This Japanese Zen Rental Unit in Pasig Reminds Us of the MUJI Hotel Aesthetic!
June 14, 2018
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI actually has a hotel. While it might be miles away from the Philippines (The MUJI HOTEL in China), we found a condo in Mandaluyong via AirBnb that sports the same design style. Don’t be quick to say it’s a dupe, though, because it’s been a relaxing accommodation to renters a year before the MUJI Hotel even debuted. Owned by an Australian couple based in Melbourne, the condo was purchased to be placed up as a rental. Through a friend’s referral, the couple met architects Patrick Espiritu and Spencer Sy of PxP Design Workshop Co.. The couple gave PxP Design Workshop Co. free rein over the unit’s look and style. Without a specific clientele to work with, Patrick and Spencer got a design inspiration by coming up with an ideal renter in mind. “We pictured out the potential renter as a busy person, probably a girl boss. She would hop in her condo after a night out or when she would like to escape from the city’s bustle,” the architects share. To appeal to a wide range of possible renters, the architects kept the unit as neutral as possible. In terms of interior design, the Japanese design style is all about simplicity and minimalism. These two words greatly characterize this cozy and warm unit which is up for rent in Airbnb. In Japanese, Zen means meditation, relaxation, and balance. “We won’t know who will be staying here so we kept it as warm and versatile as possible,” shares Patrick. Patrick and Spencer played around neutral colors for the unit, highlighting the use of soft tones in white, green, and beige that characterize the zen style. The studio unit also plays with minimal and clean lines. In the bedroom, thin parallel wood installations serve both as the headboard of the bed and the anchor feature of the whole space. They also used textured wallpaper to further the calming ambiance inside. “From wood, we tried to balance out the mood with a different texture through the wallpapers in neutral colors,” adds Patrick. This combinations makes the future renters more at home.