A 34sqm New-York Style Condo in Quezon City

Combining form and function, this pad showcases IKEA pieces and space-saving solutions

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Tala Singson Architect: Red Fuertes

Kurt Reyes, with the help of architect Red Fuertes, transformed his new condo unit in just 60 days. Salvaging only the kitchen sink and some cabinets, he turned the space into a New York-inspired pad. He wanted an industrial theme so he bought most of the items found in his space, including the dishtowels from IKEA.

Since the owner loves to cook for friends, more space was allocated for the kitchen. The area has a table that folds up when not in use and a movable base that doubles as a bar for drinks. The entire kitchen which was re-tiled in metallic mosaic, is sleek and functional, complete with a new countertop and tap.

Another big space was allocated to the elevated bedroom enclosed by sliding doors made of salvaged wood. The space underneath serves as storage for Kurt's shoes and luggage. In the living area, the red brick wall, with a portion dry-brushed with white paint for contrast, accommodates shelves made from salvaged wood and aluminum pipes that hold books and other trinkets. The tiles that came with the turned over unit were replaced with Spanish tiles while a portion of the wall was left in bare cement.

Since Kurt works from home twice a week, his favorite area is the corner desk in his bedroom. The mini home office showcases pieces from IKEA combined with locally bought accessories. Overall, the unit allows him to experiment with different styles and designs. “If I get bored, I will just change the stuff on the shelves. It really reflects my personality: no fuss, industrial, low-maintenance. You can do all sorts of stuff you need to do,” he shares.

Read the original article ("Form + Function") in the May 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Living Area

It started with a red brick wall. And Kurt Reyes built his living area around it, with shelves of plumbing pipes and wooden planks. Then, a gray tufted couch, a tree stump as side table, and an LCD TV on the wall opposite.

View from the Bedroom

From the bedroom, the unit looks like a typical NYC apartment, with the red brick, unfinished cement, and wood details.

Dining/Kitchen Areas

Industrial lights hang from the ceiling, above the nondescript table that is great for serving meals. But it is not just any table, it is space-saving because it can be folded up when not in use.

Dining/Kitchen Areas

Folded, the space opens up for more guests who can enjoy drinks from the mini-bar.


The sleek countertop is a palette for the metallic mosaic tiles that make the kitchen groovy. By leaving the other elements monochromatic, design elements work harmoniously together.

Decor Detail

The mechanical gears of the clock give an even more industrial look to this condo against the titular red brick wall. 

View from the Entryway

The view from the entryway gives a peek of the living and dining areas as well as the elevated bedroom. The opaque curtain works well with the fan and air-conditioning unit to keep the space ventilated.


The entertainment system came with the turnover unit. On the shelves are used Lomo cameras, along with vintage finds. Drawers provide storage space.


Architect Red Fuertes designed the bed frame made of plywood covered with laminate. There are drawers here that provide more storage space for the owner's shoes and luggage.

Bedroom Detail

To streamline and declutter the entertainment area, a row of electrical outlets in a uniform stainless steel are lined directly beneath the wall-mounted TV.

Bedroom Detail

Closets and cabinets cleverly keep things in a tidy, small space. The bedside lamp is from Bacolod City which the owner upcycled using white paint and a dry-brush.

Bedroom Detail

Kurt spends a lot of time working at this corner desk. The black-and-white printed chair and desk lamp are from IKEA. The wooden mannequin is from National Bookstore while the mosaic cross on the wall is from an artist in Bacolod.


More space is created by leaving the shower open and just half-partitioned with glass, while the rest of the “unfinished” walls, using tiles with a distressed wood look are very easy to clean and complement the metal fixtures.

Design Detail

The curtains in the bedroom block out too much sunlight from coming in, but they are not only functional in this case, they also echo the design elements in the rest of the unit.

Design Detail

Fluorescent light is intensified with an aluminum sheet that reflects the illumination down into the entertainment area.

Design Detail

Silver metal and red brick prove that function can also find find form in this industrial theme. 

Design Detail

The red brick wall adds design to the functional main electrical box and attached electrical outlet. 


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