Kuysen Design and Experience Center, a five-storey, multi-function building opened its doors to guests last Feb. 21. It is a showroom that is the first of its kind in the Philippines.
Kuysen, one of the leading source in luxury home furniture and fixtures, promises an experience beyond the ordinary. The single-day event treated guests to an experience that indulged the senses in celebration of Kuysen’s 30th year in the industry.
The impressive fixtures and sheer massive space of the showroom were brought to life by the hands of esteemed architect and interior designer, Ed Calma. This is the first showroom that he designed as a luxury home.
When it comes to designing a living space, Calma considers making the space unique to the users by incorporating elements such as use of materials and expressing them in a different way. He demonstrated this uniqueness by adding the signature Ed Calma touch to each specialized floor of the Kuysen Design and Experience Center.
“The Kuysen showroom is located along a row of boxy buildings in Jupiter Street. This gave me an opportunity to break the line of boxes by splaying the floors of the building into separate forms allowing Kuysen to define each floor to house a particular brand or product. The curvilinear facade creates a segmented facade of glass of different angles that minimizes direct heat gain into the building,” Calma said.
Calma used hierarchy for the form, materials, and color to unify the internal and external elements in a design. The key, he said, is to have a dominant element to which all other aspects have to be subservient. Doing so will ensure all elements will fall into place and make sense as a whole, thereby creating a beautiful, well-curated space.
All floors were furnished with a consistent theme of dark wood that brings the whole building design together. The architectural interior fit out products such as sliding doors and hardware which were intended to increase the spatial experience of the showroom.
Indeed, nothing brings out luxury more than the Kuysen Design and Experience Center. This showroom is breathtaking. Upon entering, one will be in awe of the beautiful furniture that is settled on perfect spots in the massive room.
The ground floor, called LuxeLiving, features a Kuysen curated space that allows clients to visualize an actual living area with the selection of luxury brands such as Porro, Living Divani, Poggenpohl and Vibia. These brands make LuxeLiving worthy of its name.
The second floor is devoted to customizable furniture that inspires individuality where an elegant whiskey bar can also be found. It is called Bespoke as it celebrates individuality and expression of oneself. One can create expressive furniture reflecting their own personal taste and lifestyle. One can go from eclectic to contemporary by simply selecting from the leather and fabric collection. The items are handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques. Each item is handmade using the finest materials in the world. Brands such as Baxter, Ceccotti, Paola Lenti, Vibia and Gan found in this floor represent longevity of distinct aesthetic that Kuysen is known for.
Heading up the stairs of the showroom leads to Design Curio where designs are eccentric and offer aesthetic value that goes beyond the mind. From furniture with strong Italian heritage to Danish brands that gives new light to modern Scandinavian design, one can choose from iconic pieces of Zanotta, Driade, Saba, Desalto, Muuto, Montana, and Pedrali. Some of these pieces were even shown on display at the Metropolitan Museum.
Drawing inspiration from the furniture pieces in this floor, architects and designers will be pleased to have a co-working space they can use to make urgent revisions or simply come up with an entirely new design on their own.
Next is The Collective floor which showcases kitchen and bathroom lifestyle displays as well as other complementary products from Kaldewei, Keuco, Victoria Albert, Puntotre, Kessel, Teka, Kuppershbush, Foster, Poggenpohl, Cerim, and Iberro. Visitors can even test any of the working Poggenpohl kitchens in place. It is furnished with gorgeous finishes, latest appliances and fixtures from Europe.
The floor also highlights demo areas of Kaldewei bathtubs of superior quality and unmistakable style, with shower surface, bathtub and washbasin made completely of enamel steel material.
After going through those displays, one can proceed to the Designer Bathroom where a selection of award-winning design and innovation from industry leaders Handsgrohe, Axor, and Duravit can be found. Robes, towels and toiletries are all provided for those who want to feel the luxuriously relaxing shower heads firsthand. One can book a private test shower and indulge with the pleasure of four of Hansgrohe’s shower innovations. True to the Kuysen brand, the showers exhibit creative design and seamless integration of superior function.
Visit the relaxing space of the roof deck called the Atmosphere which offers a 360-degree view of the metropolis that can be enjoyed while surrounded by playful colors, textures and shapes only Paola Lenti pieces can offer.
It is truly a treat of the senses, an unparalleled luxury that is only Kuysen.