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The Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) in cooperation with The Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP) celebrates 40 years of excellence in interior design education through its graduation exhibit entitled Forty, Filipino, & Fabulous; also dubbed as F3. The exhibit showcases masterfully designed and executed interior spaces that center on Philippine furniture as its focus. The exhibit aims to promote the ingenuity and creativity of Filipino designed furniture pieces in fabulous interior settings. F3 guarantees the fusion of furniture and interior design as a formidable tandem in creating livable, functional, and aesthetic spaces.
The exhibit center on 19 fabulous interior design settings executed by the graduates of PSID’s advance class of 2007. Each group was paired off with a manufacturer from the CFIP, working together to bring to life these wonderful interior settings. It took each group around 3 months for design conceptualization and 3 weeks of simultaneous construction at the exhibit venue to finally realized this milestone.
Meaning pure, clean, or pertaining with white certainly characterize this setting. Designed for a modern active woman, the fusion of glass and steel provides a chromatic ambiance that radiates in this interior. The resting area is distinctly separated from the working space via raised flooring with a corresponding ceiling that is dotted with shimmering “starlight”. The fencing mask and sword reflects an uncanny and dynamic lifestyle of its occupant.
A crown in every sense…inspired by the crown-shape sofa that conspicuously acts as the centerpiece, this interior exudes richness and balance of the traditional and the contemporary. With colors of black, gold, and purple; one is reminded of being in a majestic setting. The animal skin-patterned flooring and cover further adds to this mental image. The steel-crafted doors give a lingering imagination of what lies on the other side.
Decade of the ‘40s is the theme of this booth. The initial images that came to my mind were more of bell-bottom pants and over-grown shaggy hairs of the 70s; yet the design of this unit shelters the individual from the war-torn period of its time. It echoes of soothing jazz backgrounds and Broadway musicals in between sips of wine. The prominent arch and the several nude paintings greatly accentuate a taste of sophistication.
Literary meaning “the monkey?” in Filipino, the design revolves around the banana tree, giving artistic significance for this lanai unit. It attempts to define 2 aspects of the tree; the banana leaf is expressed by the divan and the ‘banana blossom’ is characterized by the lounge chair. The lighted candles, two wine glasses, solitary bottle of wine, and the single long-stem rose might connote an ambiance of romance?
A Spanish word meaning entrance, this unit extols manliness. For those who enter, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the brick-laden walls with multiple narra-wood shelves and its myriad of mementos. The floor on the other hand is harmoniously laid with white Italian tiles and lacquered wood; furthermore, ubiquitous solid and sharp edges abound. All these give the unit an overall feeling of vitality and strength.
The Filipino term for being ‘the youngest’ certainly brings the family’s full interest. Apart from the tendency of being spoil by almost everyone, the parents also showered the child with the very best. For this unit, the crib takes the focal point of attention; directly above is a kinetic orbital that provides for endless hours of subliminal motion. The soft variable intensity lightings provided the room with illumination that change with the daily cycle. The soft non-traditional motifs and natural-wood color floorings further added to the tranquility of the surroundings.
The smooth, refined qualities of the Filipino gentlemen is epitomize in this setting. Apart from the overall crimson rendition of the interior, its four corners harbor both the aesthetics and the functional. On the bed side are two water features with stochastically placed crystals which oppose the downward movement of water thus giving off the sound of flowing that soothes the senses. Two wine racks positioned on the other side of the room, towering over the bar table provided yet another distinctive character. Finally, the bed and elegant bar stools speak of a discriminate taste of the inhabitant.
The most used room in the house takes on a different light in this hi-tech kitchen. The use of rural and contemporary ideas, demonstrated by a mix of bamboo and car paint, is harmoniously merged to achieve a practical yet artistic environment. Like a canvas, the kitchen renders a play of texture in this unique interior.
“SERBESA” a Filipino term for any alcoholic beverage, which is packaged or served in ways that will soothe the taste of the consumers. A fusion that sets you in a calming state of mind and body that relaxes your mood… just like this bar lounge that offers you a cozy appeal, which surely mitigates every stress your whole working day had been.
Beneath the house and just on top of the earth is a place where chickens and junk are kept. With the structure’s potential and limitless possibilities we recreate and reinvent the space called “silong”. Inspired by the simplicity of the bahay kubo, we used wood slats as its primal interior-architectural element. The Filipino components are fused with European elements incorporated into the interior – bringing in a feel of ages past, a hint of the days of old – joining eastern and western influences and modernizing the whole concept of what a silong is.
“Taw-hay” an Ilonggo term “to unwind” for people to feel at ease, unruffled and be themselves.
Silid ni Malakas
What does a man do when there is no place for his toys in the home? Why, build his own cave, of course. This booth demonstrates how a converted garage can be an interior design delight. Here, two ladies take on the challenge of creating a very masculine interior space, going all-out even to the extent of searching for an aggressive BMW sport bike completing the look, and putting the room in a guys list of aspirations.
Contemporary tropical inspired by the Filipino culture summarizes this one of its kind bedroom. This relaxing yet trendy reprieve is a stimulating combination of contemporary and tropical designs. The daring use of lavish textures all come together to create one sumptuous entirety with the mix of the finest indigenous materials, the most intricate craftsmanship, and the most exquisite attention to detail.
Created for the music and movie enthusiast, this entertainment lounge is a mix of the modern and the eclectic urging you to let your guard down, ease up and unwind. It offers a temporary escape from the outside world
Entertainment has now taken a new dimension in our lives as style meets function in this visual representation of a lavish, contemporary Filipino home. It is distinctively classical yet functional and comfortable at the same time.
A luxurious bathroom, accentuated with soft curves and natural elements, serves as a gateway to that enchanting realm only imagined and felt in one’s solitude and dreams. A bath area inspired by the encantos and encantadas of Philippine Mythology, this bathroom gives a sense of serenity and charm like nature at its fantastic form.
As you enter the 21st century Filipino home, you’ll be amazed by its’ sleek yet Filipino at heart design. Using sheen combined with the texture of the natural materials creates a whole new world that will lead you to “Visual Overload”.
This is a representation of the modern Filipino couple’s sanctuary. The dual elements represent both the unity and the individuality of the Filipino and the Filipina. The rough and the sleek, the vertical and the horizontal, the warm and the cool, the traditional and the modern.
Elegance, Grace and Sophistication … characteristics that best describes this classy den. Attention is centered on the heavily carved daybed that serves as the area’s focal point. It is an extraordinary modern eclectic room mixed with the intricacy of the baroque influence.
Text taken from the press kit of F3. For full descriptions and other details, please visit their website at www.psid2007.com. The exhibit is on-going until October 31 at the basement of Paseo Center. All VRs produced on October 2007. This writer can be reached at: