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RL Spotlight: Make it Up

Find recycled furniture and personalize your own pieces at this D.I.Y. home accessories shop

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Original Article: Anna Felipe Photography: Louie Aguinaldo Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba

Want to transform your home into a personalized space? Add one-of-a-kind décor or better yet, create your own! Home accessories shop Make It Up will show you how.

According to the store’s marketing head Miguel Aranaz, the store has three main components. First, they upcycle furniture to encourage people to repurpose things instead of throwing them away. Second, they provide materials and tools to foster creativity and the desire to make things. Finally, customers can also collaborate with in-house designers. A client can walk in and consult with the in-house designers to make D.I.Y. projects.

The store is filled with updated knickknacks and appliances from past eras: vintage luggage turned into a tufted chair, antique silverware used as bag hooks, rotary phones converted into smartphone and iPod speakers, and floppy diskettes made into notebook covers. “We source locally, and when we see something interesting, we let our imagination tell us what we can turn it into. It’s like giving a new body and second life to an old soul,” explains industrial designer Mitch Shivers.

The store also has a workshop area where clients can use the laser cut and 3D printing machines to bring their concepts for home accessories to life. “We hold free workshops to teach people how to use the machines. That way, if you have an idea of what you want to make, you don’t have to rely on someone else—say, a carpenter or contractor—to build it for you,” says business partner and industrial designer John Tan.

Read the original article ("Make It Up”) in the July 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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