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Colors, textures, and materials are celebrated in the living room. Symmetry is prominent as well on either sides of the niche. There are side tables, lamps, a bright abstract, lounge chairs, and small glass windows. The massive coffee table, sofas, and armchairs were customized by Asian Tropical Lifestyle. Get similar jars from L'Indochine in SM Aura.
This house is so conducive for lounging that decorator Gwyn Guanzon can’t help but plop himself on a chair (of his own design) in the lanai facing the swimming pool.
The approximately 1,200-sqm weekend house for a family of five is Gwyn’s most spacious project to date. Yet in spite of its ample proportions, the property is decidedly more inviting and less imposing, thanks to the abundance of open spaces and Gwyn’s playful decorating flair.
Three pavilions surround the outdoor area. The first one houses the living and dining areas blessed with a double height ceiling. There is actually a second level dedicated to the dramatic foyer, and this is accessible via the beveled stairs of alternating wood and stone bars—the home’s original pièce de résistance.
Everything comes together in the show-stopping living area, which features an interplay of textures and materials as well as pops of jewel tones. A niche becomes a focal point with its granite-print wallpaper serving as backdrop to the vignette of upholstered chairs and hourglass side tables. The aforementioned high ceiling serves as a backdrop to the custom “spider” droplights.
The client’s request for a streamlined, modern home was fulfilled, with pleasant surprises and quirks added for good measure. The quirks are sometimes quite literal. Take, for instance, the chunky marble-topped center table in the living room, which has a stylized corner recess that makes it modern and offbeat at the same time. This is another piece designed by Gwyn for this project.
OPPOSITE PAGE Take your pick and cozy up in the several outdoor seats—and it is not unlikely that more will eventually be added to accommodate guests for when the family hosts parties. The 12-seater outdoor dining set, as with most of the pieces in the house, is a bespoke piece designed by Gwyn and produced by Asian Tropical Lifestyle, a furniture manufacturer in Pampanga
opposite left The lone sculptural Lolah lounge chair on the deck is by Kenneth Cobonpue.
this PAGE The homeowners only had a few specific requests, one of which was to have a patterned fabric for the dining room upholstery. Gwyn decided on a tactile floral motif in neutral for the dining chairs. The sleek kitchen with matching island and stainless steel accoutrements is by The Canadian Kitchen Company, tel. (02) 671-4495.