Modern Industrial style updates a Family Home

After years of living in a 150sqm condo, a family of five moves into a bright and airy house

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Styling: Dagny Madamba

Modern industrial design is an ideal choice for family homes because it looks refreshingly clean and clutter-free. Bare and simple spaces can also be affordable because there is no need for expensive elements. John and Bambi Camus chose this sleek and streamlined style for the first house that they have built together with children Lucho, Ally, and Nicolai. After living in a 150sqm condo unit for 15 years, they asked Bambi’s brother, Beijing-based architect Marco Torres to help them create their dream structure.

The couple wanted a spacious home with an open layout – something that they did not have in their former property. While they opted for a modest, reasonably-sized floor areas that would be easier to maintain, white walls, high ceiling, and the lack of solid walls make the 250sqm space seem larger. They even decided not to add another bedroom to the second floor so that the first floor can have a double height ceiling that would add to the illusion of a sprawling space.  

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The modern industrial design style of the two-storey house is best seen in its façade. Touches of wood add warmth to the raw finish of the cement walls and the straight lines of the wrought-iron balcony and gate.


Keep the things that you use everyday on display to personalize your space. The row of bicycles in this garden reflects the family’s active lifestyle.


In this garden, John and Bambi consider the wooden patio chair as the perfect spot for reading a good book or enjoying a glass of iced tea.


Inside, the whitewashed walls and white floor tiles of the living area are complemented by furniture with warm colors and soft textures. A brown L-shaped sectional sofa is adorned by colorful throw pillows and paired with a gray shag rug. Instead of traditional artwork, the wall is adorned with a glamorous portrait of the family.


In the living and dining areas, the white ceiling, walls, and floors provide the perfect backdrop for home décor and accessories in orange, green, yellow, and other bright tropical colors.


Pairing a brown L-shaped sofa with a gray shag rug makes the living area seem warm and welcoming for the Camus family and their guests.


The dining area is furnished with a candy-colored, all-glass table and reproduction Tulip chairs made of white fiberglass. Bambi shares that this dining set had to be kept in storage for years to protect their playful and energetic children. Hanging over the space is a pair of sleek droplights.


As with the façade, the lanai is defined by its striking industrial look. The ceiling covered with painted GI sheets is complemented by bare concrete walls. The area is furnished with outdoor furniture, including a few woven pieces that are inviting and comfortable.


White walls and floors highlight the black cabinets and countertops in the kitchen. For splashes of vibrant color, a trio of pendant lights illuminates the wooden bar which is matched with upholstered bar stools. Stainless steel fixtures and appliances complete the modern look.


In the kitchen, black floating shelves serve as additional storage options.


The architect of the house explains that the master bedroom could have had a bigger floor area but they decided on airy and open shared living spaces instead. The size has actually created a cozy and intimate feel that is emphasized by the use of rich earth shades.


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