Scandinavian And Japanese Sensibilities Marry In This 30sqm Studio
January 29, 2019
Project 1212, Inc. “The owner has always been an avid fan of Scandinavian interiors. This was perfect because we’ve been using the Scandinavian style as requested by most of our previous clients,” shares Ian. In fact, the owner used to stay in a condo that Ian’s team designed for another client. The owner liked the previous condo’s design, so he contacted Ian to do his newly purchased unit that’s conveniently located near his office. “With him being used to the Japanese aesthetic, he prefers the design to be clean and simple,” Ian furthers. Done in a refreshing combination of white, gray, and light wood, the minimalist studio condo is made more contemporary with hues of blue. “We agreed to use blue as his accent color because it reminded him of the sea, which is his utmost love and passion,” explains Ian. The owner, according to the architect, works at a local bank in Metro Manila and uses his spare time traveling and exploring outside the metro. Given the owner’s lifestyle, he requested for lots of storage space, specifically for his shoes, luggage, and diving equipment. He also wanted a Murphy bed, the hero of space-saving furniture pieces, which Ian had custom-made and integrated into the storage unit. Almost everything in the condo is customized, which is perfect given its modest area—the storage spaces, the Murphy bed by Buildrite, the workspace-dining area, and even the rug by Fili in the lounge area. The other items are sourced from Wallcrown, Uratex, All Home, Design Story, Landmark, SM, and Furniture Source. Meanwhile, the custom artwork that adorns the lounge is from Uchimura Gallery. “We removed the existing closet and replaced it with a custom built-in media cabinet with fixed overhead storage,” Ian adds, pertaining to the entertainment cabinet opposite the Murphy bed. Cove lighting is also added to the ceiling of the main area.