A Minimalist Industrial Home in Bacolod

Clean lines, cast-in place concrete, and minimal decor set this modern house apart

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Bernie Sason

The elements that should always be present in industrial homes include raw concrete, exposed plumbing, unfinished materials, and stainless steel and glass touches. All these details and more are present in this minimalist house in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Inspired by modern Japanese architecture, the home of architect Bernie Sason and wife Cecile is a stunning example of industrial interiors.

After years of living in the traditional three-bedroom bungalow they moved into as newlyweds, Bernie and Cecile finally decided to build their dream home. With his experience as one of the owners and designers of Sason Shop, a furniture store in Bacolod, Bernie effortlessly created a clean and bare space. For a modern but comfortable style, he paired concrete, steel, and glass with Philippine hardwood furniture, woven pieces, and textured stone.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Minimally Yours") in the May 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Facade From the outside, the Sason home looks even more prominent because there are no decorations -- no curtains on the windows and no wind chimes at the doorway.
Facade The Sason home looks beautiful against the clear Negros sky because of its simplicity. Basic white paint was used to cover some walls while the rest were left bare to highlight the raw beauty of concrete.
Living Room In the living room, the long brown sofa and a pair of black slatted armchairs from Sason Shop are matched with a low coffee table adorned with coffee table books, a small Buddha figure, and a single clay pot.
Living Area For an unexpected touch, an armchair is upholstered with an elegant print which stands out against the solid colors of the area.
Glass Door A glass sliding door framed with wood leads to the outdoors, providing a more spacious, airy vibe.
Rock Garden Instead of a green, flourishing space, the outdoor area is transformed into a Japanese rock garden complete with a water feature, miniature pond, driftwood bench, and pebbles for a Zen appeal. A wooden table and wooden chairs with woven backs becomes the ideal place for enjoying hearty meals with family and friends.
Rock Garden The outdoor area is transformed into a Japanese rock garden complete with a water feature, miniature pond, driftwood bench, and pebbles for a Zen appeal. A wooden table and wooden chairs with woven backs becomes the ideal place for enjoying hearty meals with family and friends.
Dining Room Upholstered leather dining chairs surrounding a wooden dining table lend a strong, masculine appeal to the dining room. Since Bernie wanted an open layout with few walls or solid partitions, he used a screen made from wooden slats to distinguish the area from the kitchen.
Kitchen Located next to the dining room, the kitchen is minimally furnished for a striking effect. In the middle of the space is a low kitchen island surrounded by Sason Shop stools made from wood and steel.
Staircase Clean, sharp lines define the staircase of the home.
Wood and Clay Wood furniture and accessories made from clay add warmth to the clean white walls and floor.
Bedroom The master bedroom looks bright, airy, and spacious because white is used for most of the surfaces. Whitewashed walls are punctuated with white Venetian blinds covering the windows. The bed is also covered with white sheets made from whisper-soft Egyptian cotton. On the other end of the area is a white loveseat made inviting with fluffy white pillows. The space is completed with interesting details like a Lao abstract painting and a Tolomeo desk lamp.

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