“mAtAgAl nA Ako nAg-upcycle ng mgA gAmit. At Ang fAvorite ko nA stores Ay hArdwAre At office supplies.”
bed-sitter. Albert’s headboard is composed of the backrests of Ambassador chairs that were formerly painted white.
“Noong ini-strip, narra pala,” he recalls.
BATHROOM BUDDY. there Are mAny filipino mid-century references in the ApArtment, like this 1950s-style shelving unit instAlled to corrAl toiletries in the smAll bAthroom. 1. WEDDING GIFT. The Venetian glass mirror by the main entrance is a wedding gift to Albert’s late parents, and it even bears an inscription of the givers’ names. 2. ABSTRACTED REALITY. A beautiful Lexygius Calip abstract hangs above the solihiya sofa in the second-floor sitting room.
3. STILL LIFE. This buffet table and candelabra are mid-century pieces. The still-life painting is by Lilia Lao, and the twisted metal “sculpture” is a pair of curtain ties from Ace Hardware.
4. FILE AND SORT. Albert believes this vintage chest of drawers—now located underneath the stairs— used to be filing drawers in an office.
Albert is fond of scouring secondhand stores. He found this ethnic rug from discount emporium HMR. The wooden folding chair is but one of the many furniture pieces he got from vintage furniture dealer Effie Saquille.
looks fAmiliAr. the unusual metal door handles of the bedroom door is a copy of the handles on the door to Albert’s gallery in pasay city.