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“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.

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