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An All-White 67sqm Bachelor Pad

Scandinavian pieces and industrial elements come together in this bright and welcoming home

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Interior Designer: Architects Justin Espejo, Paolo Balatbat, and Abe Alejandro of Minimalist Manila

While white can make any space seem bigger and more spacious, it has a tendency to look flat and boring. When the owner of this unit expressed his desire to have a clean and all-white home, architects Justin Espejo, Paolo Balatbat, and Abe Alejandro of Minimalist Manila faced a tricky design challenge. “The main challenge was how to select materials and furniture that would fit the client’s wish for an all-white design. We knew that it runs the risk of being boring, so we had to be careful in the selection of the materials for the flooring and the walls. In hindsight, the challenge was how we’re going to break the client’s brief without him feeling that we’re breaking it,” explains Justin.

To deliver the owner’s dream home without making it too plain, the design team incorporated raw material finishes like concrete and wood into the look, brought in Scandinavian furniture, and showcased brick tiles. Despite the deadlines and the strict construction schedule of the building, Minimalist Manila and its partner contractor BLK44, were able to finish the project. Moving in and seeing everything in place was an unforgettable moment for the owner. After all, who wouldn’t love coming home to an inviting space that was once only a dream concept?

Foyer

From the door, guests are greeted by a dreamy all-white interior. The hallway highlights a white console cabinet and a collection of drinks on top. To keep it from being too plain, the design team opted for white brick tiles for the wall. These materials proved to be good alternatives to actual bricks as it helped them save time during construction. "It provided the space a nice texture that also breaks the monotony of the whites," says Justin.

Kitchen

"The patterned tile we used on the backsplash screamed Scandinavian to me when I saw it. It mixed really well with the palette and it added an accent to the gray and white cabinetry," explains the architect.

Given the limited kitchen space, having enough storage is important. Minimalist Manila turned to GehÄuse Manila for the modular cabinets added to the space.

For inquiries, follow GehÄuse on Instagram—@gehause.manila. You can also send them an e-mail: gehause.modcabsolutions[at]gmail.com.

Dining Area

Scandinavian design is known for its crisp aesthetic and clean lines. To transform the unit, the design team chose furniture pieces from Our Home, Crate & Barrel, Dimensione, and Home Folk, a must-visit store in BGC that offers Scandi style furniture at affordable prices. 

The dining set can seat around six people comfortably, and with natural light streaming in—it exudes a warm, homey vibe.

Dining Area

Sprucing up the walls are framed black-and-white photographs of the owner. These add a punch of personality to the space while still maintaining the theme.

RL Tip: For a similar lighting fixture, visit Match Contract on Instagram.

Living Area

Since the owner also wanted an industrial feel in the space, Minimalist Manila opted for concrete porcelain tiles instead of polished concrete. The chosen material matches well with the white brick tiles and pieces chosen for the area.

An area rug anchors the living area and adds warmth to the space. Meanwhile, the white sofa seems to invite anyone to sit and take a break.

Living Area

Notice the cabinet that resembles a window-seat on the left side of the living area? It perfectly conceals wires and electrical connections. Even if the TV and the cabinets take up space, the design team was still able to incorporate a work nook by the window.

Living Area

The hanging shelf that houses the owner's collection of books and CDs also adds a touch of warmth given the use of wood. Not only do the books and personal belongings make the space extra personal, these also provide hints of color to liven up the unit.

Bedroom

One of the owner's favorite areas in the unit, the bedroom features a lovely wooden bed as the focal point. The room exudes a calm and relaxing vibe that will make you want to plop down on the bed and get some sleep. "It's where all the magic happens," says the owner.

To transform the sleeping space, the design team used a light wood tile for the flooring, then covered the piping that ran through the room with a light, plain plaster finish. "We also covered the wall with white brick tiles to save time as well as to add texture for a more interesting space," says Justin.

Find a similar bed at Crate & Barrel, SM Megamall Bldg. D Fashion Hall, EDSA cor. Julia Sarlas Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

Bedroom

A small side table holds a diffuser and can be used to keep a few knickknacks within reach. Since the bedroom is a place for rest, it's best to keep decor to a minimum.

Bathroom

The T&B showcases a strong industrial influence. "Instead of using polished concrete, we found these Machuca-like tiles that were just really lovely," says Justin. The tiles chosen for the flooring worked well with the subway tiles on the walls.

Aside from the hanging shelf in the living area, the plain concrete countertop showcased in the bathroom was also fabricated on-site. A unique piece, it features black pipes as legs/support and an overall look that matches the theme. "What I really like about this project is that it's a statement that raw and unfinished-looking materials can be beautiful and elegant as well," adds Justin.

RL Tip: If you're looking for different tiles, visit CW Home Depot and MC Home Depot.

Bathroom

Adding life and color to the bathroom are framed prints used as wall accents.

Find similar decor at SM Home.

Ready for your own makeover? Minimalist Manila has a Facebook page you can follow. You can also e-mail them: hello[at]minimalistmanila.com.

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