RISING ABOVE THE ORDINARY

Interior designer Nix Alañon’s PhoeNix Home offers hard-to-find, beautiful accent pieces

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OLD meets new in this upholstered bench with animal feet—a dog’s to be exact.

PATTERNED accent chair

Decorating my home is an ongoing project. Paintings and pieces of furniture get swapped on almost a weekly basis. I realize that having children does not mean that one has to baby-proof the house; it only means that you can make things more interesting for them to look at.

I’ve scoured the city’s home décor and furniture stores and have not found anything new in a long time. Finally, out of the winding maze of Poblacion rises PhoeNix Home of Nix Alañon.

An interior decorator by trade, Nix started making furniture to satisfy the needs of his clients. In PhoeNix, I found pieces that I had a hard time finding; beautiful accent chairs and tables, armoires and throw pillows. Nix has a penchant for animal-inspired things, as seen in his chairs with animal legs, animal accessories, and even beautiful cowhide rugs from Argentina.

SALA setup is made interesting by Nix’s use of different textures and unexpected groupings. PHOTOS BY ALANAH TORRALBA

 

Three-dimensional

Displayed among the furniture and home accessories are the works of Eugenia Alcaide, an artist Nix had discovered. Her pieces have a three-dimensional effect when held up to the light.

NIX’S console is unique enough to stand on its own or blend in well in a sala setup.

Nix’s various collections are inspired by his many travels abroad. ” I like to see what is out there and what other people are doing,” he says. Nix then takes these inspirations to create his own pieces. Different patterns and textures dominate Nix’s collection, adding variety even to “safe” items, such as one of my personal favorites, accent chairs in white upholstery with silver bamboo detail on the side.

AN ALCAIDE artwork made of thread

3D-EFFECT artwork in pencil on silkscreen canvas by Eugenia Alcaide

Nix’s pieces are a good bet for those who want to venture into a more bold style. One piece from his collections is sure to punctuate a room. At the same time, the collection, when set up as a whole, works well together, and is not a shock to one’s conservative home decorating aesthetic.

PhoeNix Home is at 6075-B Palma St., Poblacion, Makati.

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