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Architect Manny Miñana builds a neo-‘bahay-na-bato’ in Sta. Elena

THE SECOND-FLOOR living room is surrounded by louver windows, screen panels, and tempered glass doors, which slide open to allow the panoramic view outside to wrap the vast room. PHOTOS BY PATRICK UY

Taking elements of vernacular architecture, like wide overhanging eaves, pitched roofs, raised pile foundations and local building materials such as wood and stone, the country’s best architects started a trend in the 1970s.

Posted: June 18th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘The Best of Cocoon’: ‘The age of mass production is over’


As Filipinos become more open to modernist forms of architecture, their preference for mass-produced furniture and accent pieces is beginning to wane.

Posted: June 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Couple design a multilevel beauty on 200 sq m

STAIRCASES uses the usual elements—narra, glass andmetal. But the open and spacious design evokes free flow of space. It makes the small house seem light and airy. PHOTOS BY NELSON MATAWARAN

Every young couple dreams of having a big house with a driveway that gives one a sense of arrival and a backyard where kids can romp. But given the urban congestion and rising prices of real estate, narrow homes on narrow lot sizes have become the norm.

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

From design accent to cultural heritage

NATIONAL Artist Arturo Luz’s special collection; proceeds of the sale of these
carpets will help “Yolanda” victims.

The most lavish handmade carpets in Balmoral Castle, one of the homes of the British royal family, as well as in the palaces of the sultan of Brunei and of Middle East sheikhs, are made in the Philippines. Prized for the artistry, enduring quality and refinement of its carpets, the brand originally known as Tai Ping Luxury Carpets is rebranding itself as Pamana.

Posted: May 21st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Conrad Onglao’s new house is designed for company–then he met Zsa Zsa Padilla

CONRAD Onglao: “You get inspired by something and it takes its on a life of its own.” PHOTO BY PJ ENRIQUEZ

On a balmy summer night, the man of the house brings us to his bedroom. Although the ceiling is vast, it is a sanctuary of warm cream and neutral-colored elements, made even cozier by the come-hither lighting.

Posted: May 18th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »