THIRD SPACE STUDIO CAFé: HALO-HALO CHARM This cozy dining hub is home to comfort food and refurbished finds
When asked what inspired them to put up Third Space Studio Café, owner and decorating enthusiast Elle Uy Aguell casually replies: “We just saw an opportunity.” There are no tales about long, drawn-out dreams, nor are there musings on restaurateur aspirations. Her husband, Yuseff, just happened to see the 400-sqm space and decided to take a leap—it was as simple as that.
This unpretentious approach extends to the studio-café’s menu, which consists of home-cooked comfort food, refreshing shakes, and milk teas; and to its eclectic interiors put together by Elle and Yuseff. eclectic the inspiration is our collection. We collect, we refurbish. So before
of scrap “Kaya siya kasi pa namin i-start ‘to, meron kaming bodega na na di pa namin alam gagawin. Ito yung resulta nun—ito yung lumang namin, lumang lumang furniture frames tables. Ito yun,”
chairs, Elle jovially relates.
Most, if not all, were bought from secondhand shops, vintage collectors, or were done by Yuseff, who used to run an upcycled-décor shop with Elle (she chronicles her decorating projects at decormehappy.com). Take, for instance, the old wooden school chairs that were used at the couple’s wedding—some are now in the café, the writing pads removed and turned into bases for a few of the tables. Yuseff designed all the lighting pieces as well, with the help of a welder.