The shape of things to come
Kuysen Enterprise, Inc. celebrates a new milestone with its latest five-storey showroom in Makati City.
March 6, 2019
Written by Roumel Itum
Photo from Kuysen
What began as a small venture in Caloocan in 1989 started by Mr. Kuysen Go has now become synonymous with magnificent spaces perfect for those with the most discerning tastes. In the celebration of its 30th year in the industry, Kuysen Enterprise, Inc., with its president and general manager Jensen Go, recently opened its Design and Experience Center—a five-storey, multi-function building and showroom designed by architect and interior designer Ed Calma. The edifice houses all of the luxury home furniture and fixture brands distributed by Kuysen under one immersive and interactive environment.
The Kuysen Design and Experience Center is the first showroom Calma designed as a luxury home. Known for his penchant to make spaces unique by incorporating usual materials and expressing them in a different way, this new addition to his stellar roster of structures is also a testament to his signature style. “The Kuysen showroom is located along a row of boxy buildings along 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,” he says. “The curvilinear façade creates a segmented facade of glass of different angles that minimizes direct heat gain into the building,” he continues.
Calma uses hierarchy for the form, materials, and color to unify the internal and external elements in a design. The key, according to him, 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.
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, and Poggenpohl.
Meanwhile, the second floor celebrates individuality and creative expression, with brands such as Baxter, Ceccotti, Paola Lenti, Vibia, and Gan. Aptly called Bespoke, it is devoted to customizable furniture pieces that are handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques. Each item uses the finest materials in the world.
Further up leads to Design Curio—where designs are eccentric and offer aesthetic value that goes beyond the mind. From Italian heritage to modern Scandinavian design, the entire floor is dedicated to a European flair perfect for those with the most distinct taste. Iconic pieces of Zanotta, Driade, Saba, Desalto, Muuto, Montana, and Pedrali are on display to be appreciated. Some of these are pieces were even shown on display at the Metropolitan Museum.
The Collective floor showcases kitchen and bathroom lifestyle products from Kaldewei, Keuco, Victoria Albert, Puntotre, Kessel, Teka, Kuppershbush, Foster, Poggenpohl, Cerim, and Iberro. The floor is also equipped with Poggenpohl working kitchens furnished with gorgeous finishes, and installed with the latest appliances and fixtures. Meanwhile, the Designer Bathroom holds a selection of award-winning design and innovation from industry leaders such as Hansgrohe, Axor, and Duravit. Rounding off the modern appeal of the edifice is the relaxing roof deck called the Atmosphere, made more lavish and inviting with Paola Lenti outdoor furniture pieces.