Millennial homeowners will get a chance to shop for locally-made furniture pieces and home decors at the Urban Living Collective event on July 30 and 31 at one of the metro’s hippest lifestyle destinations, Capitol Commons. From kitchenwares and bedroom essentials to lighting fixtures and home accessories, shoppers will have a grand time checking out items to jazz up their home with.
"We want to reach a wider range of customers and offer items that believe more on craftsmanship than mass production. We want to impart belief in supporting local artists and artisans, and that creating beautiful spaces can be easy and enjoyable as well," says Nikolette Fraginal of Wheelbarrow Store, one of the participating merchants at the event. The store sells uniquely stylish home linens and accessories.
For Eva Manipol of handcrafted wooden furniture brand Hazo.ph, Urban Living Collective is an opportunity to showcase their products. "Our products are handcrafted by our uncle, who maintains a woodshop. Whenever we visit him, we are in awe of his creations and we decided to market the products to support him. Our products are of good quality and truly fits the Urban Living Collective concept."
"Although Epicenter Lifestyle is slowly emerging in social media, nothing beats face to face interaction with customers through events like Urban Living Collective. We trust that through this event, the company will expand its network and exposure. We think that this is a good platform to great things ahead," furthers Ronan Abear of Epicenter Lifestyle.
Decorating the millennial homeowner's abode
Sporting boho chic style in your home? Make sure to drop by Likhaeria's booth as it offers hand-made Bohemian accessories and home decors. "I joined this event to showcase my talents and products with people who share the same passion for culture and the arts," muses Jeia Merioles.
Another way to style up your home is to install creative, quirky, and mood-enhancing lighting options. Head over to the booths of Lumos by Lighthouse Enterprise and Amber Lights Laguna.
"We offer a luminous way to express yourself through Lumos, a light box, where letter tiles are used to spell out infinite customized messages," quips Nicole Chua of Lumos by Lighthouse Enterprise. Amber Lights Laguna, on the other hand, will showcase premium quality home fragrances such as soy candles, reed diffusers, and other home fragrances that could create the ambience you want.
Bespoke furniture will definitely add character to any space. You can find some at Ylaya Studio, which custom makes furniture, lighting, home accessories, and decors and takes into consideration both form and function.
Growing a garden in the city? Red Slab Pottery's terra cotta pots painted with flat acrylic paint come in geometric angular shapes that are too fancy not to notice. "For homeware pottery, we are also taking the same approach, pushing very ethnic-engraved pottery from Kalinga Apayao up north and Subanon communities down south in Mindanao and giving them modern and geometric shapes. We are also using 'carbonization' in pottery, a technique that gives traditional palayok the black matte finish," explains Eric Sanchez.
Other merchants participating in the Urban Living Collective include The Fur Factory, The Nifty Decorator, Fake Alchemy, Curtains and Blinds by Alnardo's, Bronco Philippines, Anouk Natural Skincare, Gabrienne's Home Accessories and Décor, Home Fabrics Manila, Vitrum Bottles, Mr and Mrs Green, Globe Telecom, Storage Solutions, Interior Motifs Inc, Obranico Arts and Craft, Manmade Woodworx, The Carpenter PH, Wagger Kani Salad, Serbesa Manila, The Coffee Cart by Cafepino, The Birdmen by Vape Pub, Buccino's Ice Cream Experiments, and Wit's Sweets and Savouries.
Urban Living Collective is open to the public from 10 am to 9 pm on July 30 and 31 at Capitol Commons, the new mixed-use space developed by Ortigas & Co., which has fostered food, shopping, and other lifestyle activities since it opened in 2013. Freebies will be available to the first 300 shoppers who will purchase at least P300 from any of the booths. The event is presented by Project 1 MNL and supported by Capitol Commons, Sharetea, OMIZU Beautifying Natural Spring Water, The Linden Suites, Real Living, and WhenInManila.com.