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A bolder Milo Naval

Foremost furniture designer goes for larger scale and maximizes use of natural materials
/ 05:04 AM February 21, 2018

To create an Asian vibe, Milo Naval uses bamboo and natural hues in this platform bed. It’s flanked by a writing table made of C3 laminated veneer and a marble side table. —NELSON MATAWARAN

A 19-ft-long “dao” dining table is supported by a single slab of marble, with upholstered dining chairs with tapered legs. A modular glass cabinet doubles as wardrobe storage. Floral lamps made of capiz are suspended from the ceiling. —PHOTOS BY NELSON MATAWARAN

Designer Milo Naval’s new OMO Furniture showroom is a study in contrast between the industrial look and the organic.

Against the industrial look of raw, concrete flooring, blackened walls and exposed pipes, his furniture’s organic feel floats in space—strong shapes of cubes, cylinders and rectangles, using natural materials and textures.

Every object is a design statement. His latest furniture is made to look bold with extra-large bamboo poles.

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Naval’s design is characterized by simplicity, function and comfort. The look is streamlined yet soft, and maximum function is derived from every part of his furniture.

Take the daybed—it has extra-wide, wraparound arms that can be used to cradle a tray or table.

“You won’t need a side table for this one,” he says.

A modular glass cabinet can be reconfigured depending on the space. Aside from being a display cabinet, it can be used to store clothes, with the rods provided.

In a tech-driven world where people are constantly connected, Naval’s nature-inspired furniture pieces, when put together, create a setting that neutralizes all that technology. He plays up the natural elements and prefers neutral colors to reflect the light. The soothing colors visually enlarge and brighten up the room.

Another trademark of his design is the low and wide proportions. They are inviting—you just want to plop yourself down on the two-seat rattan wing sofa or put up your feet on the wide armrests of the daybed.

Living a resort life in Sorsogon, where he and his wife Kay run the popular boutique hotel Siama, Naval is enamored with the outdoors. His house is a tribute to nature—natural wood, bamboo, woven rattan. Varnishes are kept light to lend sheen.

Naval updates the classic wing chair using loose rattan weave and wider proportions.

Among the interesting pieces is the lamp made from pili nut shells. Pili is Bicol’s major produce used as food and various oils. Naval collects the discarded shells and makes them into five-foot-high floor lamps and mini table lamps.

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He also uses seashells for lighting fixtures.

Naval’s pieces are in large, contemporary homes and resorts.

“We’re attracting a mature set of clients. They like a look that is natural and soothing. It’s very Asian,” he says. —CONTRIBUTED

Designer Milo Naval’s new OMO Furniture showroom is a study in contrast between the industrial look and the organic.

Against the industrial look of raw, concrete flooring, blackened walls and exposed pipes, his furniture’s organic feel floats in space—strong shapes of cubes, cylinders and rectangles, using natural materials and textures.

Every object is a design statement. His latest furniture is made to look bold with extra-large bamboo poles.

Naval’s design is characterized by simplicity, function and comfort. The look is streamlined yet soft, and maximum function is derived from every part of his furniture.

Take the daybed—it has extra-wide, wraparound arms that can be used to cradle a tray or table.

“You won’t need a side table for this one,” he says.

At no time in his acclaimed career does Milo Naval have a greater affinity to nature than now, after he’s built a boutique hotel in Sorsogon.

Milo Naval combines the natural and the modern: bamboo sofa and marble cube table with brass trim.

A modular glass cabinet can be reconfigured depending on the space. Aside from being a display cabinet, it can be used to store clothes, with the rods provided.

In a tech-driven world where people are constantly connected, Naval’s nature-inspired furniture pieces, when put together, create a setting that neutralizes all that technology. He plays up the natural elements and prefers neutral colors to reflect the light. The soothing colors visually enlarge and brighten up the room.

Another trademark of his design is the low and wide proportions. They are inviting—you just want to plop yourself down on the two-seat rattan wing sofa or put up your feet on the wide armrests of the daybed.

Living a resort life in Sorsogon, where he and his wife Kay run the popular boutique hotel Siama, Naval is enamored with the outdoors. His house is a tribute to nature—natural wood, bamboo, woven rattan. Varnishes are kept light to lend sheen.

Among the interesting pieces is the lamp made from pili nut shells. Pili is Bicol’s major produce used as food and various oils. Naval collects the discarded shells and makes them into five-foot-high floor lamps and mini table lamps.

He also uses seashells for lighting fixtures.

Naval’s pieces are in large, contemporary homes and resorts.

“We’re attracting a mature set of clients. They like a look that is natural and soothing. It’s very Asian,” he says. —CONTRIBUTED

OMO Furniture is at LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air 2, Makati.

The wide and low proportions characterize Naval’s design. The wing sofa has extended wraparound armrests that double as tables and seaters. Amini “pili” lamp with laminated wood base and rattan divider complete his design statement of Asian modern.

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