Having a roof garden on top of our house and a courtyard on our second floor, I’m always on the lookout for great outdoor furniture.
When we first moved into our house in 2003, we tried teak wood furniture. But those rotted in no time at all—a complete waste of money.
So in 2010, I switched to plastic furniture by Magis and Kartell, which suited our modern home.
This was our courtyard and roof garden six years ago.
Choosing outdoor furniture can be very tricky, given our tropical climate, rainy season, and humidity.
Growing up during the ’70s, everyone pretty much had the same kind of white wrought iron furniture, rounded like this, with a matching glass table top. (Photo: Paz Tiongson)
Some had cushions. Check out the lovely leaf tables.
Cute, but they got rusty.
Four decades later, we have more choices with better design and materials—from brands such as Dedon and Moroso. But those can be quite costly.
Now the latest one to enter the Philippine market is called sixinch, brought in by Bigboy Cheng of Uratex, Secret Fresh Gallery, and Ronac Art Center.
Bigboy recently opened a beautiful showroom at Ronac Art Center. Designed by Jagnus Design Studio, the outdoor showroom is impressive in all black with cool airconditioning. Makes me wish I had an empty lot in Tagaytay so I can build something like this.
sixinch was founded in Belgium in 2003 by Pieter Jamart and Michel Sels. The brand’s founders believe that “all creativity lives inside each of us, in that space between our ears—a mere 150 mm wide, or six inches.”
Their vision and mission are simple: sixinch stands for creativity, design, manufacturing and a lot of fun.
We met Michel Sels at the launch last February.
“This is our first outside venture into the furniture business,” said Bigboy Cheng.
“Uratex doesn’t make furniture with wood or metal in it because we don’t want to compete with our local furniture makers. sixinch is perfect for us.”
The brand’s trademark is foam-coated indoor and outdoor furniture that can be bought ready-made or ordered according to one’s specifications. The black pieces are my favorite.
It was Ricky, one of Bigboy’s staff, who found sixinch on the Internet and convinced Bigboy to bring it in.
It was a match made in heaven, because Uratex makes foam, while sixinch buys foam and coats it with color to make the pieces flexible, waterproof, seamless and hygienic.
The furniture can withstand rain and direct sunlight without fading. They are built to last for years. You can clean them with a damp washcloth. The chairs are just perfectly soft with a touch of firmness—perfect for your back.
“We can go to your house or condo, and make the furniture according to the measurements of your place, down to the corners,” said Bigboy.
I can personally attest to the great service Bigboy provides. I ordered the black cliffy bench and got it ten days later. The furniture is priced reasonably, considering you’ll get years and years of use out of them, just like Uratex mattresses.