The first step is getting a place to call your own. The next step, which too many people seem to forget, is to really make it your own. Whether it’s a studio condo or a new house, one always runs the risk of creating a discordant mess with one’s furniture choices. People are often too rash in making decisions in what should take up space in their homes, choosing function over form without realizing that one doesn’t have to choose. There are purveyors out there that happily offer both.
Take Sancal, for example, the Spanish furniture brand that is just starting to make headway locally. Their clean, versatile designs project a sense of thoughtful artfulness, while still being completely useful as furniture.
Take the Tonella, one of Sancal’s collaboration with the Swedish design Studio Note. It’s a Marie Antoinette-style seat updated for modern times. The metallic supports, which are inspired by wine barrels, give the seats a distinct look while providing them with sturdy structure. There is a small armchair form that is petite enough to fit almost anywhere, making it ideal for limited spaces. The larger versions of the Tonella are striking pieces of furniture with soft, inviting lines that announce their comfort. A variety of finishes for the upholstery and the fabric backing give people a variety of design options for their specific needs.
Silla, made in collaboration with the Nadadora design studio, is a set of chairs specifically meant to evoke different eras of 20th century design, reflecting the history of the company itself. One could get a set of chairs that reflects one’s personal aesthetics, or one could potentially mix and match. The chairs share a common base structure, and each style of chair mainly differs with their backs. This makes it possible to own a variety of designs while still maintaining a unified look within the home.
Valencian design studio Mut delivers Duplex, which could be described as a modular table system. One is encouraged to get more than one of these multi-level tables, which come in three differening heights. From there, you can put them together in various configurations that recall the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. And the different tiers provide ample space for the display of objects, such as books, various knick knacks, or your most prized bottle of whisky. Even with just one of these tables, having a second level proves to be a triumph of function, while still offering a unique aesthetic selling point.
And all of these pieces of furniture also come with the added benefit of the brand’s vision of sustainable production. So one can have a home that is both functional and beautiful, and then feel even better about those choices.
Visit the Sancal display at the third floor of MOs Design: B2 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, The Fort Taguig 1634, Metro Manila, Philippines