Look Inside A Couple’s Homey 55-sqm Contemporary Condo in BGC
What do you do when the condo you had designed by professional interior designers to put up for rent turned out to be too good to rent out? You make it your getaway condo instead, like what a couple did with their 55-sqm contemporary condo in BGC. Upon seeing how Espasyo Manila Consultancy put together their unit, their plan took a 360-turn and never got rented out even after a year upon turnover.
According to interior designer Liel Gardon, the condo owners are both in the corporate industry—still working even when they’re already in their 60s—and lead a very busy lifestyle. “They bought this supposedly for rent, since they already have an Asian-Contemporary house in Makati. But then I guess they just wanna enjoy it first. It has then become a place for them to stay in within the metro, like their own hotel suite,” adds interior designer Alaina Santiago.
Upon entering the unit, guests are welcomed by a six-seater dining table customized to fit the lady of the house’s taste. “She’s very particular about things. She knows what she wants, although she doesn’t have an exact image in mind. She’s open to suggestions, but she’s very particular about the things we put inside: She has to have a lot of options, and it has to be of good quality and the best value for money,” Liel describes the lady owner. On one wall of the dining area is a beveled bronze mirror setup that reflects the natural light coming from the balcony, while on the other is one of the couples’ collection of artworks.
Aside from the chairs and other furniture pieces, the lady of the house is also very particular about the Asian feel the contemporary condo should have. “She wanted the unit to feel Asian, but not too traditional. And since they’re both elderly, they don’t want it too modern; it still has to be soft and not too Asian. So, we tried to use glass and mirror accents to balance off the wood details, and then we kept the color palette neutral,” describes Alaina.
The designers stuck with the neutral palette to highlight the couple’s art collection. The color scheme also makes the unit look neat and more spacious, and easy to match with any other design style the couple might want to try in the future.
While there are only a few pieces displayed in the condo when the CondoLiving team visited, Liel and Alaina share that the couple do have a lot of artworks in their house. The designers say they prefer to incorporate both old and new pieces (old being the couple’s existing art collection, and new being the custom-made furniture pieces) into the design so that the owners’ personalities are integrated into their own place.
The lady owner also requested outdoor furniture so the design team sourced a set for her, which now make for a great use of space at the balcony facing a public park. The designers say that the owners got lucky with the unit having a great view, especially when having plants (Yes, the plants you see here are all artificial) is not an option since they don’t stay in the condo often.
In the bedroom, the designers continue the neutral palette with beiges and grays. The gold details on the other hand give the room a classic look fit for the owners’ age and preferences. The bed faces a workspace, while on its one side is a bedside table. The designers chose not to put a lamp on the table so the owners will have more surface area to use, and instead incorporated two hanging lamps on either side of the bed that somehow frame the custom headboard.
“We didn’t want to do any major changes in a condo this size. We just retained whatever’s existing and just improved. To begin with, the area is okay, it’s not very tiny. We didn’t tear down any walls, but we added partitions to separate the kitchen and dining,” Liel points out.
Alaina adds, “We also improved the finishes and added a built up wall accent in the living room, to illuminate the area. Some people consider having a lot of lights last, but for us we want to give our clients a lot of options.”
The designers also share that the contemporary condo project turned out to be better than what they initially presented—which (we think) might be the reason why the owners are still not renting out the unit—and that the great communication between them, the clients, and their partner makers played an important role to make the build easy. “The clients are also the type who give us their full trust, which is maybe why they got us to do another of their properties in Makati,” concludes Alaina.