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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 (­, Joseph Ras­trullo (Manolo Liv­ing), Ito Kish (itok­, and Dem Bi­tantes (at A. gar­cia Crafts, LRI De­sign Plaza).

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