Each time we drop by a furniture or home accessories shop, we usually just look around, eye and buy pieces that we like, and then head for the door.
With the goal of making this activity a more enjoyable experience, Joseph Tay, Stephanie Coyiuto-Tay, and Dana Uy thought—Why not have a café + bar inside their furniture store? This way, the space will be an “experiential showroom.” In other words, it will not only give their guests a chance to admire the beauty of their designer pieces, it will also give visitors a feel of the Design Story experience.
The trio have been in the furniture business for over a decade. Having finally found the perfect spot for their concept, they opened a showroom for their furniture company Design Story at the very hip The Alley in Karrivin Plaza, Makati. Taking over the spot previously occupied by the art space Bellas Artes, they also put up a design-inspired café + bar in the middle of the showroom which they call Three Squares. It serves an array of comfort food and hot and cold beverages.
The owners wanted the vibe of the showroom to be “bright, charming, and extremely chill,” says Dana. Upon making your way up the stairs to the second floor landing, you’ll be greeted by the iconic flowerpot pendant lights by Verner Panton, one of the most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers.
A big portion of the 350-square meter area of the gallery-style enclave showcases carefully curated designer furniture, light fixtures, and home accessories from four designer brands: Danish brands Hay, &Tradition and Verpan, and the “East-meets-West” Japanese brand Stellar Works.
Dana says the showroom is inspired by her and Stephanie’s museum trips abroad.
At Design Story, meanwhile, guests will not only get to appreciate the furniture setup. They will find out more details about the featured items, the stories and designers behind the pieces, just by scanning the QR codes provided. And while you’re likely visualizing your dream spaces, you could sit back, relax, and enjoy Three Square’s signature dishes: beetroot hummus, smoked salmon toast, roast beef sandwich, and vongole pasta.
The place is open from 10AM till 7PM so if you enjoy a good drink, they offer unique hand-crafted signature coffee and cocktails. Three Squares has a seating area, a bar area, and a private area that can seat 6 to 8 people. The café+bar also serves as a mini showcase of sorts for Design Story’s dining pieces, chairs, and tables by HAY and &Tradition.
“The new concept of Design Story showroom was created with the intention of bringing the design community together, sharing our design stories with them and vice versa,” says Stephanie. “We hope for it to be a haven for people who love to appreciate good design, furniture, food, and drinks.”
Design Story is located at Unit C-11, 2nd floor building C Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, check out www.designstory.com.ph and follow their socials @designstoryph and @threesquarescafebar