Filipino art defines a three-storey, 200sqm townhouse

Contemporary pieces, neutral hues, and Filipino abstract art make a young couple’s home stylish and unique.

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol Interior Designer: Wilan Dayrit, Karina Cagalingan and Kevin Pareja

Designing for a couple often involves the challenge of differing style preferences. In the case of young couple Ben and Mau Tan’s three-storey townhouse, Mau, the wife, took the lead in the design of their home. The couple enlisted the help of interior designers Wilan Dayrit, Karina Cagalingan and design student Kevin Pareja for this project.

Together, they conceived of a modern tropical aesthetic punctuated by brilliant art pieces. A neutral color palette creates the perfect backdrop for the unique art pieces by the likes of Arturo Luz and Ramon Orlina. Most of the rooms are appointed with plants and flowers, keeping with the tropical style as well.

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A trio of art pieces by Filipino art and design luminaries greets guests in the foyer space. An abstract art piece by Justin Nuyda hangs prominently on one wall. An immaculate white cabinet is adorned with a Ramon Orlina sculpture. Meanwhile, noted designer Ann Pamintuan's forged iron mirror serves as the focal point in the space.

Living area

The neutral color palette in the living room evokes a serene ambiance. As seating options, an L-shaped sofa and a pair of armchairs surround a coffee table with a unique base. Set against the gray walls, the white built-in cabinets and entertainment console create contrast. The entire area is anchored by the darker color of the cowhide area rug.

Dining area

A modern dining table with a metal base is juxtaposed against the warm wood textures of the dining chairs. Accessorized with indoor plants, the effect is modern yet warm and tropical. A large framed mirror on one wall gives the illusion of a larger space. Just beside it, an Arturo Luz piece offers a refreshing green accent color.


The use of stainless steel counters and appliances and a pair of black bar stools create a masculine, almost industrial feel. However, fresh greens and stone textures keep to the tropical and down-to-earth vibe.


The focal point in the master bedroom is another Arturo Luz piece on the wall above the headboard. On the other side of the room, built-in cabinets, entertainment console and desk maximize the space and create sleek and modern lines in the room.

Bedroom Detail

The built-in padded headboard evokes a hotel-like experience in the master bedroom.

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom is appointed with a custom-made wooden daybed. When not used as a bedroom, the large proportions of the daybed also make it a great lounge area. A pair of side tables is joined to form a coffee table. A Carlo Magno painting offers a focal point and adds fresh color to the space.

Powder Room

The stylish powder room employs faux marble tiles and a generous floor-to-ceiling mirror. Adorned by a twig arrangement, the look is still modern with an organic twist.

Home Office

Ben's home office imbibes a more masculine appeal. The striking black and white colors create a decidedly modern vibe.

Home Office Detail

On one side of the room, an Arturo Luz abstract piece adds graphic style and a jolt of yellow color.


A custom-made bookshelf holds various books and display items and imparts a masculine vibe. The light gray area rug balances this off with its softness.


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