrial but not too raw. Stellar Works pieces have that modern-industrial look as they use a lot of wood and textured metals, but the craftsmanship is very fine and excellent, and superstar designers like Neri and Hu design them. Their chairs are especially noteworthy.
Available at Designstory at Uptown Mall
If your spirit animal is Don Draper, stride towards CWC for Midcentury Modern Icons.
CWC is the official distributor of Vitra and Herman Miller items and is the best supplier to go to if you're a fan of Midcentury modern-iconic furniture. They carry the Eames lounge chair and ottoman—definitely the ultimate guy-pad investment piece!
CWC is at G/F W Building, 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
When you’re keen on showing some love for local pieces, Vito Selma is your guy.
Cebu-based, internationally renowned furniture designer Vito Selma creates pieces that would be great for men who are thinking of getting modern tropical pieces by Filipino designers. You see, designer pieces do tend to be a little flamboyant and "out there" but Vito's designs have a sleek and clean aesthetic, that are also thoughtfully designed, like his classic Hanako table, which is a coffee table that can become a console table when turned on its end.
BoConcept does sleek Scandinavian so well.
BoConcept is a Danish brand that's great for guys who want to incorporate a high-end brand into their existing pieces. Their furniture’s sleek, Scandinavian lines make it easy to blend into most modern styles.
BoConcept is at MOs Design Building, B2, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave, Taguig City.