A 32sqm Condo Unit Filled With Antiques and Artworks

Ancient meets brand new in this one-year-old home

Original Article: Cecil Jusi-Baltasar Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson Interior Designer: John Vigilia

A condo unit isn’t exactly the ideal spot for displaying antiques and art, but interior designer John Vigilia made it happen for homeowner Judd Salas and his collection. John turned the unit into an antique showroom and art gallery of sorts, except that it’s solely for the homeowner’s (and his friends’) own consumption.

Upon entrance, an almost hundred-year-old art deco dining table welcomes the guests. To the right is the kitchen, with cabinets painted in white, and granite countertops that extend to the ceiling. A few steps away is the living area with painted white walls and cabinets, and natural light streaming in from the wide windows. The art and antique collection is mostly what gives life, character, and color to this room. On the other side of the living room is the master bedroom, also done in white except for the green accent wall and showcases more art and antique pieces. The room adjacent to it is the bathroom, just a little bit smaller than the master bedroom, but just as aesthetically on point.

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Living Area

“I told John early on, ‘Pangarap ko sa buhay na magkaroon ng L-shaped couch, but in the grand scheme of things, I think an L-shaped couch is at the bottom rung for John,” shares Judd. The solution? Compromise: Judd bought the couch and John found a way to hide the brown-black upholstery by using taupe seat covers.

Living Area

The coffee table in the living area is actually made up of two side tables that were put together. The Persian carpet under it is a salvaged piece from Judd’s grandmother’s sidewalk. “My grandmother is at an age where she’s starting to give away her things,” says Judd. “When I visited her once, I saw all these beautiful things [including the carpet] disposed in a pile on the sidewalk,” he adds.

Living Area

When it came to Judd’s antique collection, he gave John the power to veto the antique and art collection pieces he didn’t like. In fact, there were some pieces he wanted to keep in his unit “’Pero hindi pumasa kay John. He said there was no room for it,” shares Judd. These pieces displayed in the living room, including a painting by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, are among those that made the cut. 

Living Area

This 19th century Madonna and Child oil painting on exhibit in the living area is Judd’s favorite piece. In fact, it was with him when he lived in Cebu and Benguet.

Kitchen and Dining Areas

Judd’s 1920 art deco dining table is dual purpose: it’s for eating and working since it functions as his work desk on regular days. It is matched with a wooden armchair from Cebu and a three-seater bench from Dapitan Arcade.


To keep the look of his kitchen consistent and clean, Judd decided to extend the granite countertop to the ceiling. It’s a plus that the granite on granite combination makes the items on the tabletop pop, like Judd’s coffee press and the framed family heirloom recipe.

Master Bedroom

According to Judd, the forest green accent wall, which doubles as a headboard, represents “vegetation, new things, and regeneration.” Meanwhile, on the right side of his bed is a customized cabinet that carries various items and a window overlooking the grassy lawn outside his unit.

Master Bedroom

“I like positive things like that entering my head when I sleep at night,” says Judd of the painting depicting three people playing musical instruments, displayed on his accent wall.

Master Bedroom

This Mona Lisa reproduction clock gifted by a friend sits on Judd’s customized cabinet along with a 257-year-old woodblock print, a wooden coin bank from his childhood, and many more curious finds.


“When my friends come over, we like to stay here in the bathroom to smoke and chat,” says Judd about the bathroom/smoking room/huddle room. This bright and spacious area has tiles reminiscent of Judd’s great-grandmother’s house and some prints of Modena, Italy that were gifts from the Mayor of Modena himself.


Judd admits that he finds it difficult to understand why his mom gave him a green glass lamp. “Of the paintings, furniture, and other precious items, she gives me this hanging glass lamp,” says Judd of the lamp that’s now hanging in the bathroom. It works well with the vintage feel of the house—adding to its eclectic appeal.


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