This 35-sqm Budget-Friendly Condo is a Scandinavian Dream
Designed and owned by Architect Kenneth Surat, this 35-sqm space is a budget condo that doesn’t scrimp on style. After years of living and working in Dubai as an interior designer and events planner, Kenneth now resides in Manila as a freelance stylist. He resides in this quaint, Scandinavian space in Mandaluyong. He shares that his budget to fill the entire unit was Php250,000.
Upon entry, the kitchen and dining will be to your right and the living room is straight ahead, with the bedroom on the further end. The kitchen is fitted with the cooking basics: a sink, a counter-top, an electric stove, and range hood so the aroma of the food won’t crowd the entire unit.
The living area and the dining area across each other. To unify the spaces, especially since there is no direct alienation between them, Kenneth used pastel colors and cold light woods for the furniture and accessories. The dining table is paired with mixed-but-matched chairs,
The living room’s “coffee table” is composed of two varying tables for personality. Beside the couch, Kenneth also added a shelf that doubles as storage a ledge surface for the sofa. A ladder shelf was also added for extra storage, and doubles as a display of Kenneth’s personal pieces.
Most of Kenneth’s accessories are memorabilia from his trips abroad. The artwork in the unit are most photos, posters, and postcards Kenneth collected from his travels, this adds a personal touch to the Scandinavian, budget condo. Instead of dividing the unit with a wall, glass sliding walls were installed to make the unit look larger and for a continuous flow of light through the unit.
The bedroom is the owner’s favorite space in the Scandinavian condo. The use of grey and white color motif brightens up the space and makes it look larger than it really is.
A fraction of the bedroom accommodates a study table with a re-invented ghost chair that functions as Kenneth’s home office.