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Shop of the Week: Gus* Modern

Gus* and Blu Dot pieces share the spotlight in this Greenhills showroom

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar

A little over a year after opening the Gus* showroom in Makati, entrepreneur couple Anne and Alvin Young didn’t just put up another branch, but brought in another exciting brand as well.

“We brought Blu Dot to the Philippines to add a fresh new line of modern furniture that would complement our current line. The pieces mix well and look good together (with Gus*),” says Anne.

While the Canadian label Gus* is known for its eco-friendly furniture pieces that highlight natural finishes and modern-organic forms, Blu Dot from the United States boasts hip, smart designs that mostly appeal to young urbanites.With the modern style as the common thread, the two brands delightfully coexist at the crisp and airy two-storey Design Pod in Greenhills designed by interior designer Van Acuña.

Breeze through Design Pod’s range of trusty couches, such as the Spencer Sofa with blind tufted seat and the mid-century-inspired Carter Sectional Sofa from Gus*; chairs and stools in solid, punchy colors, like Blu Dot’s Real Good Chair in aqua and Gus*’s Pawn Stool in endlessly happy yellow; and functional pieces with witty twists, like the Prairie Nesting Tables from Gus*, which feature the shapes of the three Canadian prairie towns. If you’re looking to shop for finishing touches, consider Blu Dot’s Watt Table Lamp and the down feather throw pillows from Gus*.

Read the original article ("Design Pod") in the April 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Chalkboard Wall

The ground floor of the showroom has a clean, minimalist feel. The space is defined with a chalkboard wall. 

Living Area

In this showroom, interior designer Van Acuna chose to complement the modern furniture with wood planks. The wood details make the space feel warm and inviting. 

Dining Area

The clean, streamlined furniture pieces from Gus* and Blu Dot can update the look of any home.

Blu Dot

The gray L-shaped sectional sofa from Blu Dot stands out against the white brick wall.

Another wall on the second floor is spruced up with cityscape art.

Shop Info

59 Connecticut St., Greenhills, San Juan
Store Hours:
10 AM to 8 PM
(02) 940 9580, 966 6451; Mobile 0917 811 9394

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