A 79sqm Condo Unit turned into a City-Sleek Biker’s Haven
Passion for motorbikes and creative custom-made furniture created this one-of-a-kind space
Fuel your passion is a motto fit for this home. Some design homes for themselves, some for their pets, and there are the few who build a home around their passion. Sonny Regala is one of them. In collaboration with interior designer Carmen Lim, they transformed a 79sqm condo unit in Quezon City to a “Biker’s Haven.”
To the right of the entrance is a glass display case of scale-model bikes, arranged by displacement, year, brand, and model. Across that is a plush sofa custom-made by Modern Designs. Rounding up the living area are three tables of varying heights, made of stainless steel and wood. The home is painted in a black and white, with an accent revolving wall that’s painted orange, holding a TV that can rotate 360 degrees—so it can be viewed from anywhere in the apartment. In the kitchen, the bar stools’ bases are made from tires while the dining set is a custom-made L-shaped glass table. Finally, in the bedroom, a life-size figure of a biker guards the entrance. Inside, the room is a touch more colorful than the rest of the condo, with orange sheets, pillows, and an accent wall. To keep the room neat, Carmen made several inconspicuous storage spaces around the elevated bed. The end result is a unique, sleek, city-inspired home that makes you think of life in the fast lane—truly a Biker’s Haven. The well-designed home paved the way for a love story to bloom as Sonny and Carmen are now happily married.
Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.
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The home is painted in black and white with orange as an accent color. Here, the orange revolving wall holds a plasma TV. The wall turns 180 degrees while the plasma TV revolves 360 degrees—which means you can watch from any point in the house!
The plush leather seats on the bar stools remind one of motor seats, while their bases are made from tires. The kitchen is sleek, with a stainless steel fridge and a dark wooden L-shaped counter.
Stainless steel bases make the dining set, with soft white leather for the chairs and a glass table top. The table is another custom-made item—made of glass, it forms an L-shaped section with varying heights that can be pushed together to make a rectangular table.
Next to the bedroom, a closet is painted in black and white squares reminiscent of a racing flag. Inside is a life-size model of a biker, complete with a leather jacket, helmet and gear.
Interior designer Carmen Lim’s advice: “Keep clutter [hidden] away. If you can just provide a cabinet, put all your clutter, trash, and everything in that. If you have collections, try to set a display area. Everything looks nice if it’s neat, so that’s the key point. It has to be clean, neat, properly arranged.”
A bed rests on a discreet storage space (holding more bike paraphernalia). Since the room is in a naturally neutral palette of white and gray, a pop of color is added by the orange bedding and throw pillows. The room still retains its sleek design from the plush leather chair and round steel-glass table.
The restroom follows the design motif of the house, with sleek black cupboards and a hamper, white walls, lavatory, and glass shelves.