Real Living (Philippines) - - Shops Of The Month -

When pop­u­lar Euro­pean home store brand Habi­tat opened its doors to its show­room last Oc­to­ber, there was nei­ther loud mu­sic or for­mal pro­gram de­tail­ing its rich his­tory. It was just a laid­back af­fair that echoes the brand’s iden­tity. “We’re su­per ca­sual. We’ll al­ways be su­per ca­sual ev­ery day any­way, so it’s bet­ter to in­tro­duce it to peo­ple that way,” ex­plains mar­ket­ing man­ager Mundi Ocampo, to which gen­eral man­ager Mark Zwolfer adds, “It’s not in­tim­i­dat­ing. You just leisurely walk around, see the prod­uct. It’s a fun place.”

Oc­cu­py­ing a spa­cious floor on the third level of the Aben­son build­ing in Boni­fa­cio Global City, Habi­tat en­tices you to take a ca­sual stroll as you browse the var­i­ous items on dis­play. One end of the floor houses bed frames and mat­tresses swathed in nat­u­ral light, thanks to the floor- to- ceil­ing win­dows. Op­po­site this are liv­ing and din­ing room set­ups that are also awash in nat­u­ral light. There are also home dec­o­rat­ing must-haves grouped ac­cord­ing to pur­pose: lamps and light­ing pieces, most of which are un­usual in form, oc­cupy a nook; kitchen­ware—from plates to cut­ting boards to tea in­fusers— are neatly stacked on shelves; a cor­ner ad­ja­cent to the cashier car­ries plush throw pil­lows be­side rows of home scents en­cased in can­dy­col­ored glass bot­tles. The va­ri­ety read­ily af­fords you the lux­ury of choice.

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