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A 48sqm Mid-Century Modern Condo Home

Inspired by vintage accessories found in Evangelista, this two-bedroom unit highlights a glorious past

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Interior Designer: TKSL Interior Design

While trends come and go, there are some that stay to stand the test of time. One popular style that’s been around for decades is the mid-century modern look, an aesthetic that features clean lines, geometric shapes, and bold colors that add to the retro vibe.

Inspired by the well-loved style and the bevy of brass pieces and Art Deco fixtures found in Evangelista Street in Makati, the TKSL Interior Design team transformed this unit into a functional home with a distinct old-world charm. Stepping into the space feels like a time travel adventure—as faux brick tiles, lovely shelves, and must-haves that hark back to the ‘60s take center stage. Whether you love all things vintage or you’re just on the hunt for a home peg, this welcoming home has a well of ideas that will surely pique your imagination.

Kitchen

An envy-worthy kitchen welcomes guests into the unit. The deep blue cabinets serve as the focal point in the area—with the moody color complementing the brick tiles. Given these rich colors, the design team opted for hexagon mosaic tiles in white for the backsplash to create a balanced look.

Brass fixtures and fittings were also used to go with the theme.

Kitchen

During the renovation of the space, the layout of the kitchen had to be adjusted. The current galley kitchen showcases two counters—with enough space for prepping meals, the refrigerator, and cabinets for utensils, dinnerware, and other essentials. From this angle, one can best appreciate the chosen backsplash and countertops—as white pops out against the deep blue hue.

Living and Dining Areas

Given the limited floor area, the design team opted for an open layout—there are no partitions separating the living and dining areas, and one nook flows freely to the next. The dining bench functions as a divider, with the living area furnished only with a deep blue velvet upholstered chair, a side table, and a yellow footrest. 

Dining Area

Instead of an ordinary dining set, the design team chose to have a sturdy wooden table—with a neutral upholstered sofa and a wooden bench serving as seating pieces. Warm light coming from the lovely lighting fixtures help set the mood in the area, while the geometric shelves on the wall hold decor pieces, potted plants, and extra accessories. Aside from lucky Evangelista finds, some of the lighting pieces were also customized by TKSL Interior Design.

Storage Detail

To keep within the mid-century modern theme, geometric hanging shelves hold the decor and baskets that serve as catchalls.

Living Area

Would you believe that this accent wall features faux brick tiles? Aside from looking like real bricks, these are also easier to clean and more cost-effective. The design team chose to have an accent wall to add a homey feel to the space and to balance out the deep blue walls.

Similar geometric shapes were also incorporated into the space through the pillow covers and the area rug.

Find similar tiles at Wilcon Depot. Click here for a list of branches.

Design Detail

To add life and personality to the space, various prints and framed pieces were put on display. Even the chosen works of art follow the home's color scheme of blue, orange, yellow, and green—keeping the look cohesive.

Living Area

Given the 48sqm space, it's crucial to have ample storage. The peg-worthy floor-to-ceiling shelf meant for books and decor also holds the TV and other entertainment must-haves. While the shelf is already a sight on its own, the addition of a working ladder makes it extra special as well as adds to the overall appeal of the unit.

Bedroom

In the bedroom, the deep blue wall behind the bed also serves as an accent wall with sunburst wall decor and a few more brass pieces completing the look. To maintain the calm and peaceful vibe, the chosen linen are kept simple in white and neutrals.

Find similar decor pieces at SM Home.

Bedroom

The vintage chandelier ties the look of the sleeping space with the rest of the unit. Meanwhile, the occupants have direct access to the bathroom with the addition of an extra door.

Both bedrooms (the other one was not photographed) feature minimal furnishings to give the owners the freedom to complete it with items that suit their needs.

Bathroom

Given the double access doors, the design team had to rethink the orientation and layout of the bathroom. A glass shower enclosure separates the toilet from the shower area with deep blue rectangular tiles. The tiles chosen mimic the look of the blue walls found in the unit.

Bathroom

The design team also added accent gold mosaic tiles against the blue ones to go with the theme as well as to match the gold and brass fixtures. Serving as the focal point in the bathroom is the white composite sink. To give the owners enough space for their routines, only a few potted greens were added as decor.

Watch this condo unit's walk-through below: 

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with TKSL Interior Design through mobile at (0905) 390-5678 or e-mail krisna.tksl[at]gmail.com.

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