Designed primarily for passengers on coach, the newly renovated Club Manila lounge is one of Naia 1’s best-kept secrets. It will make you forget—albeit temporarily—that Naia 1 is one of the world’s worst airports.
Hariraya Lounge and Business Center Corp., the concessionaire that manages Club Manila, commissioned interior designer Adefuin Design Studio to give it a facelift. The dark and drab interiors with its dilapidated ceiling were transformed into a warm, contemporary haven. Recessed lighting that bounces on shiny surfaces visually expands the room.
“I made the lighting design soothing so people can relax before their flight,” said interior designer Sigvard “Jigs” Adefuin.
He chose a more streamlined version of the Art Deco look in the lounge. The Art Deco influence is interpreted in the geometric and curvilinear shapes of the decor and furniture. The armchairs are curved slightly inward, inviting comfort and intimacy. Scalloped edges embellish the Italian marble-top tables. For panache, half-moon wall details jut from the faux columns.
Art Deco is also characterized by shiny industrial surfaces, such as metal and glass, to contrast the woods. The glass walls are lined with decorative vertical strips of paper in various widths that create a special effect. The combination of the shiny surface and uneven lines gives the lounge more visual depth. Adefuin said the reflection of the sitting areas on the glass walls emphasizes the interior design.
The color scheme chosen is a soothing neutral scheme with dark wooden furniture to anchor the room. The accent color of old rose not only perks up the room but also makes it feel cozy. A tan striped carpet underfoot warms the space.
The 300-square-meter lounge is compact compared with other lounges in the world. Still, Adefuin managed to create several areas for privacy. There’s a WiFi bar near the entrance where passengers can work on their laptops.
The focal point is the marble buffet counter, surrounded by travertine flooring. Guests can go around the buffet table and take their pick of sushi, dessert, coffee and nachos. The counter is bordered with large beveled mirrors that add luminosity.
Two seating areas are segregated from the main dining area by slatted dividers for some privacy.
Meanwhile, the adjacent Hariraya Coffee Shop and smoking area have become brighter and friendlier with its white background and contrasting black furniture.
Adefuin said that since Club Manila’s renovation, business has been brisk. Passengers on economy class pay P650 to use the lounge which also includes a light buffet, hot and cold drinks, wines and spirits and use of the restroom outfitted with a shower.