A Cozy Condo with a Modern Filipino Touch

Getting a large unit is Makati or BGC is a marker that somewhere along the lines, you have done something right in your career to purchase that swanky address. Meet Alfonso Sy, a businessman with multiple brands under his care, ranging from a cross fit gym to a modelling agency. With a busy schedule that requires him to be in the metro, Alfonso has recently moved into a 120+ square meter unit. He recalls telling himself 10 years ago that he would one day live in this Art Deco inspired condominium in Makati. Goal accomplished when he finally got the perfect unit in the said property. He also made the big move due to the small space the used to live in. “I can live in the 40 square meter unit but I could never entertain in it and I love to entertain but I can only have three guests over in my old apartment,” he shares.

In the dining area, a is Wing mirror by Daniel Libeskind. Kenneth Cobonpue’s Wave table is matched with chairs from Our Home. Sophia Calima shares not to be scared to mix designer pieces with affordable ones.


Inspired by the unit’s exterior and The Great Gatsby aesthetic, he contacted friend and interior designer Sophia Calima’s help to convert the space into an Art Deco condo. After studying in the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, working in large design firms in Milan, Chicago Singapore, Manila and with Kenneth Cobonpue, Sophia is now working as a freelance interior designer in Manila.

The Richard Arimado artwork in the living room is accompanied by a mixture of patterns and textures from the pillows, carpet, and coffee tables.

The designer explained to her client that a full Art Deco theme would be too heavy in a tight space. Trusting his designer, Alfonso’s unit has subtle remnants of the design style’s geometric shapes and metallic details. While custom flooring pattern and some custom wooden furniture both by Sophia add a warm and inviting feel to the unit. Some pieces from Rubio and Legaspi add a Filipino flair to the unit although Alfonso admits that this is only a fraction of his collection, Sophia curated the pieces that would work in the space.

A Prizmic & Brill Kipling Desk as an old world charm to the guest room.


The unit was a constant collaboration between the designer and the client. The result is a simple yet grand and functional unit. While one can notice the style first, Sophia points out that funcitonaly was her main focus on all her projects. “Design should help you. It affects your day to day life,” she shares.

The masters bedroom boasts of a geometric wall made with the contrast of metal and wood.


For Alfonso though, the unit is far from over. “Interior design is a constant process. You’ve never quite done, you move pieces around and you acquire new artworks, you take down some, and so on,” the happy client adds. With his dream address in the bag and a well-designed unit accomplished with the help of Sophia, Alfonso’s new home is a place to throw grand Gatsby parties for his constants.

This story first appeared on CondoLiving June 2017. Edits were made for condoliving.onemega.com

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