Eclectic Style and Original Artwork in Kim Atienza's House

Kuya Kim shows off his New York loft-inspired family home in the heart of Manila

Original Article: Jing Lejano Photography: Rene Mejia Pictorial Direction: Gabriel Villegas

Aside from being a trivia expert and a huge animal lover, TV host Kim Atienza is also passionate about art. This passion is reflected in the house that he shares with wife Fely and children Jose, Meimei, and Emman. 

The floors, walls, and even the ceiling of the home are all adorned with paintings and sculptures by talented Filipino artists. More than that, the space is filled with designer furniture that could also be considered as works of art.

Original article by Yvette Tan. Photographed by Rene Mejia. Shoot production by Anna Pingol. Grooming by Fennie Mirhan-Tan. Pictorial direction by Gabriel Villegas. 

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In 2002, Kuya Kim and his family moved into the house of late fashion designer Joe Salazar.

Living Area

While Kim left most of the house untouched, he did knock down a couple of walls to create a spacious living and dining area, giving it the feel of a New York loft in the middle of Manila. An untitled painting by Francheska Enriquez is mounted on the ceiling.

Living Area Detail

The living area is furnished with a Marshmallow Sofa designed by Irving Harper and George Nelson and an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.

Alfredo Esquilo’s Pagkaupos, Inspirasyon, Pagsusuka

Alfredo Esquilo’s Pagkaupos, Inspirasyon, Pagsusuka is proudly displayed on one wall of the living area. 

Dining Area

Just like the rest of the house, the dining area is a showcase of Kim’s vast art collection. Among the paintings in this room are Louie Cordero’s Three, Alfred Esquillo’s Monsters in Orchestra, and Wire Tuazon’s Killing Culture.

Two Frank Gehry Cloud lamps and mismatched chairs complete the eclectic space.


Since the kitchen is filled with pieces that have stainless-steel finishes, Kuya Kim paired the breakfast table with hardwood chairs by sculptor Jerry Araos. These chairs add a touch of warmth to the cold space.

Study Area

Artist Elmer Borlongan's Laklak adds interest to the study area.

Study area

A pair of Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen are placed next to the large windows. 


More artworks by Filipino artists can be found in the den. The space is furnished with a pair of brown chairs, a brown sofa, and another designer piece: a Noguchi Table by sculptor Isamu Noguchi.


The garden is home to a few snakes and frogs, a hornbill, two macaws, six crocodiles, 20 tortoises, and a whopping 42 dogs.


Fashion designer Joe Salazar, the former owner of the house and lot, had one stipulation for the sale of this property: whoever bought it would have to keep the garden intact. 


Kim has taken the former owner's request to heart, leaving the beautiful garden (that looks like the ruins of an ancient civilization) as is.


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