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Strategic Storage Spaces and Dark Wood Define a Makati Condo

A condo owner and interior decorator’s collaboration leads to a creative finish of Asian accents amid maximum utilization of space

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Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Interior Designer: Gerard Mendoza

Most condo owners are faced with this common challenge: how to best utilize every square meter of space. In homeowner Paul’s case, however, his new Makati condo presented another challenge: putting his personal stamp in his new abode. After meeting two interior decorators, the accountant finally got referred to Gerard Mendoza.

Unlike most homeowners, Paul already knew what he wanted — his space to look masculine yet far from boring and simple, and to have plenty of storage room. Paul’s decisiveness was a boon to Gerard, who presented a 3D plan in their next meeting. “Natuwa ako kasi 'yung 3D pictures niya was exactly the same n'ung natapos siya," he says. Gerard addressed Paul's storage request by converting an entire bedroom wall into a huge closet and executing some clever storage ideas, such as the drawers under the bed for hiding socks.

The ensuing design is one that is distinctly Asian yet boasts of traces of modernity. The motif is mostly dark wood, but is brightened up by hues of deep blue, red, and green. The overall feel is equal parts practical and luxurious.

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Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Luxe Asia”) in the June 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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