Tim­ber Design LAB is rid­ing the wave of artis­tic pas­sion that has swept this sea­side town

Real Living (Philippines) - - La Union - Bub­bles Sal­vador

A com­mon love for the sun, sand, and sea, as well as a pas­sion for art, brought friends James and Din Fuentes, Nikki Ocean, and Carmela Beni­payo to start Tim­ber Design, which they de­scribe as a “cre­ative col­lec­tive that fuses art with space design.”

Af­ter hus­band and wife James and Din moved to San Juan, La Union three years ago, they found them­selves with a steady stream of clients, start­ing with Flot­sam & Jet­sam Artist Beach Hos­tel. When the pos­si­bil­ity of designing the imag­i­na­tion­in­spired beach­front hos­tel was pre­sented to them, they said, “Let’s do it!” It was a leap of faith, Din says, as not one of them is a local of La Union.

More opportunities came when the roadside café El Union con­tracted James’s ser­vices as an ar­chi­tect, while Din was the in­te­rior de­signer for both the café and the beach shop. Lit­tle did they know that these projects would even­tu­ally set the stan­dard for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial spa­ces in the area. “It’s good for the com­mu­nity na

du­madami [yung gan­ito],” says Din. Ac­cord­ing to Nikki, who is the painter and cu­ra­tor of Tim­ber Design, most of their work can be viewed in spa­ces they ac­tu­ally live in. James and Din fixed up a worn­down house built in the ’70s, and re­vamped it with a “retro-pi­cal” theme (think re­pur­posed items and vin­tage me­men­tos). Nikki’s paint­ings, on the other hand, are on dis­play in her stu­dio home.

Din says they are lucky enough to still be able to do their work here with the same fiery pas­sion. “Yung shared mo­ments to­gether

na pareho yung syn­ergy niyo, [that is what makes ev­ery­thing worth it].” – tiM­Ber deSiGn laB, ur­Biz­tondo, la union; Mo­Bile 0915-835-2420; faCe­Book: www.faCe­Book.CoM/ tiMBerdeSiGn­laB; in­Sta­GraM: @tiMBerdeSiGn­laB

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