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Poliform opens in Makati
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Time flew. Nine years passed by quickly since we moved into our house.
I’m a firm believer in updating, so our house is in constant renovation. There’s always something that needs to be fixed. I’m running out of ideas.
And now that the older boys are in their tweens, they’re no longer using the playroom downstairs. Who would’ve thought a simple iPad would replace all the toys we had amassed since they were little?

Right now we are fixing the roofdeck which has been a problematic source of leaks.
There are termites in one part of the house. Ceiling fans and floors have to be replaced, etc.
Two of the things I really want to change are the closets in our dressing room and our broken kitchen.
Both are falling apart.

Last month, on my way to browse for furniture at the LRI Plaza, I saw this building coming up on Nicanor Garcia Street in Makati.

Poliform

I knew Poliform as an expensive Italian brand online, but have never been inside a showroom.
Luckily my cousin knew the owners. I was invited to a preview before they opened to the public last week.
I found out Ed Calma was behind the showroom design. Aside from Poliform furniture and closets, it also showcases Varenna kitchens.

Poliform

Downstairs are the living room furniture and kitchens

Poliform

The kitchens make me cry because they cost around 6 million to build (read: impossible dream)

Poliform
Varenna kitchens

The kitchens are so beautiful, they were designed for display—as in open kitchens that are trendy now.

Varenna kitchens
Varenna kitchens

We went upstairs and saw expensive beds.

Poliform

I asked about the wooden stool, one of the simplest things I couldn’t afford. I think they said Php 80,000++!

Poliform
Poliform
Poliform

Moving along…it was the closets that really made me want to cry.
Back in 2005, I thought these Philux see-through closets were heaven, even though they look ghostly (read: parang may mumu). The thought of seeing my bag collection behind glass appealed to me.

Glass closet by Philux

Now check out Poliform’s see-through closet!

Poliform

That small section is estimated at Php 900,000! I felt my heart sink as I would need at least three of that to store my current collection. I can’t justify a closet that costs more than my clothes.
They are really gorgeous though, if you can afford it, with other finishes to choose from.

Poliform
Poliform
Poliform

But for me, it’s just a dream to have a closet that looks like a store. And you?

Poliform
Poliform

POLIFORM is at 219 Nicanor Garcia Street, Makati City, Philippines
Tel: +63 2 804.2776 • 804.2778
Email: agchia@poliform.ph

http://www.poliform.it

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lots of crab mentality here. Cant people just be happy that Poliform is present in this country? They did not go here just because they want to. I am sure they studied the Philippine market first before they decided to set up a shop here. Filipinos were ranked 3rd most optimistic consumers in the WORLD recently. Now, if you cant afford it then dont blame those who can afford it or the shop itself for setting up a shop in this country. Yung mga taong nagsasabing “third world” ang Pilipinas are the ones who drag the country down. Puro kasi… Read more »

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 Ms C, I know you can afford these :), as for me, they will remain in my dreams 🙂

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Scandalous prices for the third world. Perhaps a few (overstatement) in this country can afford these, but only those who are stupid or jaded enough will actually pay for it. [Reply]omnesia Reply:October 30th, 2012 at 9:32 PM I wouldn’t judge people who have money, until I’m in their shoes. 🙂 just the same as they shouldn’t judge people who don’t have money! :)) [Reply]Kat the Nomad Reply:October 31st, 2012 at 12:05 AMThree words: Emperor’s New Clothes. 😉 Funny how children’s parables provide more wisdom than most adults who have lost common sense to oblivion. P. S. I wouldn’t judge who has… Read more »

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omnesia

 I wouldn’t judge people who have money, until I’m in their shoes. 🙂 just the same as they shouldn’t judge people who don’t have money! :))

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Three words: Emperor’s New Clothes. 😉 Funny how children’s parables provide more wisdom than most adults who have lost common sense to oblivion.

P. S. I wouldn’t judge who has money and who doesn’t based on their austerity. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. There’s more to life than just having the license to spend. 😉

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retortingjk

Agree! Rich and non-rich people alike should learn a thing or two from Warren Buffett, the low-key, frugal-living billionaire American businessman-philanthropist.

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omnesia

I think the best fable in point is the fox and the sour grapes. :))

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Like I said, don’t judge who has money and who doesn’t based on their austerity. Not everyone with money was raised to spend without thought.

Re: the fable – I agree. You could learn a thing or two from it. 😉

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Sheesh. Buying something expensive makes a person stupid or jaded, even if they can afford it? Provided that the money was honestly earned, who are we to judge how people, even the ridiculously rich, spend their money? And isn’t it the other way around? Aren’t the stupid/jaded ones the people who buy things they can’t afford just to keep up appearances?

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Naturally, most people will justify whatever reason is convenient for them — no matter how callous or impetuous. ’nuff said. Social climbers are an entirely different story altogether.

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Those photos remind me of the interiors I see whenever I watch the show “Grand Designs.” Ms. C, you should see that show, if you haven’t yet. Most of the owners they feature are into eco-friendly//sustainable designs like grass roofs or renovating old water towers (can you imagine living in an old 7-floor water tower?) and engine rooms. It’s a British production so the houses they show are mostly based there but they also show houses built abroad (owned by Britons). 

There were houses hat featured glass walls in the bedrooms that turned opaque with a switch. Galing for privacy! 

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With those expensive brands coming in the country, i wonder who can afford them?

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omnesia Reply:

 If it’s there, there’s a demand for them. It’s just not us 🙂 and it doesn’t mean that market doesn’t exist just because we can’t imagine it :))

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omnesia

 If it’s there, there’s a demand for them. It’s just not us 🙂 and it doesn’t mean that market doesn’t exist just because we can’t imagine it :))

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literarybulimia

Story of my life.

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retortingjk

What we do, when we want something so beautifully designed, furniture-wise, but we can’t afford it or we’re not willing to spend such a high amount for it: We (pretend you’re not reading the next lines) “imitate” the design and ask skilled and trusted furniture builders to recreate the pieces for us.

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jocelyn ang Reply:

Yes, that’s a great idea.  You’d probably save about 80% from the local reliable furniture maker, esp the kitchen.  If you are not going to cook yourself, sayang naman if you have the cook use it tapos hindi pa iniingat sa paggamit. 

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Yes, that’s a great idea.  You’d probably save about 80% from the local reliable furniture maker, esp the kitchen.  If you are not going to cook yourself, sayang naman if you have the cook use it tapos hindi pa iniingat sa paggamit. 

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Baka if you give your closets a fresh wash of paint, they’ll look updated. I’m thinking of changing my closet doors to mirrors. Our closet now is a dark wood finish. It looks like it’s eating up the entire room. Tapos nanalo pa ako ng Ethan Allen bed (thank you for helping me campaign!!!) so the nice bed + the pangit closet = weird and unbalanced bedroom. 

Ang mahal naman ng Poliform. Hanggang BoConcept lang kami! 

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CVS Reply:

My nine-year-old BoConcept closets are falling apart. No paint can save it :{

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OMG hindi ako pwede ng see-through closets. Vince will see the shopping I hide from him LOL

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Isa

Napangiti ako when you said you can’t afford them because somehow i know you can. (sorry, feeling close). :))

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CVS Reply:

lol. i really can’t 🙂

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omnesia

Really sorry Cecile (but also glad at the same time) that you woke up from that 2005 dream of a closet!! The construction… the design… it’s, uh… how shall I say it? It looks modern all right… a modern aparador. Hahaha sorry! No offense to Philux too, they make outstanding furniture. Maybe not just closets, because the way to go is modular and not too heavily wooden. (And no offense because Stephanie Kienle is hot also, hehe)   [Reply]CVS Reply:October 30th, 2012 at 1:17 AM2005 wala masyadong choice dito 🙂 [Reply]omnesia Reply:October 30th, 2012 at 9:30 PMIn fairness. 2005 seems… Read more »

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Chinabird

Ms C,hanap nalang ng uber galing na karpintero magagawa din yang closet mo!goodluck,,i wish i could also have closets and stuff like these.sabi mo nga,impossible dream,,hehehehe

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