Beautiful treasures

Alexis Yap
Lex in the city

I REALLY do have a thing for character furniture pieces. Some of mine were acquired from my travels, while some were actual exhibit pieces from furniture expos here and there. In my recent visit to my dermatologist Dr. Malinda Vasquez at The Greenery in Mabolo, I discovered this treasure of a shop that sells the most beautiful things from all over the world.

This place is called Old Meets New. Located on the 3rd floor, this shop only recently opened at The Greenery. What really caught my attention were the vintage-looking Asian cupboards and cabinets that managed to call out to me as I was just walking by.

The moment I entered, I knew I was going to take a while. The owner, May Tio, just happened to be the wife of my high school classmate Seth Tio who was so excited to tell me about all the pieces at her showroom acquired from their travels all over the world. So many beautiful things, but here’s a list of my top five dream pieces at the shop, in no particular order.

Antique Lamp Chandelier

Handpicked from an old ancestral home in Zhejiang province, this piece that is over eight decades old, consists of old lamps attached to a wood-carved base. The carving is believed to be made by Donggyang woodcarvers, natives of Zhejiang.

Vintage Console Table

This classic piece from the 1960s was hand-picked from Tianjin in China. It’s avocado color is just perfect! It will make an incredible accent piece in my room.

Vintage Deer Antlers Chandelier

This stunning piece made with real antlers attached to antique wood weighs about 50 kilograms and was hand-picked and bought by the owners from a small town in Austria.

Vintage Mini Medicine Cabinet

This elegant and classy piece caught my eye right away. Handpicked from Tianjin China, this piece has nine multifunctional drawers accentuated with old Chinese coins.

Murano Wine Set

Bought from the Original Murano Glass store in Italy in May 2015, this set is handmade and hand painted. This glass work technique is referred to by the Italians as “Millifiore” which means a thousand distinctive floral designs.

Old Meets New is a showroom of inspiring pieces from all over the world handpicked by the owner herself. They closed their store’s other location to transfer at The Greenery, a more accessible location with a lot of parking.

I’m glad they did.

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