A Modern Minimalist 45sqm Studio Unit

An art director makes his space both a party place and a Zen home

Original Article: Camille Besinga Photography: Toto Labrador Styling: Issa Villar

Just because homeowner Gabby’s friends have dubbed his 45sqm studio, “The Devil’s Den” doesn’t mean that it has black walls, red lights, and is completely dark. On the contrary, Gabby’s pad in Salcedo Village, Makati is usually awash with natural light, thanks to its high ceiling and a row of windows along one wall.

The studio actually earned its nickname because of the many parties Gabby throws in his pad. With a practical eye and simple furnishings, parties in his place do rock. Each piece has a function—the inviting black couch, the artist’s table, the huge mirror, the DIY coffee table, Gabby’s homemade white lamp, and, of course, his headboard-less custom-made bed. All of these put together make up a space that’s stark, homey, and cool at the same time.

Original article by Camille Besinga. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Toto Labrador.

Read the original article ("The Devil Goes Zen") in the October 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area A wooden carpet holds together Gabby’s living area, spruced up by some floor pillows.
Living Area Detail Gabby’s friends always gravitate to his simple living area, which is defined by dark furniture that pop out of the otherwise light colors of the rest of the unit.
Living Area Detail Gabby intentionally leaves his walls empty to let his furniture do the talking.
Living Area Detail The huge mirror beside Gabby’s shelves expands the space whenever Gabby throws parties in his pad.
Living Area Detail A wooden desk—from Gabby’s mom—and a vintage metal stool stop short of the balcony.
Bedroom Detail To further stretch his space, Gabby decided against using a headboard for his custom-made bed.
Workspace Gabby’s workspace—which consists of an artist’s table, a Shuttle mini computer and a wide-screen flat LCD—doubles as the DJ’s table during parties at his pad.

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