Building & Renovating

5 Reasons to Visit Design Story

Step into a wonderland of finely crafted furniture, must-have accessories, and other noteworthy picks

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua and HAY

If you think about it, building a dream home is like reading a good book or watching a movie. You start dealing with the teeny tiny details, you wait for everything to come together, and then, when the time is right, you’ll see it come to its beautiful conclusion. Whether you’ve recently decided to work on your home project or looking into renovating your space with new pieces, you can find just the perfect leading roles at Design Story.

In photo: Mags Soft Sofa by HAY

1. Shop for furniture and accessories by Danish brand HAY.

From their first concept store-in-store in Ortigas, the famous brand now has a new home—with a wider selection of pieces—all promising quality and an aesthetic that can blend with any interior style. Although known for its Scandinavian appeal, clean lines, and contemporary look, HAY also brings forward versatility as seen in its furniture and accessories. "The pieces are suited to most interior design concepts," shares Joseph Tay, managing director of HAY.

In photo: The Slit Table family by HAY

Sleek, stylish, and can fit in any home, HAY's product line covers decorative pieces, kitchenware, storage, accessories, and a wide array of options for chairs and tables. You can delightfully mix-and-match different styles to create a charming setup in your home.

In photo: Copenhague Chair by HAY

2. Check out the all-star lineup of Stellar Works.

After reviewing the pieces offered by HAY, take a quick break, then come back to review the ones from Stellar Works. 

In photo: The QT Coffee Table, the Chillax Sofa, the Lunar Dining Chair, and the Kyoto Floor Lamp from Stellar Works

Occupying almost half of the space at Design Story, Stellar Works started in 2008—initially offering pieces to the hospitality market. The brand soon grew and after three years, it was launched as a designers' collection brand. The rest, as they say, is history. Aside from catering to an international market, it also supports and promotes different cultures and takes on design.

“It celebrates the poetry of Japanese aesthetics, the richness of Chinese ornamentation, the playfulness of Italian design, the refinement of French luxury, and the democratic values of Scandinavian living,” shares Dana Uy, managing director of Design Story.

True enough, you can marvel at the craftsmanship of a Japanese-inspired lantern floor lamp at one turn then at the beauty of Scandinavian-inspired seating pieces a few minutes after—it's like going on an adventure around the world!

In photo: Utility Arm Chair from Stellar Works

3. Find pieces that speak of your personality.

Our homes should reflect our lifestyle, favorites, and the things we love. At Design Story, you have the freedom to choose items that would complete your own tale. Whether you're completing a new house or sprucing up a tiny corner, you'll find a piece to take home at the store.

In photo: The Piano Chair from Design Story

4. Score must-haves that can fit in big or small spaces.

Shopping for furniture requires extra effort as you need to measure areas and check the dimensions of the piece you're eyeing. A chair can look lost in a living area, while a table may end up being too wide for a compact dining nook. Both HAY and Stellar Works have pieces that can fit in condo units, townhouses, and multi-storey homes. Take your time and feel free to talk to store attendants if you have questions.

In photo: Lunar Side Table from Stellar Works

5. It brings international favorites closer to home.

When HAY first opened a showroom in Manila, a lot were excited as they no longer had to order the pieces they want from abroad. At Design Story, famous collections, iconic chairs, and even sought-after accessories can be yours minus months of waiting. Simply drop by the showroom, check out the pieces, and make a final decision as to which piece will complete your home's narrative.

Design Story is located at 3/F, Uptown Mall, 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information and updates, follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Read more about HAY and Stellar Works in the September 2015 and July 2016 issues of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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