“Colour is the fin­ish­ing touch on ev­ery­thing...” - Marc Ja­cobs

Philippine Tatler Homes - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Sum­mer is the per­fect time to cel­e­brate colour. In this is­sue, we travel the world to bring you a se­lec­tion of ex­cep­tional homes where colour is a key ele­ment. Our cover story (p. 168) walks you up through four floors of Tim Yap’s town­house— de­signed by Carlo Calma—where every square inch of wall bursts with the colour and tex­ture of his con­tem­po­rary art col­lec­tion.

In the gor­geous light of a per­fect sum­mer day, na­ture’s hues, too, are am­pli­fied. Step into a sub­ur­ban sanc­tu­ary south of Manila de­signed by the ar­chi­tect Noel Saratan for Patsy Zo­bel de Ay­ala. His in­ge­nious ar­chi­tec­ture makes you feel im­me­di­ately one with na­ture as the lus­cious greens of tree ferns and palms, and the calm­ing blues of pools and ponds blur the lines be­tween in­doors and out­doors. (Nat­u­ral Con­nec­tion, p. 128).

In a sim­i­lar fash­ion, the vivid African sky seems to float right into The Ob­ser­va­tory, the spec­tac­u­lar home of IT en­tre­pre­neur Rory Sweet, nes­tled high in South Africa’s Water­burg Moun­tain Range (The Shel­ter­ing Sky, p. 156).

For a full-on play of colour, the Sin­ga­pore res­i­dence of the in­te­rior de­signer Wendy Smith is a must-see (Art of the Mix, p. 202). Here, Per­anakan style meets Matthew Wil­liamson in a bold and vi­brant psychedelic fan­tasy.

Also cause for cel­e­bra­tion is the land­mark show of the ac­claimed Filipino painter Elmer Bor­lon­gan. My thanks to Sheila Ramos for fo­cus­ing an in­sider’s lens on the artist and shar­ing her unique per­spec­tive with us (p. 70).

Find this and a lot more colour­ful in­spi­ra­tion on these pages.

FROM LEFT Trop­i­cal prints in the Sin­ga­pore home of Wendy Smith and Nis­han Weeras­inghe; both clad in plaid, Javi Martinez and Tim Yap in their study

cover cred­its: tim Yap en­gulfed in art along the stair­case of his town­house. pho­tog­ra­phy ald­win as­pillera styling: Mia Bor­romeo

Mia bor­romeoEd­i­tor, Philip­pine Tatler Homes

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