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Merry Modernity

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Words by Bea Faicol

Few things are more exciting than bringing out all that dusty, outdated Christmas décor. The same old department store-bought Christmas tree and ancient wreath that people drag out of storage year after year. If you really want to get into the spirit of Christmas, then bring the good tidings in with décor that reflects as much.

THE START put together a list of striking, state-of-the-art Christmas decorations that are as inspired as the season. From a minimalist manger to a sleek wooden tree, give your Rockwell Primaries home the gift of good design this Christmas.

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1. Collapsible Christmas Tree – Urban Abode

Imagine all the hours wasted on assembling and disassembling tired old Christmas trees that just wind up shedding their plastic leaves? Not the case with Urban Abode’s Jenga-like collapsible Christmas tree, which can add an element of fun and originality to your apartment. Whether you’re outfitting a studio apartment or three-bedroom pad, Urban Abode sells this in varying sizes from ‘2 to ‘8 to fit your spatial requirements.

Unit E, Prime 08-B, CW Home Depot-Ortigas, 1 Dona Julia Vargas, Pasig

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2. Jeweled Mine Collection – Kish

There’s more to the holiday palette than the usual greens and reds. Kish’s Jeweled Mine brings a fierce sort of festivity in with its gloriously gold tableware. With nature-inspired detailing and eye-catching flair, Christmas party conversation might wind up being all about these beautiful Baroque centerpieces.

N. Garcia Street, Bel-Air 2, Makati

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3. Throw Pillows – Rags2Riches

Rags2Riches’s collaboration with noted artist Olivia d’Aboville lets us style our holidays with vibrant reds while thinking green. These eco-friendly throw pillows are fashioned from indigenous fabrics using binakul, a variation of the abel hand weaving done in the Ilocos region. Talk about being thoughtful this season: Rags2Riches’s advocacy is to support and work with our fellow Filipino artisans residing in underprivileged communities in the Philippines.

Kiosk, Glorietta 1, Hotel Drive, Ayala Center, Makati

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4. Modernist Belen – Space Encounters

Calling their new collection the “Boring Holiday Collection,” Space Encounters seems to be redefining what boring actually means these days. If being lackluster meant being extraordinary or fresh, then by all means their modernist Belen wins the trophy for being the most “boring” manger ever.

Unit B Mezzanine Level, Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig

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5. Cranberry Chris Madden Salad Plate – Kitchen Counter

Studies have proven the appetizing nature of the color red, which is great when you’re dumping a salad onto one of these Kitchen Counter plates. At least when you decide to serve something healthy at a holiday potluck, guests will be distracted enough by the dainty design not to judge you for it.

Contact Kitchen Counter at mnlkitchencounter@yahoo.com or 0917-5239604

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6. 13 Lucky Monkey’s Skull Coat Hanger – Heima 

A gothic reindeer hook for your wall is pretty versatile (think perfect for both Halloween and Christmas). If you’re feeling more spunky than merry this holiday season, you can pair it up with their skull pull which is also in their 13 Lucky Monkey collection.

Heima Brixton – Unit 103, Three Brixton Bldg., #3 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig 

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