Celebrating Life at Home: This Couple is Showing a New Angle to Italian Furnishings - Suite Life

Gerry and Jinky Sy recently opened their new flagship store at Podium.

Intending to make Italian luxury furniture more accessible to the Philippine market, husband-and-wife tandem Gerry and Jinky Sy conceived Opulence Design Concept. With their first store in Connecticut, Mandaluyong the Sys opened their second and flagship boutique at Podium on June 2.  

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Jinky and Gerry Sy.

Originally in the business solutions industry, the couple has always had a knack for interiors. As a result, Gerry and Jinky themselves curate pieces from top luxury brands like Fornasetti, Versace by Rosenthal, Misura Emme, Sambonet, Stosa Cuisine, Thomas, and even Samsung for integrated living solutions.  

Gerry admits that although each label has been producing well-loved products for decades, there’s no sure-fire way to know they’ll be locally marketable. “I decide based on [Jinky’s] opinion if it’s nice or not, and I do the ordering,” he says during the store’s opening event. 

New angle

“But I base it on design, how the market I feel will appreciate. And sometimes it’s trial and error when we have to decide, so we don’t reorder.” 

However, with Opulence, they can open the Philippine market’s eyes to new angles for each heritage brand. For instance, according to Junky, most people only relate flatware to brands like Fornasetti. But by carrying the ’50s Milan-based brand’s lesser-known furniture range, people were surprised but pleased. 

Fornasetti Dresser

At the same time, while Opulence offers Versace’s flatware collections by Rosenthal, they’ll soon be offering Versace furniture and Swarovski dinnerware. 

Beyond carefully-chosen home furnishings, Opulence offers kitchen customization through Stosa Cuisine. Since 1964, the design company has been creating efficiency in home kitchens. Currently, Stosa Cuisine provides 100,000 possible combinations of customizing cooking spaces.

For Gerry and Jinky, the home is the first place we should celebrate life. Now with their new flagship store on Podium’s second level, they invite you for a peek into what Italian home brands have to offer. 

Images courtesy of Opulence Design Concept.

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