Industrial Style for an 89sqm Condo in Ortigas

A two-bedroom unit is transformed into a three-bedroom home with a different layout and brand new finishes

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

When it comes to decorating a condo, many homeowners tend to stick to the standard layout and the existing finishes. This means that the units in one building often have the same predictable look and feel. For this 89sqm Ortigas condo, interior designer Wilmer Lopez decided to do something entirely different.

Since Wilmer found the original three bedrooms to be too small, he tore down the walls to create a master bedroom and a living area that can also be used as a guest bedroom. He also changed the existing finishes—the boring ceramic tiles were replaced with polished concrete in the foyer, dining, and kitchen, and pinewood in the living area and master bedroom. The simplicity of raw concrete, the natural appeal of wood, and the quirky details of retro pieces have helped turn a cookie-cutter space into a unique home. 

Read the original article ("Industrial Beat") in the September 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.


At the foyer, the homeowner's helmets and jackets are placed on metal wall hooks. An old weighing scale is used as an umbrella rack. The homeowner's bicycle is also kept here so that it can easily be brought out.


To keep the shoes organized, Wilmer added cabinets with interesting doors. Apart from being in line with the industrial look of the rest of the home, the metal mesh doors also allow the homeowner to easily choose footwear.

Living Area

The existing wall was torn down to create a more spacious living area that can also be used as a guest room. The white wall makes the space look bright, while a cement wall and a brick column add character to the room. The space is furnished with a retro-looking, wooden writing desk that can serve as a spot for working. 

Living Area

The living area is also furnished with a green and gray sofa topped with mismatched pillows. At the center of the space is a wooden coffee table with a unique triangle shape.

Living Area

Wooden sliding doors separate the living and dining areas. From this angle, one can see the wall-mounted shelves and a flat screen TV placed on a wooden console table. The funky 1960s lamp is a vintage find from Evangelista Street, Makati City.

Dining Area

In this cozy corner of the dining area, a goldfish shares the space with live parakeets (not in photo) and faux pigeons (seen on the pillow and on the wooden ledge). 

The black spindle back chair, camoflauge-printed stool, and pigeon pillow are available at Space Encounters.

Dining Area

A six-seater dining table from Space Encounters is complemented with a mix of different chairs that came from the homeowner’s old homes. To anchor the space, Wilmer placed a maroon area rug under the dining table and chairs. The rug also serves as a pop of color in the predominantly gray space.

Dining Area

A closer look at the dining table shows the details of the white pendant lamp and the pair of spindle back chairs. The bare, unfinished concrete wall is adorned with an ox head.

The white pendant lamp is available at Space Encounters.

Dining Area

On one side of the dining area is a built-in console accessorized with a Mao ceramic figurine, a potted cactus, and the homeowner’s books. These decorative items share the space with a wooden tray filled with medicine bottles. The wall above it is adorned with a huge, framed artwork. 

Find similar frames at Space Encounters.


Wilmer replaced the existing kitchen cabinets with new cabinets made from gmelina wood. These new cabinets match the rustic, industrial-style interiors of the two-bedroom unit.


Since the home is part of a residential building, there is limited outdoor space. Wilmer made the most of the existing balcony by creating a charming mini garden. The homeowner's pet rabbit is seen checking out the gray floor mat.

Master Bedroom

Just like the living area, the master bedroom has wooden sliding doors. In line with the style of the rest of the home, the polished concrete wall creates a cool industrial feel. To add warmth to the space, Wilmer chose pinewood flooring. Wooden details in the home make it seem warm and comfortable.

Powder Room

The powder room is also carefully composed to create a strong industrial look with simple wooden touches. An unframed vanity mirror hangs above the white sink and ledge. 

DIY Ornament

A DIY ornament shaped like a hot-air balloon alludes to the homeowner's love of travel.

Have a similar one custom-made at Make It Up, 4/L The Podium, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Vintage Accessories

Vintage accessories such as an old camera, a satchel, and an old cash register make for a nostalgic setup.

Find similar items at Cubao X, Gen. Romulo St., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

Wooden Board

Create a  laid-back vignette with a potted plant and a wooden accessory.

Find a similar wooden board at Space Encounters.


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