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10 Local Furniture and Home Accessories Every Filipino Will Love
Interior designer Nina Santamaria’s top picks for furniture and accessories from local designers.
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Interior designer Nina Santamaria’s top picks for furniture and accessories from local designers.


1. BAMBOO FOREST SOFA by MILO NAVAL


Nobody does bamboo design, innovation, and style better than Milo Naval. I find his furniture style bold and enticing. The proportions are daring, yet through muted colors, he manages to pull everything off elegantly. His shop is one of my go-to places for timeless pieces that anchor a home’s look. omofurniture.ph.

2. LOKI BOOKSHELF by VITO SELMA


This bookcase can be transformed in many ways via detachable shelves. I’ve always believed that it takes the hardest of work to make the simplest of forms, and this bookshelf is an example of this. The design may seem simple but its construction shows refined work by his very skilled workers. Don Sergio Suico Street, New Canduman-Pilit Bridge, Mandaue, Cebu; vitoselma.com.

3. PETIOLE DROPLIGHT by STANLEY RUIZ FOR SCHEMA


Made of hand-sculpted wire around a solid piece of marble, I love how this droplight displays both strength and sophistication. Aside from the quiet beauty of the marble cylinder, interesting shadows from the finely cut metal are cast on the wall when it’s lit. schemaproduct.com.

4. ALTUM


I love how Altum always comes up with something new and exciting, making use of materials that are unexpected while using shapes and colors that are familiar and on-trend. I’ve used its swirly-patterned bowls as sinks in powder rooms. Warehouse 15C, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati; altumconcepts.com.

5. CHEST OF DRAWERS by JB WOODCRAFT


For that show-stopping foyer or dining room piece, I go to JB Woodcraft for its hand-carved, gorgeous, fantastical pieces. The style is reminiscent of naturalistic treatments on giltwood furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s clever how the branches running across it serve as the handles as well. jbwoodcraft.com.

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6. BLING LAMP by GABBY LICHAUCO

Bling is a lighting collection under the brand Spektacularis, designed by Gabby Lichauco, who tapped into the radical spirit of Czech cubism by using diamond and other gem patterns applied via a centuries-old stained glass technique. Produced in the Czech Republic in collaboration with stained glass artist Josef Hlavenka, lighting specialist Filip Houdek, and glass artist Jiri Pacinek, I can see this as a captivating piece in any dining, living, or anteroom. Open Studio, LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air 2, Makati; openstudiomnl.com.

7. BINHI by ITO KISH


An award-winning rattan and aluminum piece by furniture designer Ito Kish, Binhi, meaning “seed,” serves both as a planter and resting place. Life is nurtured in many ways as both plant and human are encouraged to co-exist in a restful, yet interactive state. Available in natural and black finish. itokish.com.

8. ARMCHAIR by ERIC PARAS

A modified wing chair made with a black wood frame and a cushioned seat, I could imagine this as an inviting accent piece in a minimalist or Brutalist-style home.  Anthropometrically right despite the semi-grand scale, the loose back pillow adds comfort to the user. A-11, 2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay.

9. COSMIC HANGING LAMP by LEO SANO


Designed for Locsin International, Seno’s lamp was inspired by the silhouettes created by cosmic energy, similar to how matter moves in our universe.  What is noteworthy about this piece is it is made of heat-treated rattan slats with individual patterns or molds that create the whole form.  It looks best in its raw natural finish, highlighting its fluid and organic form.LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air 2, Makati; locsin.com.

10. CONSOLE TABLE by NIX ALAÑON for PHOENIX HOME


I always love a practical and sturdy console table because it serves many purposes in any space. The fact that the metal base of this one figuratively spells out Phoenix Home's logo is witty and fun twist, and the Italian veined marble top adds a touch of polish and substance to the piece. Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati.

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