THE CONTEMPORARY- FILIPINO MIX
The tricky part about combining these two styles is that you have to balance them―you have to make the look Filipino enough without appearing too “provincial,” but it can’t be too contemporary that you miss the point of maintaining the Filipino feel. Interior designer Nina Santamaria shares what elements you can play with: 1. Art: An art piece by a contemporary artist, particularly one that is executed differently such as a collage, instantly changes the vibe when paired with a Filipino piece like a rattan chair. Contemporary Pinoy artists who mostly do abstract works are Eugene Jarque, Bernie Pacquing, Lexygius Calip, and gus Albor.
2. Lines and shapes: A shelf that takes the shape of the
bahay kubo roof doesn’t have to look “native.” Just stick to thin, contemporary lines so the piece does not become overwhelmingly Filipino.
3. Filipino furniture: when creating a contemporary Filipino home, you can still use traditional Pinoy pieces like the
gallinera or butaca chair, but you should also combine these with modern pieces by Filipino designers, such as vito Selma (www.vitoselma.com), Joseph Rastrullo (Manolo Living), Ito Kish (itokish.com), and Dem Bitantes (at A. garcia Crafts, LRI Design Plaza).