Take Con­trol

Yes, you can take the lead when it comes to de­sign­ing your space.

Esquire (Philippines) - - THIS WAY IN - by Clif­ford Olan­day

Your space should har­mo­nize with the way you live.

Men build the nest. Women take care of the flour­ishes. Right? But what if you’re not down with your wife’s ob­ses­sion with Provençal bastides and Pin­ter­est pink? Be­cause your home is yours, its con­fig­u­ra­tion of ta­bles, chairs, and beds should har­mo­nize with how you live and re­flect your taste. It should re­ally look like you (and not just char­ac­ters from a Paul Cézanne paint­ing) live there. With help from Mawen Ong, CEO of MOs De­sign—the fur­ni­ture hub that cel­e­brates a decade of cu­rat­ing di­rec­tional styles from ma­jor league de­sign houses like BoCon­cept and Vi­tra—learn how to fill in the de­tails of your pri­vate spa­ces.

Why you should give a damn about a chair “A man should care about [fur­ni­ture] be­cause how and where he works, eats, and sits can fur­ther de­fine him. Just like his choice of car or shoes, how he sets up his pri­vate space is all about iden­tity and char­ac­ter. There are no right or wrong choices. It’s sim­ply find­ing out what point in his life he is in.”

Men, women, and fur­ni­ture “In our so­ci­ety, I will gen­er­al­ize by say­ing that men leave key de­ci­sions about fur­ni­ture to the pre­dom­i­nant women in their lives. But I be­lieve ev­ery man would like to see their tastes re­al­ized by hav­ing a room all to them­selves, choos­ing what they like to use, or [cre­at­ing] their ver­sion of or­ga­nized chaos.”

What you want “They say, ‘I leave it to them be­cause they know bet­ter, but I pre­fer this if she will agree with me.’ But I no­ticed that when they have free­dom to choose, they are quite de­ci­sive. They know what they want when they see it. I en­coun­tered a man that even came back to [the store] to put a sofa onto his pick up be­cause he didn’t want to wait for the de­liv­ery.”

How you choose “Some style con­fi­dent men re­ally have a good vi­sion of where they’re go­ing with the se­lec­tions. I ad­mire their choices! They have a unique way of putting stuff to­gether. Other men only want a say on an arm­chair as it is what mat­ters to them. They like so­fas with tech­nol­ogy that en­hances their us­abil­ity—like a sofa with Blue­tooth to play mu­sic.”

How the sleepy man chooses “There was this fam­ily that was shop­ping for so­fas and spent an hour check­ing out the dif­fer­ent brands. A man in his fifties [from the group] sat on one of our Natuzzi leather so­fas and soon was fast asleep. An hour later, he was still asleep, snor­ing away. I was quite amused, and I wasn’t sure if we were sup­posed to wake him up. When the group came back to look for him, they haven’t made up their minds. The sleep­ing man woke up and said, ‘This is the sofa I want to buy,’ and it was over!”

Pro­cess­ing sticker shock “The price is equiv­a­lent to the value and make of the fur­ni­ture. If it has a high price tag, there’s a rea­son for it.”

What to do first “Plan the space. Make a fur­ni­ture lay­out. No brands or col­ors or ma­te­ri­als in­volved—just space plan­ning. This is the tough part be­cause plan­ning your space is like plan­ning your life move­ments at home.”

What to do next Fig­ure out your fur­ni­ture re­quire­ments. A sin­gle bed or a large bed? A space for a desk or a large AV setup? How much stor­age do you need? Do you like hav­ing guests over? “This way, you’ll get to see how your life will be af­fected by the space you planned,” she says.

One last tip “Be­ing the cheeky in­ter­vie­wee that I am, I will then sug­gest see­ing us at the MOs De­sign store,” says Ong, who prom­ises to help you find what you want in your bud­get.

MOs De­sign is at 9th Av­enue, Boni­fa­cio High Street, Taguig City

Cool things to know about the CU­PER­TINO DESK : It fea­tures seam­less stor­age, and ac­tor Mads Mikkelsen (aka Han­ni­bal) vouches for it. Cu­per­tino desk by BoCon­cept

“The TOGO SOFA seems to be a fa­vorite among our male clients. Many of them have pur­chased this sculp­tural piece de­signed for loung­ing—and break­ing the ice.” TOGO sofa by Ligne Roset

The dark and soft FENICE BED , says Ong, will make you de­clare: “I chose this for my­self and no one will stop me.” Fenice bed by Natuzzi Italia

With piv­ot­ing arms that can be ad­justed with the light­est of touch, the ANGLEPOISE LAMP pos­sesses per­fect bal­ance. “I see the Esquire man with the Orig­i­nal 1227 lamp be­cause of its in­dus­trial feel and de­sign,” says Ong. “If he has space, it must be the...

“The DU­PLEX TA­BLE comes in three sizes. You can stack these to­gether to make an ar­range­ment of dif­fer­ent lev­els. You can use it as a tray or a cof­fee ta­ble that or­ga­nizes mag­a­zines. It can even pass for an im­promptu bar!” Du­plex ta­bles by San­cal

For sur­faces, con­sider these ALEXAN­DER GIRARD WOODEN DOLLS , whose graphic flour­ishes re­flect the history of de­sign. Alexan­der Girard wooden dolls by Vi­tra

“Own­ing a real WISH­BONE CHAIR sets you apart from the rest. It says, ‘I sup­port de­sign history, en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, and hand­made crafts...’” Wish­bone chair by Carl Hansen & Son

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