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RL Picks: Top 8 Modern Family Dining Rooms

Discover how well-furnished dining areas make sharing meals and creating memories even more special


In many homes, the dining room is one of the few spaces that can bring loved ones together. Family members grow closer to each other when they are gathered around the table, breaking bread and exchanging stories.

A stylish and functional dining area with modern touches can improve your dining experience. Draw inspiration from these interesting modern spaces:

Quirky and Industrial Condo Unit For her condo, homeowner Chiqui hired interior designer Frenjick Quesada to create an industrial space. After a six-month renovation period, the unit has been decorated with quirky, original pieces.

In the dining area, the gray brick-finished wall is adorned with pop-out hooks that Frenjick found at Dimensione. The droplights are from Lights and Play.

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1960s Bungalow with Vintage and Modern Pieces After couple Ito and Tippi Ocampo inherited a 1960s house from Tippi’s grandmother, they went about fixing it with one underlying thought: to keep its vintage vibe. So most of what they did, really, was to clean, repair, and repaint. They kept the original brick structure and didn’t touch the house’s layout—even the light fixtures were retained.

The chairs are reproductions of Verner Panton's cantilevered stacking chair, a design classic Ito and Tippi found at a garage sale.
One of the walls in the dining area is adorned with a Bernie Pacquing diptych given by the artist himself.
A closer look at the chandelier hanging above the dining area.

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Renovated 1960s Home with European Style For his bachelor pad, Daniel de Castro knew that he needed a space that’s “modern without being cold, minimalist yet comfortable, and functional without sacrificing style.” To create the two-bedroom condo of his dreams, he turned to interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo for help.

In the dining area, a tall wooden shelf with a built-in wine cabinet is filled with books, accessories and a Blow-Up Citrus Basket by Campana brothers for Alessi. The silver basket is a new take on the traditional fruit bowl or table centerpiece. The dark, heavy look of the shelf is balanced by the clear material used for the Victoria Ghost chairs (a version of the popular Louis Ghost chairs). Designed by Philippe Stark for Kartell, these transparent chairs are inspired by the classic Louis XV armchair and made with modern polycarbonate material.

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An Architect’s 50sqm Condo Architect and designer Allen Oblena’s 50sqm bi-level condo unit is furnished with recycled furniture, thrift store finds, and DIY pieces. While the furniture and accessories found in his home come from different places, they all coexist in harmony in Allen’s interesting home.

Bent plywood dining chairs have replaced the yellow chairs that the area used to have. The slim silhouettes of the dining table and chairs do not compete with the feature wall behind it, which surprisingly, Allen is willing to change.

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Three-Storey House with Modern Industrial Style Even at the beginning of the design and construction process for their house, Mitch and his wife Shelley knew that they would have a unique home, one that fits the small 140sqm lot that has an odd triangular shape.

The Modern Industrial house is filled with fascinating pieces made from old materials such as a house number from scrap metal tubes, a Mac G3 CPU tower used as a mailbox, a wooden gate and dining table legs made from train tracks (traviesa), and stainless steel fast food preparation tables now used as work desks.

In the dining area, the leftover wooden train tracks used for the gate were used to create the legs of the dining table. It is paired with sleek metal dining chairs purchased in Pampanga. The neutral colors, sleek lines, and minimalist feel of the area are balanced with a sheet of yellow floral wallpaper that covers the main electrical panel board on one wall.

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130sqm Condo with Colorful Elements Hailing from advertising backgrounds, couple Michael and Joee Manalo had a clear direction for the design of their 130sqm condo unit. Some of the goals they set were a kid-friendly environment, a maximized space and of course, the aesthetic they wanted. With the help of interior designer Pinky Cruz-Peralta, they were able to pull off what they call the modern country look they had in mind.

Batibot chairs are paired with traditional seats in metallic finish. The mirrored surfaces of the ceiling and dining table create an illusion of space. Dramatic pendant lamps by Mike Aguas complete the look.

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A Family’s Renovated Home in Malabon Getting contemporary interiors to stand out can sometimes be a challenge. Not so in the case of the Cayco family home, which uses retro design elements and an impressive collection of local art and designer furniture to turn the renovated 1960s house into something special.

Artfully composed, the dining ensemble is not a readily available set, but is made up of carefully chosen pieces. The table, host chairs, and regular dining chairs were all sourced from different stores.
This Little People chandelier by Cobonpue was actually customized for the Caycos. Mau shares that the original design only featured a few red-colored "people" among the gray ones. She requested for a chandelier with five extra figures in five different colors to represent each member of their family.

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50sqm Condo with an Open Layout Interior designer Miguel Pastor created a bright and airy 50sqm home for homeowner Rey Lañada by combining two one-bedroom units. The high ceiling and the open spaces are complemented with white walls and white furniture pieces.

The dining area is furnished with a wooden table, a bench, and clear acrylic chairs. The big candleholder and the candle in it are gifts from singer-host Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, while the birdcage is from Regalong Pambahay. The space is illuminated with a white chandelier, which the homeowner bought from Dimensione.

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