The Architectural and Interior Source showroom marked its opening at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The event witnessed a rare reunion of some of the country’s notable architects and interior designers, all together in one night to celebrate the successful opening of a high-end and sleek quality tiles and sanitary wares showroom that offers endless possibilities in design. The line-up includes the prestigious selection of Spanish tiles such as Saloni, APE, La Platera & Vidrepur and the most advanced macerator from France, Saniflo, which enables the installation of toilets and sanitary wares everywhere without the major works.
The members of the press were also present to witness the launch. In his opening remarks, AIS CEO Architect Buck Sia explained that the initial “AIS” is also his surname spelled backwards. The man’s candid remarks during his foreword immediately made guests feel comfortable in preparation for an event of discovery and lasting impressions. Afterwards, guests were treated to a personal walk through of the showroom, which Sia led himself.
Some of the guests who graced the event are Philip Cu-unjieng, Issa Litton with Archt. Buck Sia
Archt. Choie Funk, Atty. Benedict Tugonon, Archts. Nikki Buensalido & Jason Buensalido
Sia’s systematic and detailed explanation of the showroom’s layout and design showed the efforts he and his team has put together to showcase their products the best way possible. Atypical of tile merchandise display where tiles tend to bombard customers in the way they are displayed, the AIS showroom’s design successfully harmonizes the different styles of their products in a sophisticated and well-considered manner. This proved important so as not to intimidate clients who are in the process of making significant decisions for their space. It helped that the showroom is fashioned after Sia’s architectural modern aesthetic, which marries form and function effectively. The balance of space and accent lighting are also to admire as it subconsciously make way for a comprehensive viewing.
Despite describing himself as a progressive architect leaning towards modernism, Sia also gave much consideration to brands that feature other styles, specifically one that caters to a more fashionable and bolder taste like Ape. Prestige Spanish tile brand Saloni, on the other hand, is more classical and architectural. He said he personally handpicked the designs that for him best depict the Filipino market, reflecting the latest global trends in tile technology and forward thinking.
The Saniflo area created a buzz during the event, as guests were fascinated to see the actual operating mechanism. Condo dwellers looking to move or install additional bathrooms would be pleased to know that Saniflo enables the construction of wet facilities with minimal structural alterations. Sia was quick to explain to everyone that Saniflo actually features an “install anywhere” technology.
AIS is by Intranet Trade International Inc. (iTrade), a subsidiary of Cebu Bionic Builder Supply Inc. The umbrella company has been a leader in bringing innovative design solutions since the 1990s. They were the first to introduce a finishing showroom in Cebu back in 1991, bringing in a new breed of quality and forward-looking designs from Europe.
AIS is located at the 2nd Floor of Forum South Global, 7th Avenue cor. Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Store opens between Mondays through Saturdays, from 9AM – 6PM. Log on to www.itrade.com.ph for more details.