A chic gallery space dis­guised as an apart­ment

An apart­ment pop­u­lated by con­ver­sa­tion pieces


This newly ren­o­vated loft apart­ment is a pic­ture of an en­dear­ingly sub­dued panache—like Holly Go­lightly, with­out the naiveté. Upon en­ter­ing the indis­tinct door at the end of the hall of the 30th floor, I see a gen­er­ous cov­er­ing of stark white wood panel walls and a 180-de­gree dis­play of the Makati Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict. Wel­com­ing me is a scat­ter­ing of For­nasetti, ar­ranged as if the owner started col­lect­ing them in heaps then got tired of it when ev­ery­one started do­ing the same. I look to my left and on the wall hangs a vi­gnette of art meant to make an im­pres­sion, so I in­dulge and count clock­wise: Neal Oshima, MM Yu, is that a Sal­vador Dali? (yes, it is.) And… a pho­to­graph of a crys­tal so square and de­lib­er­ate it could ac­tu­ally be an Instagram shot. “It is an Instagram shot,” she cor­rects me non­cha­lantly. “I took it and had it framed. My friends didn’t think I was se­ri­ous.” It’s a snarky mes­sage to the first-time vis­i­tor: I can af­ford great art, but I don’t need to take it so se­ri­ously.

It is the ex­quis­ite bachelorette pad of an ex­so­ci­ety girl turned all-grown-up-no-non­sense woman—but, you know, still rich. The floors, for­merly par­quet, were stripped to con­crete. The living room is an­chored by Ken­neth Cobon­pue’s Kaja ta­ble. “Cobon­pue should put lin­ings so the plant pots can be taken out,” she says. Sit­ting on its stonecast are Kelly Wearstler ash­trays and an­tique sil­vers, and a coral sculp­ture from fine fur­ni­ture maker Ar­den Clas­sic in Cebu. The couch, ac­cented with Jim Thomp­son pil­lows, is cus­tom, de­signed by the owner her­self. She ex­presses re­gret over choos­ing white. “It’s gonna be a prob­lem,” she says. Since the ren­o­va­tion, no

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