Array
Homes

A Contemporary Pinoy Studio Unit That Fits Everything In

This fashion designer’s tiny studio unit is a home, office, and atelier—an example of one-room-living at its best

Shares
Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

“I’m used to working and living in the same place,” fashion designer Phio Enaje readily admits. The ultimate challenge of combining both home and work in his former studio in Manila was handled with his trademark élan.

This condo unit served as Phio’s living room, bedroom, office, and design atelier when he was in Manila. Spaces and furniture morphed Transformers-like into different pieces at the snap of a finger—a sofa unfolded into a bed, a study desk turned into a dining table, and a small nook became an elegant fitting room with the drape of a curtain.

But in spite of the diminutive space, this home-slash-atelier hardly felt cramped. In fact, it had a vibe that was sophisticated, but was as comfortable and as easygoing as its owner. “I wanted people to feel na puwede silang humilata,” Phio says. 

General living area

The L-shaped unit served as a multi-functional space; not only as his residence, but also as his workplace. Phio’s living arrangements left no trace of haphazard sofa bed living—his linens and pillows were neatly tucked under a rolling hanger where he kept his clients’ clothes neatly hanging. 

Living-sleeping area

“Even if my home’s colors are all on the earth-side—browns and beiges—I also opted to place elements that add vibrancy.” Phio’s calming interiors were contrasted by vibrant accent colors—orange throw pillows, a teal vase, and a wall-mounted banig in all colors of the rainbow. “I spotted the banig at Kultura Filipino,” he recounts. “The minute I saw it, I said this was what I wanted on my wall—something different, not just any ordinary painting.”

Dressing area

Hidden behind a taupe curtain in the living area is a dressing/fitting area for his clients. It is located conveniently next to a bathroom. The elegant drapes of this evening gown echoes the drapes of the curtains. 

Nook

A grouping of harlequin masks on padded frames makes a great DIY wall accent. “Combining European design concepts with Filipino ideas gives it a different look,” says Phio. 

Home office-dining area

The work area was positioned in one cozy corner by the window, and was isolated enough from the rest of the unit to comfortably accommodate clients and friends. Phio got a spectacular view of Manila whenever he rotated his chair towards the window. 

Bathroom

The framed mirror, which was a gift from a friend, visually enlarged the bathroom. Woven baskets by the side of the water closet hide toiletries. You can get baskets like these at Dapitan Arcade. To read more about Dapitan Arcade, click here. 

Shoe storage by the entrance

Every bit of space in the unit was maximized, including this narrow but efficient niche by the door, which was transformed into storage space for Phio’s books and shoes.

Read the original article ("All-In-One") in the Real Home Ideas 5: Small Space Solutions book. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

More on Realliving.com.ph

A 21sqm Contemporary Studio Unit

A Homey Minimalist Look for a 36sqm Studio Unit

A Real Living Reader's 36sqm Ocean-Inspired Studio Unit

Shares

Latest Stories

A Taguig Condo With Cool Storage Features And Vintage Accents

This 80sqm unit has everything that its owners need: light and airy spaces, an interesting mix of furniture, and nifty storage tricks

8 Celebrities Who Are Also Amazing Artists

From John Lloyd Cruz to Ian Veneracion, these famous faces put a new spin to being creative

Katrina Halili’s House in El Nido, Palawan

Found inside her own farm, the tranquil sanctuary features spacious rooms and an incomparable view of the lush outdoors

10 Designer-Approved Coffee Tables

Sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, first ladies of Philippine interior design, discuss their favorite coffee tables.

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!