Under Nix Alañon’s imaginative eye, the unconventional becomes aspirational
There’s a playful energy encompassing Nix Alañon’s apartment. In the foyer, gallery lights illuminate a plush sofa decorated with monogrammed pillows and the monochromatic painting hanging above it. On a glass table is a jungle-like vignette of house plants, their large leaves adding an organic touch to the metallic accessories—a brass skull, for instance—and heavy art and design books piled in neat stacks nearby.
“Design has changed a lot,” Alañon describes the industry as it adapts to the digital age. “I would say [it is] for the better. This is the age of Pinterest. It’s very tricky… But sometimes it helps me because I have an understanding of what [my clients] want.”
He is undoubtedly excited, though, about the launch of his online store. It will be the latest addition to his growing empire, which already includes the office of his firm FTA Design and the showroom of his furniture store PhoeNix Home. Set in Poblacion, we would have gone there on foot from his Rockwell base, if not for the city heat and Alañon’s schedule of meetings around the city.
Back in his home, a solid slab of pink marble gleams in the light of the setting sun—it’s a dining table, a recent acquisition. It complements a white Italian marble coffee table in the living room some feet away.
But beyond the furniture, many of which come from PhoeNix Home, it’s the little trinkets and accessories that bring the space to life. “I like contrasts,” Alañon says. “I like mixing something raw with something refined.” For emphasis, he points out an antique dresser, juxtaposed with the brass hardware and stone top of his dining table.
“I aspire to create timeless interiors,” he continues. He defines his aesthetic as one that is global, inspired by his avid traveling. “When I was starting out, I liked to try out different styles, different trends. But growing up in design, I realized trends come and go.”
In both his showroom and home, Alañon has found a place to experience life in full color. Here, quirky patterns and plush textures punctuate Italian-inspired chic, and a generous serving of fun contrasts with clean lines and solid curves. It’s almost reminiscent of Alañon’s childhood pastime of setting and recreating theme parties with mismatched cutlery and china from the kitchen— except that with his decade-long experience in the design industry, his style of blurring the line between work and play has grown up.