A Bachelor’s 40sqm Loft-Type Condo

This unit shows just how to exude a livable, bar-like ambiance in a compact space

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Pictorial Direction: Tala Singson and Paula de Guzman Architect: Angelo Gabriel Siochi

For architect Angelo Gabriel Siochi, a solution-oriented approach ranks higher on his list than impressing his client. In this loft-type unit situated in Pasig, the architect faced a design challenge: to transform a compact area and achieve a bar-like ambiance for a cabin crew’s halfway home. Needless to say, he was able to deliver what the client needs, and it looks impressive at that.

This unit is an exercise in balance. The bar inspiration is most evident in the kitchen, where everything was replaced with black—counters, shelves, cabinets, among others. The other areas also basked in black, from the furniture, furnishings, down to the decorations. But to avoid making the home look too dark, grays and browns, as well as greens from real plants were put into place. The same balance can be seen in the chosen pieces, as the bachelor pad also features a mix of budget and investment pieces.

Read the original article ("Dark and Handsome") in the June 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Living Area

The living area is home to two major pieces: an upholstered foam right next to the window seat and a bespoke wooden desk. General lighting fixtures and pinlights from Steltz supply additional lighting, when needed.

Living Area

The high ceiling helps in creating a spacious ambiance, while the huge windows allow natural light to stream into the unit. Hanging above the living area is a sculptural pendant lamp from Azcor.

Entertainment Area

Mounted on the dark gray wall is a flat screen TV. The wooden desk features a variety of accessories to add colors to the space.

Entertainment Area

Investment pieces are also scattered in the unit, like this Kenneth Cobonpue creation, the Chiquita, a stool with rattan poles placed on polyurethane cushion.

Click here to see more of Kenneth Cobonpue's pieces.

Decor Detail

Since the homeowner has been exposed to different cultures and places, this deer head accessory was a welcome addition to his loft.

Find something similar at Urban Abode, CW Home Depot Ortigas, 1 Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City. You can also follow them on Facebook. If you're looking for cardboard deer heads, you can drop by Typo, 2/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi Street, Ayala Center, Makati City.


The black, glass-topped dining table is flanked by Louis Ghost Chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell, creating a look that is polished and sophisticated.


What’s a bar-inspired setup without shot glasses?

Looking for shot glasses you can add to your kitchen? Visit Habitat and see the available must-haves for your cooking corner. Habitat is located at the 3rd Level of Abenson BGC (beside Ascott Hotel), 28th Street and 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

Master Bedroom

Washed in neutrals, the bedroom isn’t as dark as the other spots in the house, nor it is too bright. The space showcases minimal furniture, given the space restrictions.

Master Bedroom

A glass table holds a minimalist lamp, a plant, and a candle.

Decor Detail

This Greek-style bust finds its home by the side of the bed, placed on a stack of books.


There was barely anything to change in the bathroom—just some functional add-ons such as hooks and towel bars and Angelo’s work is done.

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