Sometimes, the most conventional architectural design hides a modern and streamlined interior with touches of younger, more vibrant décor. A vinyl toy collector’s home is one such example where the exterior doesn’t exactly match the interiors.
The Mediterranean-style home was a gift to the homeowner by his mom, and as a compromise, he kept the structure as is on the outside, while keeping the interior design true to his young and playful personality. A love for film, along with a passion for vinyl toy collecting, come together within a sleekly designed space that follows a neutral palette that’s easy on the eyes.
Architect Paul Sia, designers Anthony and Joey Yupangco of Domani, and Florence Ko of Furnitalia collaborated into putting together this impressive bachelor’s pad that balances luxury and comfort with designer furniture, a colorful vinyl toy collection, and pop art pieces.
Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Rene Mejia.
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The large, all-glass rectangular mirror with curved frame leaning against the foyer wall is the Caadre mirror designed by Philippe Starck for Fiam Italia. Beside it is a steel-and-glass floor lamp also by Philippe Starck.
As seen from the entrance, the owner’s “playful” personality is revealed in the game room, with its Brunswick billiard table from Star Paper Philippines. A Nobilia display cabinet holds his precious vinyl toy art collection.
Clean, sleek, and modern are the first things that come to mind with this living area. The cream sectional sofas are paired with a Molteni dark wood and stainless steel coffee table and armrest from Furnitalia. To the right is a winged Ingo Maurer lamp.
This showroom-perfect kitchen was created by Siematic and exemplifies stylish casual dining. The four Meridiana chairs are by Christophe Pillet and the Ito’ table is by Marco Zanuso Jr., both for Driade.
The kitchen counter’s modern design comes together with LEM piston stools in beech wood from Design within Reach (dwr.com). The Campbell’s Soup lighting by Christophe Matthias and Hagen Sczech for Ingo Mauer from Unica (unicahome.com) keeps to the rest of the home’s playful approach.
The homeowner went all out with this home theater fitted with12 cinema-style seats by Luxus, available from Lee Designs Philippines. The projection screen and sound system are from Theater Works.
The sitting area features white Cassina furniture from Domani, along with a steel Flos lamp, and a rare bright blue Philippe Starck Richard II chair. The kitschy Queen Elizabeth painting with her tongue out is by pop artist D*Face.
Make your home workstation more interesting – and comfortable – with designer chairs that are colorful and ergonomically designed. The addition of this bright red Victoria and Albert sofa by Ron Arad creates a playful vibe in the room. Also seen is the almost invisible Kiss Me Goodbye chair designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for Driade.
Function takes precedence in the bedroom, with these sleek pieces from Furnitalia. The large black framed mirror and black side table complement the stark white bed while a touch of red from accent pieces and an artwork brings vitality to the room.
Keep it simple and clean. Black floor to ceiling tiles against cream marbled floors create a simple backdrop for this almost Zen bathroom fitted with a sleek oval tub. A sparse wrought iron rack is used to store extra towels. The fixtures are from Dexterton and Kuysen.
These colorful vinyl toys by Western and Asian artists are considered by the owner as artwork and can be purchased from kidrobot.com. Most of the homeowner’s pieces are limited edition works by Hong Kong vinyl artist Michael Lau.
Add a playful touch to the outdoors with these Crayola colored monoblock chairs.
A Kartell sofa sits outside by the Koi pond.