When MOs Design opened ten years ago, it was envisioned as an intersection for different design cultures and histories. It was also among a handful of shops in a new retail center, making the endeavor to become the definitive source for design feel like a leap into the void. “We didn’t know what it will be like out there, but we took the plunge and did our best to make our little emporium of brands work,” says Marlene Ong, CEO of Megamax Concepts.
In its first year, that little emporium brought in the highly customizable furniture of BoConcept and the many wonderful interpretations of leather sofas of Natuzzi Italia. With these, MOs Design announced its alignment with design that balances ease and function with out-of-the-ordinary expression.
The arrival of Vitra brought important pieces like the Wiggle chair, La Chaise, and the Alcove sofa so much closer to furniture fans. It was a dream come true for the company who also wanted to serve as platform for learning about design. “Our confidence in our main brands is strong because they contribute to the history, culture, and development of design thinking,” says Ong.
In the next years, more design greats arrived: Ligne Roset and the Ploum couch, Carl Hansen & Søn and the Wishbone chair, Tom Dixon and the Etch pendant light, and Anglepoise and the Original 1227 desk lamp. MOs Design’s lonely garden of furniture slowly transformed into a forest of beautiful objects.
Apart from building a portfolio of global icons, the company also looked to developing the local art scene with MO_Space. Its gallery for contemporary artists has presented countless shows from artists such as Louie Cordero, MM Yu, Noberto Roldan, and Elaine Roberto-Navas. Naturally, MOs Design marks its tenth year with art. In a series of five murals by creative studio Electrolychee, its past and present and the contemplation of the future unfolds. Each piece is a tapestry drenched in meaning (and Easter eggs), and will be displayed on its third floor.
To kick-off its year-long celebration, MOs Design also introduces the newest member of its superstar roster, Sancal of Spain. Though smaller in scale, the design-forward brand is propelled by passion, focusing on people, community, and craftsmanship. “Sancal is a very happy brand,” says Ong. “They are open and humble. Their ideas are young and fresh. Making something small and special feels easy again.”
To immortalize their decade-long journey, MOs Design collaborates with Electrolychee, the Manila-based graphic studio that fuses computer-generated vector art with organic drawings. Graphic wizards Marcushiro and Bru of Electrolychee pored over MOs Design’s history, identifying its motivations in the world of design, developing a set of symbols and themes, and then translating everything into their unique language. The result is a visual story that is grand and surreal, engaging and full of wit—perfect for the joyous occasion.
Visit our third floor showroom and be inspired with the mural and story of MOs Design!