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Hi.

My name is JJ.Acuna, aka. "TheWanderlister". I am an Architect and Interior Designer and founder of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio. Ive been the author of this blog for about 8 years running. Check back with us to read about all the great things happening in Hong Kong and the Asian region at large.

theW+ Design: Guava Sketches / Manila

theW+ Design: Guava Sketches / Manila

Brave entrepreneurs, Joan and Jennifer Cantemprante, saw a corner shopfront in Manila's chic Greenbelt complex, and knew immediately that they needed to set up a permanent shop there. Today, the shop- dubbed Guava Sketches (@guavasketches), is a design store filled with primarily Scandinavian and other European brands, uncompromising in  its focused curation and higher end price position- which is rare for the Philippines.

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Most notably on offer are gorgeous lighting pieces by House Doctor Denmark (@housedoctordk) and the arrestingly humongous, 70x50cm large, Plethora Magazine (@plethora_magazine), an art magazine printed bi-annually in Copenhagen- and at around 200 USD per issue, it's definitely a piece worth showing off in the living room.

Part stationary, magazine, and gift shop, part homewares, and part furniture gallery with a tight array of fashion pieces by local designers hanging on two racks,  Guava Sketches is a design-fiend's dream with a very specific aesthetic focus. It's not too cutesy that it would turn off the adults, but it's not too elevated that it loses the funk and fun- just playing somewhere in a happy middle. The price points are not casual- making every purchase a considered investment as opposed to cheap decorative clutter. Also look out for the non-European offers, furniture by Manila's E.Muro (@e.murio), and ceramics by Tokyo's IFJ (@ifj.tradings)- as well as books and T-Shirts by London and New York's IDEA (@idea.ltd).

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This blog post was made possible with the Camera, Photo, and SquareSpace apps, all on the iPhone X.

VISIT Guava Sketches . GF, Greenbelt 3, Makati, Philippines . W: http://www.guavasketches.com

JJ.

 

theW+ Design: Tendo and Ishinomaki Furnitures At Galleon Home / Hong Kong

theW+ Design: Tendo and Ishinomaki Furnitures At Galleon Home / Hong Kong