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Feel Like You're in New York City Inside This Loft-Type Condo

Industrial chic details and retro pop art accents turn this 49sqm unit into an Instagram-worthy rental home

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Photography: Mark Chester Ang

The home is a reflection of our dreams and favorite things. Many of the spaces we’ve featured prove this—as seen in the homes taking inspiration from beaches and other travel destinations. After acquiring this loft-type condo unit in 2015, the owner spent six months improving the 49sqm space. Since he plans to rent it out, he worked on a design that’s unique, eye-catching, and Instagram-friendly. “I’ve always dreamt of living in a New York-styled industrial warehouse loft, just like in the movies, but since that never became a reality, this would have to do. Aside from having a loft, there’s also a two-floor window view, a common feature of many New York warehouse lofts,” says Paulino. The condo unit became a passion project for the owner, as he worked on the space only with the help of a skilled handyman who has worked on different renovation projects with his family.

Paulino spent his six-month renovation period well, allotting enough time for research, construction, and sourcing for the right pieces. “Choosing the furniture and accessories was a long and tricky process, but it became quite addicting and super fun! With my advertising and creative background, I already had an eye for design and building things,” says Paulino. While completing the space, he came across pipe furniture. “I have always loved Lego and tinkering around with PVC pipes for various building projects in the past. Instead of buying the main pieces of furniture, I designed them and had them built by our handyman. I sourced the raw materials and measured the space so that proportions were exact. 80 percent of the furniture in the unit was custom-designed and built,” he adds. Echoing the sentiments of other homeowners who chose the DIY path, Paulino finds joy and pride in the finished project. “[There’s] nothing more fulfilling than living in a space you’ve created yourself, more so if you get to share it with others,” he shares.

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