Industrial Style sets a 40sqm Bachelor Pad apart

A New York City-inspired space adorned with a 1930s-era Corinthian column, Edison filament light bulbs, and other vintage finds

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Interior Designer: Wilmer Lopez of WLopez Designs

A small condo can be just as stylish, functional, and comfortable as any big house. This potential is realized in a 40sqm bachelor pad owned by Francis Flores. In the hands of interior designer Wilmer Lopez, this weekend home now allows Francis to relax, unwind, and try a few of his ideas for his dream bar and lounge.

To make the one-bedroom unit more spacious, Wilmer first converted it into a fully open 40sqm unit. His next step was to create an industrial look by taking down the ceiling to leave the plumbing and wiring exposed. The walls were also stripped of paint and covered in bare, stark concrete. As the space is also a way for Francis to explore the possibilities of having his own business, the bar was made the focal point of the entire area. It is distinguished from the rest of the pad by the black-and-white chevron pattern on the floor. The space defined by industrial, mid-century modern, and classic interior design elements is completed with furniture from Space Encounters.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article (“Bar None”) in the February 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


In a small condo such as this one, every corner has to be maximized. The foyer is made interesting with a quote painted on the wall, a trio of classic Edison bulbs with exposed filaments, light switches with exposed wires, and a vintage rotary phone.

Foyer Detail

Framed photos are great conversation starters for guests coming in for a round of drinks while accessories add a more three-dimensional aspect to the otherwise flat space.

Foyer Detail

Filling up the foyer with black and white photographs and well-chosen decor adds instant character to the area.

Foyer Detail

A vintage safe from Francis's lolo is also used as a home accessory.


Choosing a statement piece is another good way to define a limited area. In the living space, the most eye-catching item is the yellow Chesterfield sofa. The button tufted seating with curved arms is a classic piece that leaves a lasting impact in the 40sqm pad.


All around the pad are little touches that add an extra layer of rich, visual, and tactile texture. Most of the walls have a raw concrete finish but in this corner, the column is highlighted by brick cladding. As he is a Ninoy Aquino scholar, Francis decorated the column with a framed note from the late president Cory Aquino alongside black and white travel photographs that he took himself. The nook is completed with a Papa Bear chair that showcases the modern vintage character of the space -- the mid-century modern lines and tufted back of the chair is a true marriage of both old and new.


To define the space, Wilmer chose a classic Corinthian column just like the ones that line the bridges near Malacanang. It was customized by the House of Precast and updated by painting it completely in black.


Behind the Corinthian column is the kitchen furnished with a red SMEG refrigerator that embodies classic vintage style because of its retro 1950s design.


The bar area is separated from the rest of the bachelor pad by the black-and-white chevron painted floor. A row of pendant lights and a quirky lamp sets the mood, mimicking the dim and moody lighting often found in Francis’s favorite bars.

Bar Detail

The bar itself is made more visually appealing by its gold laminate reflective finish and Galileo bar stools from Space Encounters.


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