Tasteful and classy was my first impression when I espied the furniture pieces at Commune, the furniture and lifestyle brand from Singapore that just opened at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.
There’s also another word that comes to mind: “pang mayaman!” Which probably explains the price tag of an end table in solid American oak – P35,990 or roughly US$800.
Well, some people can be rich and yet tacky or flamboyant in their choices.When you have the wallet power, there’s an easy tendency to show off although the wise thing to do is to keep a low profile and let what you have speak for itself.
Commune furniture are what you call examples of quiet sophistication. They are designed to be functional and yet have timeless appeal. The style may be retro, Scandinavian, industrial or mid-century modern but the common denominator is the thoughtful craftsmanship that comes with each piece.The dominant material is ethically sourced American wood which probably explains the slightly expensive price tag, but still kept within affordable range.
“We focus on wood furniture, minimizing lead and formaldehyde content in our production for environmental safety purposes, as well as focus on natural materials that are friendly to the environment,” said Gan Shee Wen, Commune’s sales and marketing director.
Audrey Ngui, who brought Commune to the Philippines, said they chose the brand because the quality is superior and the pieces would be perfect for the increasing number of condominiums and apartments in the Philippines. When space is a premium, there is more need for all the pieces to fit.
Ngui pointed out that Commune introduces only one to two new collections every year but bestselling, in-demand products are put on sale for a longer time.
Interested buyers are encouraged to use the in-store 3D interior planning and visualization service so they can see their dream home designed with Commune furniture even before they decide to make a purchase.
The home fragrance store and coffeeshop inside Commune at Level 6 of Shang-ri La East Wing also provides a cozy atmosphere for friends and family to gather.
For more information, visit the official website at http://www.thecommunelife.com or @communehomeph on Facebook and @communehome_official on Instagram