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A Makati Family Home Filled With Scandi Pieces

Simple lines, color, and IKEA furniture fill this former Swedish ambassador’s home in the heart of Makati

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Photography: Bahaghari Styling: Yuka

In most people’s minds, an ambassador’s residence must be formal and classical. It makes you think of heavy textiles, ornate furniture, even a Greek column or two—stately and official, so to speak.  

The home of the former Swedish ambassador to the Philippines, Annika Markovic, thus sets a pleasant surprise. It is airy and full of vibrant colors, vivid fabrics, and sleek furnishings that are modern yet comfortable. The Swedish government refurbishes their ambassadors’ residences every four years, and Annika made it clear that she wanted a design that was not only fit for official engagements, but for family life, as well.

For Annika, starting with very basic and traditional pieces is a practical way to let a home evolve. The furniture in the living room are classic examples of Swedish wood workmanship. “Swedish design is very simple and straightforward,” says Annika. “You’ll know it’s Swedish because of the straight and clean-cut lines.”

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The Markovics may be miles away from their country, but Sweden is alive in their Manila home. “Swedish design is definitely down to earth,” she remarks. “Swedish designers stay true to the materials they use.” 

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