Arts & Culture

Globalscapes: The PSID 2014 Graduation Exhibit

Bask in the beauty of different countries with an exhibit inspired by interior designs from around the world


The Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) Advanced Class of 2014 proudly presents "Globalscapes." The graduation exhibit features 22 spaces inspired by the architecture, art, and culture of different countries.

Visit the exhibit to see design styles from Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Oceania. You can even find inspiring ideas for different parts of your own home. It is also a way to appreciate the talent of the interior design students from PSID. 

The exhibit will be held from October 1-31 at the Supersale Hall of SM North EDSA, Quezon City.

Anchor photo by Suzette Co



  • Edusada, Donae
  • Morales, Kat
  • Rodriguez, Sasa

"Our objective is to combine the modern Australia and its Aboriginal culture by exploring a new approach to modernism and still incorporate traditional design. To exhibit an aspect of sustainable design, the lines between the outdoor and indoor will be thin but still distinct and by using concrete as our main material. The play of lines and angles will show our interpretation of modern using the existing architecture of Australia as our inspiration. Australian Aboriginal art will be displayed by using the techniques and certain elements as decor to blend with the modern details."



  • De Asis, Jerlyn V.
  • Javier, Bebette
  • Padrique, Mariciel
  • Sheikh Al Ghannameh, Deena S.

"Inspired by the modern architecture and the national sport of Brazil, the lanai is capsuled inside a soccer ball shaped glass dome where one can enjoy the views of Rio de Janeiro. The combination of acrylic glass panels with metal frame holds the space together providing a calm, uncluttered space and a sanctuary manifesting an urban living concept of a modern lanai. With the use of concrete, a sophisticated white clean look offers a rhythmic sinuous shape for the seating tinted with vivid colors of green, yellow, and blue - a depiction that is distinctly Brazil. This laidback luxurious built-in sunken space provides comfort while one appreciates the simplicity of the vista, set against the dynamic shapes and burst of colors.  A pocket garden on both sides with plants such as palms and birds of paradise reflects the charm of a tropical setting. Geometric droplights that compliment the form of the structure are interspersed for an overall finale."



  • Dizon, Ericka
  • Eseque, Mariel
  • Lomibao, Hannah
  • Marquez, Angel
  • Morato, Patricia
  • Sadsad, Allen


"This lanai’s focal point is a water feature that represents the Mekong River, which is one of the longest rivers in the world. A fountain inspired by their many temples complement it. Synthetic fiber for outdoor furniture for the living and dining area were used instead of real plant fibers. Cambodia’s traditional headdress drop from branches that spread out toward the ceiling creating dimension, and patterned pillows add color and accentuate the space. Warm tones serve to relax and soothe the senses.

With all these elements, this lanai functions as a breathing space from the rest of the house. The sunset is the backdrop of this outdoor retreat. Like the peace and tranquility of Cambodia, this lanai is one relaxing outdoor retreat."



  • Bustamante, Carina
  • Delfin, France
  • Enaje, Rachel
  • Miranda, Nat

"Our design is derived and inspired by Cuba’s rich history and the historical context of the said novel. Through the use of calm colors, undulating lines, columns, grillwork, and floral patterns, we are able to incorporate symbols of peace, a desire for progress, power, a lack of freedom, and nationalism in a space where individuals seek to cleanse and make themselves beautiful."

Czech Republic


  • Alegre, Ma. Natalia
  • Esguerra, Alexandra
  • Kim, So Hyun
  • Racelis, Gabrielle Mae
  • Sy, Dea Carina 

"Through our booth, we are hoping to take those who haven’t been to Prague on a journey to one of the greatest and most beautiful cities of the world and for those who’ve been here, to reminisce on the beautiful city they once traveled to. We want our viewers to be able to experience Prague as they see have never seen it before while seeing the bridge between industrial and modern design." 

  • Almanzor, Michelle
  • Carunungan, Pamela
  • Flores, Samantha
  • Huang, Patrice
  • Maron, Christinne

"Overall, this kitchen employs a black and gold color combination with hints of copper. Gold symbolizes objects that are imperishable, eternal and indestructible. Black represents fertility and resurrection, and Copper is the most refined metal by the early Egyptians.Color, material, and their significance were integrated into the design elements of the room namely the pillars, walls, and the ceiling.

The wine cellar suggests an atmosphere inside the ancient tombs; its curved entrance assumes a feeling of fluidity imitating the River Nile. It was inspired by the tomb of Sennefer otherwise known as the “tomb of vines.” Inside the wine cellar would be a generously illuminated wine display. The light in this room encapsulates the story of Moses and theBurning Bush. According to the well-known narrative, the bush was on fire, but was not consumed by the flames. Like the Burning Bush and the ancient history of Egypt, both signify remarkable beginnings."

  • Co, Suzette
  • Depano, Camille
  • Fedillaga, Miguel
  • Ngo, Amanda
  • Regis, Tom

"If Greece were to be known for one thing, it would be the grand story beyond its absolute beauty - a fusion of a vibrant history, a culture that cradled the society we know today, and the survival of a nation that must have undergone the most battles one could imagine. The group aims to bring about a space that’s a representation of its richness - a merging of Greece yesterday and today; an interplay of classic and modern - and in the process highlight one feat that stands true to the remarkable life of this country: Greek Mythology. From the love of a mother, to betrayal and falling in love, to selfless sacrifice: stepping into this booth is experiencing the glory that is Greece."

  • Celiz, Josh
  • Edquiban, Janelle
  • Pineda, Rolini
  • Soriano, Krizsha
  • Yao, Cat

"The series of intricately carved arches denote the most prominent and traditional Indian design element while the white color scheme suggests a minimal and contemporary feel. The peacock chair symbolizes India’s national bird while the deity image is a representation of India’s religious beliefs. The window seat niches, ceiling design, and swing chair give a more modern approach to a space whose theme is faithful to its customs and traditions."

  • Bardillon, Anna
  • Bugayong, Angela
  • Gumangan, Jeanne
  • Pascasio, Mj
  • Garcia, Trish

"Built with art and culture in mind, this study room uses Italian elements and clever design to blend seamlessly with the exhibit’s theme. From the tables to lounge chairs, lamps and cabinets, every item has their own take of traditional and modern to balance the look and pay homage to both the past and the present. In addition to this, each and every element in this study room were carefully chosen to achieve an original look that reflects true innovation of Italian interior design. The prevalent colour brown, striking pieces of art and smattering of global artifacts complete the globalized appeal of this interior space.

Coffered ceiling, wrought iron chandeliers, large picture windows, wood flooring and marble tiles are some of the elements of traditional Italian interior design that are incorporated in this room. Glass cabinets and table top are used to achieve the modern feel. Not just an accessory that adorns the fireplace, the painting’s special feature is also a spectacular element that makes its distinctive mark on the study room. Upon sliding the painting, there is a television that is ready for entertainment. Well-chosen accessories are also present in this interior space to evoke Italy."

  • Cabiltes, Jenina
  • Cam, Janine
  • Dong, Sandy
  • Dy, Sheena
  • Tan, Rhejayne

"The old meets the new in this concept of a Japanese dining area inspired by a Crane’s nest located in a grassland.  It is a contemporary space fused with traditional style incorporating Japan’s culture, customs, history, and lifestyle. The ambiance depicts serenity as it integrates harmony and balance with the natural environment of wood, stones, and water." 

  • Arambulo-Antonio, Cat
  • Cortes, Myrrh
  • Tan, Kim
  • Tesoro, Janis
  • Robles, Kady
  • Yu, Sharlene

"The warm color palette depicts the famous Kenyan Safari landscape and uses red, the color of bravery, as an accent in the interiors. The infusion of metallic colors add a more luxurious and opulent touch to the space. Original African accessories are balanced with contemporary artwork and local materials to bring to life a space that is new, fresh, unexpected and distinctly Kenyan."



  • Cabansag, Janina
  • Cristobal, Julia
  • Hernandez, Erika
  • Medina, Maxine
  • Padilla, Roanna
  • Piamonte, Armi

"Mexican designs are always beaming with life and color, drawing inspiration from their long history combining their pre and post Colonial influences. With a contemporary approach, we manifest the Mexican culture that is today with our rustic finishes, exuberant colors and shapes. Adapting our door, cornice and baseboards with tribal patterns from the Mayans and using modern materials available today we find balance between history and modern designs. With this, we also shaped our headboard through these patterns and showcasing the types of wood available in the Mexican market. Using acrylics and a good set of lighting we convey Mexico’s wild and fluid costumes with a modern twist into our ceiling design. As final touches we added a set of chair made of interlaced fabrics and Mexican tiles giving importance to the textile and tile industry.

By highlighting the wide-range of products produced locally, the modernized approach of the great civilization of antiquity and their fun, colorful life we materialize to you Mexico. Viva Mexico!"



  • Bañares, Jairus
  • Cai, Kunqian
  • Presquito, Farida
  • Santos, Erlyz

"The best representation of Peru’s culture is a festivity that has been celebrated since the olden times. The Inti Raymi or the Festival of the Sun is a significant historical celebration where art, music, tradition, beliefs, and cultural events are held. Its site is the well-known Sacsayhuaman where all felicitations are combined in awesome coordination. The costumes in the long running rituals are of varied and different colors, patterns, prints, texture and other details. 

All the features mentioned above were the inspirations in the design of the den and study room for this brief presentation. Marrying the antique aspects with modern accents and applications, the room defines and represents globalization."




  • Chua, Terrence
  • Gianan, Gabrielle
  • Lucero, Rainier
  • See, Andres
  • So, Kenneth

"The space is a contemporary interpretation of the sala (the Filipino living room) revolving around that ubiquitous interpretation of Filipino hospitality – connectivity.  Fluid and “maaliwalas”, design elements flow naturally from one to the other seamlessly, very much like the Filipino’s innate ability to blend and assimilate. 

Interpretations from the “okir” pattern of the Torogon House of the Datus and weaving techniques of the different tribes found in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are drawn upon. Neutral colors with hints of red are used with red being the most common textile color used amongst Filipino tribes and the single solid color that unified the Filipinos towards their courageous struggle for independence. It is a design that combines traditional and contemporary features that infuse native, indigenous materials such as rattan, capiz, ethnic textiles and local wood with high-tech structures, steel works, concrete and glass.

Combining all these elements, the space showcases a balance of old and new Filipino design, connecting the past and the present—a Globalized Yabang-Pinoy!"


"Russia is a country that values its historical, architectural and artistic heritage.  As a country that has gone through Mongol rule, czarist reign, European invasions and a Communist regime, it has received different design influences from both Asia and Europe; from which, an evident Russian style of design emerged."

"We wanted to pay homage, not just to the well-known features of Russian design, but also its not-so-popular elements.  We gained inspirations from various periods of Russian Art and Architecture. From the Byzantine era, we took onion domes and used them as decorative shapes on our cabinets and furniture pieces. From traditional Russian folk art, we took wood painting, known as Khokhloma, and reconstructed its distinct floral patterns into a ceiling and light fixture.  We used the shape of the faberge egg as a decorative feature in our splash board and metallic gold accents in the cabinetry inspired by the Russo-Rococo movement. Let us not forget the popular Russian souvenir, the matryoshka nesting dolls, using its prominent shape, we made an interesting furniture piece."

South Africa


  • Bullecer, Jasmine
  • Engracia, Paola
  • Go, Michael
  • Guerra, Felix
  • Ochoa, Nydia
  • Uy, Dana
South Africa

"This dining room is inspired by the captivating Ndebele art. The walls feature a geometric pattern of wood and leather.The three-and-a-half meter tall sculpture towering the room with clusters of glass cylinders dropping from the ceiling is a representation of the Baobab tree, an iconic South African symbol.

The warmth created by the red, orange, and yellow—colors inspired by the amazing South African sunset—juxtaposed with the famous backdrop of the safari, sets the overall tone and ambiance of the room."



  • Bonsol, Rhum
  • Isidro, Jericko
  • Velasco, Rusheen

"Overall, our design is a re-imagined Spain – a rustic colonial design with a modern kick. The idea is to arranged the different design elements prominent in Spanish culture and bring it to a new dimension. This was achieved through the multiple angles created throughout the space, using element of abstracted form and highlighting viewpoints that incorporate physics-defying, aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically fitting space."



  • Cantillas, Joan Lotus
  • Carlos, Karl Hansley
  • Dychinco, Donna Marie
  • Go, Julienne Mae
  • Millano, Angeluz

"What do you picture when you think of Swedish design? A familiar setting consists mostly of neutrals, white, and light wood - colours that blend in with long winter months. The design employed broadens this concept with the inspiration derived not only from culture, but also from architectural landscapes, famous skylines, and historic events. The utilization of Scandinavian aesthetics were used to show the predominance of simplicity and synchronization of material seen in the triangle shelves, the patterns which portray a creative disarray, the accessories that introduce Swedish heritage, and most especially, the ceiling design inspired by the northern lights, famously known as the Aurora Borealis.

Another design aspect is functionality. This characteristic is found in almost all Swedish concepts (think IKEA) reflecting the country’s uniqueness and adaptability to the surroundings. The design aims to represent the country in a manner which shows the Swedes’ appreciation for innovative yet striking design features where the audience will get to marvel in facts both known and unknown about Sweden."  



  • Benabaye, Vitoy
  • Chua, Lauren
  • Chua, Shirley
  • Dee, Irene
  • Mendoza, Tina
  • Ong, Daphne

"This bathroom suite takes inspiration from the architecture and interior of the Hagia Sophia where the focal point of the interior is its huge dome, a venerable Christian influence; and the minarets at its exterior are the symbols of its Islamic faith.  Since a major part of the Turkish culture is the Hammam or Turkish bath—a place of enjoyment and ritualized cleansing, this bathroom suite provides a sanctuary for relaxation, as well as a space for contemplation and deep thought, whether one is having a warm soak in the tub, a thorough cleansing in the shower, or a quiet moment sitting on an ottoman overlooking the magnificent view."



  • Aquino, Akai
  • Briones, Kath
  • Jardiniano, Anj
  • Ramos, Shai
  • Villarosa, Mika

"This bedroom design exhibits traditional Islamic architecture details likeintricate patterns and vibrant signature colors. All these were incorporated into the room to showcase the country’s identity. As a focal point, their national symbol, the Date Palm tree is integrated into the column design. This completes both the aesthetic and contextual appeal of the bedroom, for the Date Palm tree is a symbol of pride and fertility."



  • Canto, Carlo
  • Gabato, Ann Bernadette
  • Manuzon, Marina Nicole
  • Salarda, Kristine Lei

"The living area was designed to be homey and comfortable, yet still playing on the comical side of things. The first thing you’ll notice is the sitting area, which was made to look like the infamous Big Red Buses that roam around the city. The ceiling was inspired by the Timber Wave, a freestanding sculptural arch, built for the London Design Festival to welcome and invite guests to festivals.

As you look round the room, you can find iconic objects, like the Big Ben on the wall; a red telephone booth; and the London Eye coffee table incorporated in the space. These details recreate the stimuli of how it is like to walk along on the streets of Westminster."



  • Chua, Ann
  • Indigne, Czarina
  • Kobayashi, Arata
  • San Antonio, Valerie

"American Indians are a people abundant with creativity. With a deep belief in the spirituality of the nature around them, it is not surprising that many ceremonies and rituals abound in the different tribes. An exemplification of this is the powwow, a gathering that involves feasting, singing, and dancing. Such is the tone endeavored to be evoked in this kitchen’s design. Focusing on the Lakota Sioux tribe of the Great Plains Indians, different aspects of their way of living was incorporated into the concept. A popular item that originated from them is the dream catcher, which is known to keep the nightmares away. Translating this onto the kitchen’s ceiling and melding it with a structural form influenced by a tipi creates an intimate atmosphere. Dark wood contrasting against mulled yellow and teal hues generate visual excitement, which is also seen in the angular and geometric lines, as well as the rustic leather set against contemporary metal stools. All this resulted in a cozy, almost surreal ambiance, which is brought back to reality by crisp, contemporary lines and modern appliances.

The allure of native culture is not one to be forgotten or overshadowed by prevailing technology. If anything, it should be highlighted all the more to give its nation an outstanding identity; a design style that they can say is truly theirs." 


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