Our rainy Saturday last weekend was spent visiting two new creative spots in Manila.
We first headed to New Manila in Quezon City to check out 10A Alabama St., an old bungalow which is now home to three creative spaces: the showroom of Resurrection Furniture & Found Objects Gallery, the art gallery of RAW, and the tea bar of Hausbesetzer Laboratory.
Architect Leah Sanchez and interior designer Binggoy de Ocampo, both from UP Diliman, are the creative minds behind eco-friendly Resurrection Furniture. True to their store’s name, the two designers give a new life to “dead” objects—old and damaged furniture, salvaged wood, and “junk” of all sorts—by refurbishing them back to life or upcycling them into new functional pieces. I admire them for seeing the beauty in the things that many would consider ugly or garbage.
We love the wood dining chairs, the console table made from unfinished salvaged wood, the white armchairs, and the card catalog. Oh, I want the card catalogue!
Aside from furniture, lighting and small decorative objects, the shop also has a collection of small sculptural pieces by artist Ling Quisumbing. The pieces are mostly an assemblage of found objects such as used pencils and scrap wood.
Even their price tags and calling cards are upcycled. They are made from old library catalog cards. Their calling card even has a note encouraging the person to find another use for it, maybe as a bookmark or even as a greeting card.
Tomorrow, we’ll be sharing the rest of 10A Alabama St. with Robert Alejandro’s RAW art gallery and Jetro Rafael’s Hausbesetzer Laboratory.
Tags: conscious living, furniture, green
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