There’s a new mall at BGC that I’m just waiting for stores to open at.
Luckily for HAY fans like me, Design Story just did at the 3rd level.
It is owned by Dana Uy, Joseph Tay and his wife Stenie Coyuito—the same trio that owns Casa Bella, which houses high-end brands like Moroso, Kettal, Driade, and Santa & Cole.
So furniture-wise, I trust their taste.
Design Story combines two design sensibilities in one convenient space.
It is 70% HAY and 30% Stellar Works.
HAY is a mid-range Danish brand established in 2002—the result of a collaboration between Troels Holch Povlsen, founder of the Bestseller fashion chain, and furniture designer Rolf Hay.
Stellar Works, on the other hand, combines Eastern and Western designs and techniques in its woodcraft, upholstery and leatherwork.
HAY began as a chair company. It’s most popular design, called About A Chair, can be ordered in different finishes, colors and fabrics.
HAY, which promotes the Danish Modern aesthetic, is known for nurturing young design talents and partnering with with established designers.
In 2005, HAY began to produce accessories for the home and office. The accessories, which include paper products, storage solutions, throw pillow cases and quilts, are good entry levels to the brand.
They start in the Php 300 to 500 range for the pens and scissors. The chairs start at around Php 14,000. Couches are priced at around Php 200,000.
Some of my favorite things from HAY are the handy DLM side tables
The tray side tables
Stylist Violet hooks
The luxe pens (they glide) and the golden scissors are great gifts
Some pens look like makeup. They feather pen is my favorite
Iconic trays and mirrors
Mirror coffee tables
Blankets and cushions
If HAY is thoroughly modern, Stellar Works combines classic designs with contemporary sensibilities. The sofas and chairs have a ’70s feel but look closer and you’ll see how the designers have successfully combined old and new. The prices are quite reasonable with the lamps starting at Php 8,000 and chairs at Php 15,000.
Like HAY, Stellar Works is a brand that thrives on collaborations. It has teamed up with American designer and architect David Rockwell and Chinese design pioneers Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu.
Aside from chairs, HAY also has tables, shelves, carpets and other pieces for the home. The brand is also into contract, supplying furniture for restaurants.
“We wanted to offer something different so customers could have more options,” said Dana Uy. According to Dana, they even lend out their furniture to clients to see how the pieces fit in their houses or condominium units.
Visit Design Story at the 3rd floor of Uptown Place Mall, 11th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, call 815-6022 or follow them on Instagram @designstoryinc.