Inside The Luxury Home-Inspired Five-Storey Kuysen Design And Experience Center
In celebration of Kuysen's of 30th anniversary, the hardware store that evolved to become a household name in luxury furnishings recently launched their Kuysen Design and Experience Center, a five-storey, multi-function building in Makati.
The showroom, a first of its kind in the Philippines, was a vision brought to life by esteemed architect and interior designer Ed Calma. With Kuysen being one of the leading sources in luxury home furniture and fixtures, this building was conceptualized with a luxury home in mind. Each spacious floor was maximized well, with areas that beautifully stand out on their own yet are cohesive in composition overall.
“The Kuysen showroom is located along a row of boxy buildings in Jupiter street. This gave me an opportunity to break the line of boxes by splaying the floors of the building into separate forms, allowing Kuysen to define each floor to house a particular brand or product. The curvilinear facade creates a segmented facade of glass of different angles that minimizes direct heat gain into the building,” explains Ed Calma.
Well-curated vignettes lend a distinct character to each floor, much like how one would choose to design a home with consideration for what the dwellers’ personality, lifestyle, and interests are. The areas have different stories to tell and ideas to communicate, but aesthetic wise, they are unified by a consistent dark wood theme present throughout the building.
During the launch, chef Florabel Co-Yatco prepared an irresistibly good, sumptuous dinner for the guests, a feast that was divided into three stations. Chef Miko Aspiras also created very Instagrammable and mouthwatering desserts which gave guests a much-needed sugar rush that kept them energized throught the festivities that night.
Chef Florabel Co-Yatco
Chef Miko Aspiras
Here’s what to expect when you visit the Kuysen Design and Experience Center:
1st floor: Luxe Living
Resembling a massive luxury penthouse suit, the ground floor showcases various areas of the home—from the living room to the bedroom to the walk-in closet. The spotlight is on beautiful furniture pieces from luxury brands such as Porro, Living Divani, Poggenpohl, and Vibia. You'll feel right at home while touring the place, eager to see more with every floor.
2nd floor: Bespoke
The name itself suggests customizable offerings that celebrate individuality and expression and welcome a more personalized approach to design. Using the finest materials, the items here are handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques. Featured brands include Baxter, Ceccotti, Paola Lenti, Vibia, and Gan. The pieces may be customized with leather or fabric that best reflects a homeowner’s taste. As you make up your mind on what to purchase, why not take a break at Kuysen’s lovely, elegant whiskey bar first?
3rd floor: Design Curio
If you’re looking for eccentric and iconic pieces (take note, some of them have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum), this floor proves to be a haven. From furniture with strong Italian heritage to Danish brands that reinterpret modern Scandinavian design, Design Curio is home to brands such as Zanotta, Driade, Saba, Desalto, Muuto, Montana, and Pedrali. In line with their “experience center” concept, a co-working space was incorporated into the showroom to provide architects and interior designers an area conducive for meetings and brainstorming sessions.
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4th floor: Collective
Kitchen and bathroom lifestyle displays dominate this space, zooming in on the latest kitchen appliances and fixtures. It features Kaldewei, Keuco, Victoria Albert, Puntotre, Kessel, Teka, Kuppershbush, Foster, Poggenpohl, Cerim, and Iberro. There are working Poggenpohl kitchens available for clients to try out, as well as demo areas of Kaldewei bathtubs.
5th floor: Designer Bathroom
Welcome to Kuysen’s “Shower World,” where clients are encouraged to try their luxuriously relaxing shower heads firsthand (robes, towels, and toiletries are all provided!). A selection of award-winning design and innovation from industry leaders Hansgrohe, Axor, and Duravit are superbly highlighted here. Book a private test shower now, and indulge in four of Hansgrohe's shower innovations.
Also not to be missed is the “Atmosphere,” Kuysen Design and Experience Center’s roof deck, which offers a 360-degree view of the metropolis. Sit down and relax while you appreciate the Paola Lenti pieces that enhance the space.
Photographs courtesy of Kuysen