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A Contemporary Pinoy Studio Unit That Fits Everything In

This fashion designer’s tiny studio unit is a home, office, and atelier—an example of one-room-living at its best

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

“I’m used to working and living in the same place,” fashion designer Phio Enaje readily admits. The ultimate challenge of combining both home and work in his former studio in Manila was handled with his trademark élan.

This condo unit served as Phio’s living room, bedroom, office, and design atelier when he was in Manila. Spaces and furniture morphed Transformers-like into different pieces at the snap of a finger—a sofa unfolded into a bed, a study desk turned into a dining table, and a small nook became an elegant fitting room with the drape of a curtain.

But in spite of the diminutive space, this home-slash-atelier hardly felt cramped. In fact, it had a vibe that was sophisticated, but was as comfortable and as easygoing as its owner. “I wanted people to feel na puwede silang humilata,” Phio says. 

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