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The Beauty of Recycled Pieces Shines in this 22sqm Studio Unit

Interior designer Willie Garcia creates a coastal escape filled with handmade pieces, upcycled furniture, and eco-friendly materials

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Kamila Arianna Garcia Interior Designer: Willie Garcia

After seeing the work of interior designer Willie Garcia on realliving.com.ph, the owner of this unit knew that she wanted to collaborate with the designer. “She knew that I’m into upcycling and green design. Our first meeting was in my booth at last year’s Manila FAME. She saw my product line and advocacy,” Willie recalls. Willie is the designer behind JunkNot Eco Creatives, a social enterprise that promotes and produces eco-creative products. These products aren’t regular pieces of furniture—these are made using plastic waste and other upcycled materials.

The owner gave Willie her complete trust and the transformation of the 22sqm unit went smoothly. Aside from maximizing every inch of space, the designer made sure that there’s enough storage and that the client’s old belongings were seamlessly incorporated into the final look. “She wanted to use her old sofa bed, the ref and the microwave [in the kitchen], and the vanity mirror in the bathroom. She also requested for a mirror in the main area to make it more spacious. She definitely read some tips about designing small spaces,” shares the designer.

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Can you hear the waves crashing? The final look will remind guests of the beach. Willie chose a coastal theme to make the most of the huge window overlooking the Manila Bay. The chosen color palette also serves as an ideal background for the upcycled pieces and handmade accessories that make it extra special. In this home, every detail has a story and each piece is a treasure made from trash.

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