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This New Brand Carries Some Of The Best Names In Luxury Italian Furniture

Casanuova has blazed a name for representing a particular niche of Italian luxury furniture brands

Give credit where credit is due. Venus Tan-Ngu and her Casanuova team have given the more forward-looking and upscale furniture brands of Italy a home here in Manila. Discerning homeowners should rejoice.

It’s not often that we find a well-appointed home turned inside-out, and converted into a living space showroom. Very few have the resources to create that scenario, but when it’s been done right (I recall one that used to exist on McKinley Road across San Antonio Plaza), it certainly is one of the most effective ways to showcase your lines and merchandise, because they’re in a living, breathing medium as opposed to some conventional showroom.

Venus and her team recently went beyond their official BGC showroom at W Fifth, and converted a Dasmariñas Village address into such a exhibition space. A number of her Italian principals had flown in for the occasion of its launch. Casanuova, in its two years of existence, has blazed a name for representing a particular niche of Italian luxury furniture brands. The brands and companies carried by Casanuova are at the cutting-edge, where function and design go hand-in-hand to produce the most innovative items.

Venus Tan-Ngu

Currently, the brands represented by Casanuova would form the top echelon of those who annually make waves at the Salone di Mobile in Milan. There’s Albed, known for their modern aluminium applications and products that not only speak of function and design but also emotion. Bonaldo is all about sofa beds and convertible sofas, and they work with high-profile designers like Karim Rashid; they are best known for their iconic Big Table.

Edra produces furniture known for their tactile and emotional impact; the Baghdad coffee table is one of their signature creations. Nomon isn’t Italian but Spanish, a Barcelona-based company, highly regarded for their extraordinary wall clocks.

For sofa and armchairs, there are Vibieffe and Meridiani. Hailing from Venice, there is Studio Italia Design for lighting fixtures.

The pictures here can go some way in showing you the design philosophy behind the brands carried by Casanuova; but to see, feel, touch, and explore these pieces first-hand would be necessary to fully understand what they're offering, and appreciate why they’re markedly different from the other luxury brands already represented here in the Philippines.

In a very selective manner, Venus has assembled the brands she represents here in the Philippines, and they’re all that should make the discriminating architects and the very elegant homeowners break out in a chorus of Hosannas. If in the past, one had to travel to Hong Kong or Singapore to acquire these brands, and personally arrange for their shipments here, it’s good to know that Casanuova is now more than ready to be of service to Filipinos.

Photographs by Philip Cu-Unjieng