Artistic individuals thrive on living within equally inspiring spaces, so it wasn’t surprising when Vince Uy, creative director of Preview magazine decided to remodel his Zen-themed home into a quirkier, more avant-garde space that reflects his personal style that is fun, bold, and colorful.
One of the major changes he did was to relayout his kitchen and expand his dining area – a move that was not only more practical since he entertained in his home often, but also more efficient and undeniably an awesome idea as his dining room is one of his home’s most interesting spaces. He has a penchant for finding unusually interesting pieces in a variety of places from local home and furnishing stores such as Our Home, SM Homeworld and Department Store, Crossings Department Store, Karma, and Dimensione, as well as stores from around the globe like Habitat and Zara Home in Spain, and Q Concepts in Bangkok. And with his fearless attitude to trying anything for the sake of art, he has even used fabric originally meant for a skirt as a floor-to-ceiling curtain in the living room.
Throughout his home, Vince’s colorful personality, wacky attitude, and eye for quirky, interesting pieces can be seen – from bright pop art to playful prints to iconic vintage finds. There is little effort made to match things together or create a unified motif, yet Vince’s house is effortlessly chic and undeniably charming in its glorious eclecticism.
Original article by Coni Tejada. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.
Read the original article (“Haute Home”) in the January-February 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.
Vince’s living room is a plethora of interesting décor and beautifully designed furniture from various sources. The old couch came from his formerly Zen-inspired home – kept for its practical use as a bed for friends who stay over. The low wooden coffee table is topped with a chessboard used as a platform for round vases from his parents’ home and a Jonathan Adler elephant from a friend. A hot pink universal remote control from his youngest sister has its own space on the table.
Living Area Detail
The four chrome chairs covered in pretty damask and toile fabrics are from a 1970s dining set he bought in Bangkal for Php 7,000.
Living Room Detail
More quirky décors liven up the living room. The owner's camera sits comfortably on a console together with a white clock and a piece reminiscent of a candleholder.
The dining area’s main wall is covered in pretty wallpaper, while the retro chrome dining table was a serendipitous discovery from Bangkal.
Dining Area Detail
Vince used mismatched chairs and covered them in sexy patterned upholstery that matches his black neo-Baroque chandelier.
Although Vince entertains in his home frequently, he decided to make his kitchen smaller and devoted the rest of the space for a dining room. He used curtains as a divider between the kitchen and the dining area – an idea that proves to be very practical and innovative, as the kitchen is not only closed off during parties, but also provides a dramatic backdrop for his stunning dining area.
The kitchen has a black countertop balanced by occasional pops of color from the table napkins, boxes, and plant display.
A plain white wall is always the perfect canvas for photos and personal effects. Vince's wall proudly displays photos of each family member, hung in dainty frames from Dimensione, Crossings, thrift shops, and trips to Thailand.
Vince’s highly creative personality can be seen in this unusual set of décor. An artichoke and orchids in a vase, a reprint of a Pablo Picasso work doodling beside a fashion illustration and a pair of Chucks side-by-side against a plain white wall.
His love for Dita von Teese is best presented in his sexy red guest bathroom. Several retro pin-up posters of Dita von Teese, a black ceramic tree from Crossings, and the mirror-on-mirror effect adds a mysterious touch to the room’s bordello vibe.
Powder Room Detail
Retro pin-up posters of Dita von Teese adorn the powder room's walls.
A show of his fun, creative side -- Vince's space has quirky elements like this unique figurine.
A Hint of Fashion
To add a fashion twist to his home, a framed Kate Moss photo is on display alongside a digital calendar.