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Habitat opens at The Fort, Part 1
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I feel bad that I just finished furnishing my home office recently. Can’t tell you how many furniture stores I went to before settling on the same couch I already have at my office office (I bought the same couch twice!). That’s because of the lack of choices in Manila.
I feel bad I don’t have anything to furnish at the moment, because the most wonderful home store just opened at Bonifacio Global City.

Habitat opens at BGC

The store is called Habitat, started in 1964 by a young designer named Terence Conran, who opened the first Habitat store in London. His goal: to revolutionize how people live.
He despised the dark colored (wenge?) bulky furniture that dominated homes in the ’60s and wanted to create a store where people could buy furniture and home accessories freely. He also wanted music in the store, which wasn’t done in those days.

Sir Terence Conran
Terence Conran back in the day

Sir Terence Conran
Sir Terence Conran in 2010

Five years later, Habitat had expanded to nine stores. In 1973, the company branched out to France.
Queen Elizabeth II knighted Sir Terence Conran in 1984 and in 1992, Habitat was sold to the Kamprad family, founders of IKEA.
In 2011, Habitat was acquired by CAFOM, a French company, which also created the new Habitat Design Studio.
Last October 16, Habitat opened at the 3rd level of the Abenson building in Bonifacio Global City.

Habitat opens at BGC

During the last couple of years, we’ve had some of the best home stores opening in Manila, but none have made me as excited as this one. When I visited the 1,500 square-meter store, I was instantly blown away with the prices and selection.
Having shopped at Conran’s New York as a college student in the ’90s and having visited The Conran Shop in Tokyo recently, I couldn’t believe we now have this in Manila.

Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC

I mean I could’ve bought this bookshelf when I was looking for one

Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC

Check out the cute side table/stash cabinet

Habitat opens at BGC

All the kitchen stuff you need

Habitat opens at BGC

Lots of sofas to choose from in many sizes and chuva-approved shades, fabrics, and prices.

Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC

Love the daybeds

Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC

This one converts to a single bed in one swoop

Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC

Comfy lounging chair

Habitat opens at BGC

I had to buy something, so I got the stool 🙂

Habitat opens at BGC

In keeping with Habitat tradition, almost all the wood used in the furniture is light colored, such as oak and walnut. Love the storage cabinet for your shoes, bags, books…

Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC

The shelves

Habitat opens at BGC
Habitat opens at BGC

I love coffee tables where you can put books and magazines for guests

Habitat opens at BGC

The minibar

Habitat opens at BGC

Little writing desk

Habitat opens at BGC

But wait, there’s more…. (To be continued)

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cbj

We’re just as in love with Habitat as we’ve been there twice since they open and didn’t leave empty handed. 🙂

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