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