Rouge awak­en­ing

A mu­tual love for art and an­tiques and the vi­brant shade of red de­fine this young cou­ple’s home

Red Magazine - - Contents - PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY STAN­LEY ONG

Two de­sign de­tails stand out in this young cou­ple’s home. First, the strik­ing red color. “We chose it to com­ple­ment our Ar­turo Luz paint­ings,” ex­plains the woman of the house, “red be­ing the pre­dom­i­nant color of his works.”

As for the an­tiques that abound in al­most ev­ery nook and cranny, th­ese were ac­quired in­di­vid­u­ally and way be­fore the cou­ple even met. How for­tu­nate to find some­one who not only shares your pas­sion for such pieces, but comes from a fam­ily that ap­pre­ci­ates them too. A crys­tal chan­de­lier given to them by the lady’s mother-in-law is among their prized pos­ses­sions, as is the pre-war paint­ing, The

An­nun­ci­a­tion by Isidro Ancheta, an art­work from the lady’s dad.

Whether it’s an­other an­tique or a book to add to their grow­ing col­lec­tion, this cou­ple goes by a sim­ple dec­o­rat­ing rule. “Sur­round your­self,” de­clares the lady, “with the things you love.”

A paint­ing by Al­fredo Esquillo, com­mis­sioned on the oc­ca­sion of the homeowners’ wed­ding, hangs over a red Ch­ester­field sofa. On ei­ther side of it is a pair of an­tique

Chi­nese vases on or­nately carved black Chi­nese stands. An an­tique mir­ror cof­fee ta­ble sits on top of a sisal rug.

Trio of Colo­nial-era re­li­gious paint­ings, in­clud­ing a Damian Domingo on the up­per left.

All of the art­works in the foyer are by Ar­turo Luz. Fur­ni­ture is Philip­pine Art Deco.

An­tique horn

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