MARTINE ADMITS THAT HER CURRENT WORKS ARE PARTLY INSPIRED BY THE PANORAMIC VIEWS SEEN FROM HER HOME.
“I wanted a vintage-slash-Afro-Scandinavian look for the children’s rooms,” says Martine. Her five-year-old daughter’s room is also infused with art, including a collection of Steiff toys inherited from her mother Barbara Jackson. The fabric on the daybed is from Designers Guild, available locally at Rubeni Textiles at Eduque St., Makati City. using beads as a medium (her commercial pieces were stocked in US interior store Anthropologie, and she also creates commissioned beaded portraits). But in recent years, she has returned to ceramics, of which organic shapes and bulbous curves are her trademark—all hand made using the coil method. “My beaded work had shifted into a commercial space, and I desperately wanted to return to art and ceramics,” says Martine, whose mother was the renowned South African ceramicist Barbara Jackson.
Martine now balances her time between creating new ceramic pieces, teaching ceramics, running a ceramic school, and working on product development under her own name. While her mother’s works inevitably influences her, she says that she has found her own artistic voice, and her current series is partly inspired by the panoramic views she has from this apartment.
While dark and textured shades are her favored palette, Martine was conscious of not making the space feel small, which is evident in subtle design decisions such as adding openings in dividing walls to let light in, and going for the granite floating staircase that takes you to the top floor of the building. It opens onto a glass-walled conservatory that leads onto a deck with a plunge pool, day bed, barbeque, and a wall of built-in planters filled with indigenous plants and succulents planted by Martine.
The rooftop deck area is where the family of four spends their summers. During the day, sheets of blinds shield them from the sun, and at night, the mountain and ocean views transform into a twinkly sea of neighborhood lights. “The views and light this apartment provides cannot really be described―you have to see it to believe it,” says Martine. “It was very cleverly designed to capture it all.”
OPPOSITE PAGE To go with the rest of the apartment, Martine chose matte black glass doors for her kitchen, creating a clean, streamlined look. The island was kept white for contrast. The stainless steel objects on the kitchen shelves are works by artist Carrol Boyes.
THIS PAGE Martine’s rooftop deck overlooks both ocean and mountain. The outdoor Nupe stools are from Nigeria. For a similar stool, get the “Puff Zigzag” from Kettal at Casabella, MDI Center, Taguig City.