A home re­plete with wild (and Wilde) imag­i­na­tion

How does a jew­eler’s home look if she reads Os­car Wilde?

Red Magazine - - Contents - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY EDRIC CHEN

It is un­der­stated lux­ury. Ex­quis­ite, but not at all flashy. “Sim­ple, with a bit of rock and roll,” the jew­eler calls it. This pad has been the home of her fam­ily for ten years, but be­fore that, she spent some four years in Thai­land — where she stud­ied ge­mol­ogy — and this ex­pe­ri­ence is ev­i­dent in her aes­thetic. Aside from the Thai cu­rios and fur­ni­ture she has brought back home, she is fond of pieces from Ito Kish, Nix Alañon and W17. Her cu­ra­tion of her home is very per­sonal. “It’s eclec­tic and quirky,” the jew­eler shares. She grav­i­tates to­wards clean lines and geo­met­ric lin­ear shapes, per­haps an ode to the na­ture of her work. “I find them very in­trigu­ing. But no, I did not like ge­om­e­try in school.”

Wel­com­ing you are can­vases lined on the walls and on con­sole ta­bles — art­works of her chil­dren. The liv­ing space en­joys nat­u­ral light­ing, pro­vided for by wall-to-ceil­ing glass win­dows. Perched on the higher ground of a tow­er­ing con­do­minium in the heart of Makati, the in­hab­i­tants en­joy a 180-de­gree view of the cityscape. Books are every­where. We ask, “You like to read?” She an­swers with a smile, “Very much. Peter Mayle, David Sedaris and def­i­nitely Os­car Wilde.” A woman who reads just thinks dif­fer­ently. She possesses a fic­tional vo­cab­u­lary; she un­der­stands syn­tax and the im­por­tance of the plot, to which she trans­lates her per­spec­tive of the in­nate beauty of things. The home­owner, ex­pect­edly, gets a kick out of un­ex­pected de­tails, much like her fa­vorite au­thor. Os­car Wilde was a pro­po­nent of the art move­ment Aes­theti­cism, char­ac­ter­ized by gilded wood, Far East­ern styles, blue and white (pay­ing homage to porce­lain and fine china) and the prom­i­nent use of na­ture, such as flow­ers, birds and feath­ers. In her liv­ing room are terrariums, lamps un­der glass domes and paper cut-out love birds in­side a wrought iron cage. In her bed­room is a painted gold feather, like a quill, by her red­wood con­sole ta­ble. “I wanted it all over the walls, but my hus­band stopped me,” she laughs. “I guess he thought it looked too fem­i­nine, so I yielded.”

She changes things around in her home fre­quently — ev­ery three months. “I am a firm be­liever in change,” she as­serts. “A space needs to breathe. There has to be some flow.” She ad­mits her need to slow down when pur­chas­ing big pieces, how­ever. “Other­wise I would have to move into a house!” She also chooses not to read home and de­sign mag­a­zines be­cause they tempt her to buy things she doesn't re­ally need. Through this prac­tice of tem­per­ance, her dec­o­ra­tive choices are purely hers and her hus­band’s.

Her fa­vorite area of the home is her chil­dren’s bed­room, where the whole fam­ily bonds.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: A paint­ing of the fam­ily por­trait by Gere­cho Iniel Cruz hangs on the liv­ing room, com­ple­mented by a geo­met­ric ta­ble by Vito Selma. The por­trait of the Viet­namese lady is from Thai­land, and the small sketch of the home­owner is by...

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