A 135sqm Sanctuary in Makati’s Business District

A homeowner finds solace in a simplified, streamlined space

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Interior Designer: Lisa Salvador

Leaving his spacious residence in Alabang behind, a widower in his 60s gets a second wind on life by moving into a smaller space in the heart of the city. With breathtaking views of the bustling streets of Makati and the distant mountains of Antipolo, the 135sqm space has proved to be quite a sanctuary for the businessman.

The interior designer, Lisa Salvador of Studio 10.48, wanted to give her client a classic but masculine space befitting of his stature. Though the condominium unit is very much like a bachelor's pad, its aesthetics is conservative and tasteful. Making full use of the unit’s high ceiling, Salvador anchored the design on a linear theme. Earth-toned mosaics were vertically embedded along the living area's tanguile wood panels. Huge glass windows make the space even more spacious with functional furniture, tastefully designed, completing the look.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno. 

Read the original article (“Linear Equation”) in the April 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at 

Living Area Salvador used 3/4" cross sections of plywood to create wood panels with fine stripes. The finish is certainly one of a kind as everything was done by hand. Pillows in earthy hues add pops of color to the living area.
Living Area Detail Floor-to-ceiling picture windows make the living area even more spacious. The sofa, which may also double up as a bed, was custom-made by the Sitting Room.
Décor Detail Sculptured vases in dark earth tones work well with the grayish curtains.
Dining Area An eight-seater square table dominates the dining area. The table is a conversation starter as its legs are crisscrossed, resembling large pick-up sticks that are about to collapse. Globe lights brighten up the area.
Kitchen Detail Washing the dishes won’t be such a chore with a view as fantastic as this one.
Bedroom The painting above the headboard serves as the inspiration for the colors of the pillows. With the elements coming together, the mood is easy and relaxed.
Bathroom Mood lighting lends the bathroom a gracious look, along with the bathroom fixtures, which are smooth and rounded.
Design Detail Cabinet doors are embellished with fine plywood stripes. This accoutrement may be seen all around the space, from the pillows to the curtains, giving the unit an integrated look.

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