An Open Layout brightens up a 50sqm condo

An open plan layout, neutral color scheme and the right furniture pieces make a small space seem bigger.

Original Article: Maika Q. Bernardo Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson Architect: Miguel Pastor

The problem of not having enough space in condo homes can be solved with the help of design experts like architect Miguel Pastor. Miguel combined two one-bedroom units, created a high ceiling and an open layout to create a bright and airy 50sqm home for his client Rey Lañada. 

The height of the ceiling and the wide, open spaces are complemented with white walls and white furniture pieces. Using white creates a calm and soothing atmosphere that helps Rey relax and unwind. With his busy schedule and heavy workload as a road manager for celebrities such as Ogie Alcasid, the tranquil home is exactly what he needs.

Original article Maika Q. Bernardo. Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Styling by Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read “White Light” in the September 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


Guests are welcomed with a painting of a female figure by Kiko Escora resting on a cupboard. The cupboard is topped with a glass candle holder (a giveaway from Ogie and Regine's wedding), Buddha figurines, a catchall for Rey's keys, and a phalaenopsis orchid. The vintage leatherback office chair is from Ben Chan, founder of Bench.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a beige sofa, red accent chair and feathered lamp from Dimensione. The gnarled pobreng kahoy and chevron-printed rug makes the space more interesting. The printed pillows reflect Rey's love for London and for dogs.

One Space

In the living area, an open space may be created by completely hiding the sliding doors from view.

Coffee Table

A clear plastic coffee table doesn't look bulky even if it has a lot of big books on top. This translucence allows more areas of the carpet to be seen, giving the illusion of space.

Coffee Table

On the coffee table is a handmade ceramic whale match striker by Jonathan Adler from celebrity makeup artist Juan Sarte.

Lighten Up

By the couch in the living area stands the pobreng kahoy, lending a touch of green to the space. A Dimensione table lamp carved from a single block of wood and a pair of complementing vases from salon owner Henri Calayag are placed on a black side table.

Black Beauty

This Bouquet end table by Kenneth Cobonpue is a Christmas present from Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez.

Kitchen Detail

In the kitchen, a potted plant and a bright red box top the freestanding shelving unit for dashes of color.

Dining Area

Rey's favorite spot in his home also acts as his work area. The wooden dining table is topped with a big candle and candleholder from singer-host Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and a birdcage from Regalong Pambahay. The limited-edition Diet Coke bottles are designed by Marc Jacobs. The table is surrounded with a bench and reproduction Phillip Starck Ghost chairs. A white chandelier from Dimensione illuminates the space.

Fancy Fan

This framed fan with artwork by Corazon Aquino is a present from the late president's niece.


The bedroom had to be changed according to feng shui principles. Since beds should never be placed underneath the middle of a ceiling beam, the bed had to be moved. The shelves were originally found above the bed but they were also transferred.

Book Bench

The bench at the foot of the bed holds books and magazines.

Bench Detail

The plaid puppy plushie was purchased at a Muji branch in Tokyo, Japan.


Rey's closet is hidden behind a customized storage system. This shelving unit serves as a home library, entertainment center, and gallery of framed photos of loved ones. It also houses keepsakes and curios from abroad, like a matryoshka doll.


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