Art Deco Elements In A One-Bedroom Condo

Wax nostalgic in this space that harks back to the elegance of the 1930s

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Nowadays when everyone seem to love the new and the modern, it is refreshing to see a home that is connected to a historic and culturally rich past. Such is the case of homeowner Cheek Fadriquela’s one-bedroom condo unit. His space pays homage to Art Deco, an international design movement that was prevalent in the 1930s. Art Deco elements pepper Cheek’s condo unit. It’s like a small museum where you can get acquainted with the style.

Read the original article (“Deco Revival") in the December 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living AppLog on to for more details.

Living Area

Figurines of San Vicente are displayed behind the two-seater sofa in the living area. Cheek has an affinity for the saint because San Vicente is the patron saint of his parents’ province, of the area where he stays in Pacita, Laguna (he works in Laguna on weekdays), and of Lipa, Batangas where he goes on vacation. 

Design Detail

The wrought iron divider behind the sofa is one of the prominent Art Deco elements in Cheek’s condo unit. It alludes to the Art Deco details of the Metropolitan Theater, which is now being revived. 


Framed vintage, 1930s magazines add character to Cheek’s TV area. Meanwhile, an escritoire on one corner adds an old-world charm to the space. 

Design Detail

This Deco clock on top of the desk complements the old-world feel that the escritoire exudes. Find a similar piece when you visit Altheo Décors and Evangelista Street in Bangkal, Makati. 


Cheek stores his travel books and wood samples on a bookshelf that he got from Alan Tan. The shape of the bookshelf's columns makes the storage piece one-of-a-kind. 

Design Detail

These spires on the bookshelf are inspired by the spires on top of the Metropolitan Theater’s roof. He also keeps a mini-reproduction of the UP Oblation made by his favorite artist Jun Yee. The original oblation is also of Art Deco origin. It was created by sculptor and National Artist Guillermo Tolentino in 1935. 

Dining Area

Furniture pieces, such as the dining table and dining chairs, are also from Alan Tan. The windows in the condo unit afford Cheek a view of interesting spots in Manila, like the Manila Bay sunset, fireworks at SM Mall of Asia, and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, which also sports an Art Deco style. 


A divider, which showcases Art Deco lines, by Obet Marquez sets the bedroom apart from the rest of the unit. In the bedroom are Art Deco chairs (which are the same as those in the dining area) and a cabinet that Cheek also got from Alan Tan. 


Even the bathroom is donned with art. The sculpture is by Jecky Alano, while the nude pencil sketch displayed on the wall is by Anita Magsaysay-Ho.


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