Eclectic Pieces update a 72sqm Condo

A Modern Asian-inspired small space is transformed with Scandinavian design and pop culture references.

Original Article: Mabel David-Pilar Photography: Toto Labrador Interior Designer: Wilmer Lopez of WLopez Designs

The style of any home should evolve along with the hobbies and interests of the owners. In the case of the 72sqm condo of interior designer Wilmer Lopez and Thor Balanon, the space was first influenced by Modern Oriental design. However, after traveling to Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands, the pair decided to give their place a makeover using Scandinavian design elements and a combination of fun and quirky details.

Bare white walls were replaced with novelty wallpaper from Amsterdam, including a bold floral pattern in the foyer and an unexpected cartoon skull print in the dining area. The two-bedroom unit becomes more interesting because of a pair of upholstered vintage chairs from Space Encounters in the foyer, the Papa Bear armchair by Hans Wegner in the living room, and an Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen in the dining room. Framed Andy Warhol and Hans Christian Andersen prints and a toy collection with pieces from Hong Kong and Thailand complete the look of the high-rise property.

Original article by Mabel David-Pilar. Production by Coni Tejada. Photography by Toto Labrador.

Read the original article (“Pop! Goes the World”) in the January 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


In the foyer, the wallpaper with psychedelic red, black, and white flower print greets Wilmer, Thor, and their guests as they enter the space. The delightful wall of blooms is complemented by an Andy Warhol poster from the Modern Museum in Stockholm which reads "All is pretty". This sentence perfectly describes the charming foyer and the rest of the condo in the Ortigas. Underneath the poster is a pair of upholstered vintage chairs from Space Encounters.


The clear shelves that separate the living room and the kitchen are filled with Thor's collection of Vitra miniatures, Tofu People, Totoro and other toys from Hong Kong and Thailand.


A cozy Papa Bear armchair topped with a kitschy Chairman Mao pillow dominates the living area. Beside the chair is a classic Arco lamp that serves as a floor lamp and an overhead light by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. For more pops of color, the beam above the chair is decorated with Hans Christian Andersen prints from Denmark. A Space Invaders table lamp and curtains with a black and white hound's-tooth pattern are ideal touches in this eclectic space.


Alfred Hitchcock movie posters silk-screened on canvas material make for retro, pop culture-inspired wall art. Flush against the wall is a raffia-covered TV cabinet with an illuminated surface designed by Wilmer.


The dining area doubles as a home office for Wilmer and Thor. To make the multi-functional space suited for more than one purpose, the traditional chairs are replaced with a bright red Egg chair adorned with a Switzerland flag pillow and a camouflage-printed sofa. The sofa is topped with another Chairman Mao pillow and a Jose Rizal tote bag from Team Manila. The accent wall is covered with cartoon skull-and-crossbones wallpaper.


The lime green accent wall of the bedroom is highlighted by framed vintage posters from Vietnam. Below the posters is another retro-style chair from Space Encounters.


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