STUDIO 24: An exhibit showcasing to the taste of 24 different dweller archetypes

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Millennials today, are setting trends across all markets. In the realm of real estate, millennials’ needs and preferences are even prompting developers to build more vertical housing units that feature micro-condos.

To show just how versatile a micro-condo space can be, despite its size, the Philippine School of Interior Design’s graduating batch of 2015 tackles its personalization with STUDIO24, an exhibit showcasing innovative design solutions that not only maximize the area but also cater to the taste of 24 different dweller archetypes.

Small Space Can Mean Big Potential
According to a study by Lamudi, 42% of the condo units for sale have a floor plan of 50sqm. or less. While the floor sizes decrease, the number of units in a building increases. Therefore, more tenants are accommodated. In exchange of proximity to lifestyle conveniences and the chance to actively socialize, first-time homeowners are choosing micro-condos over house and lots in the suburbs. 

Often, small condos carry the stigma of being cramped and limited. However, in the right hands micro-condos can be personalized into a dream abode.  With micro-condos becoming the norm, adapting one’s style to a small space is more of an opportunity than a challenge. As long as the space is customized to fit the style and needs of the homeowner, the small size is of very little consequence.

A Legacy of Thinking outside the Box
For the past 48 years, The Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), has nurtured and taught countless interior designers who continue to make their mark here and abroad. In doing so, PSID fostered a legacy of taking unassuming spaces and turning them into the ideal nests. STUDIO24 utilizes twenty-four standard 24sqm. spaces decked out in 24 popular trends inspired by unique personality archetypes. Each of the 24 styles fall under 3 main categories. 

Ladies’ Lairs evoke the colorful activities and interests of today’s independent women. The styles under it include; The Pastry Chef, The Socialite, The Romantic Writer, The Artist, The Classy Dame, The Bachelorette, The Shy Violet, and The Comic Geek.

Meanwhile, Man Caves is geared towards the modern male who lives a well-rounded and active lifestyle. Listed under Man Caves are the following: The Refined Gentleman, The Gadget Freak, The Young Urban Professional, The Sports buff, The Travel Bug, The Anime Aficionado, The Goth, and The Old Collector.

1. French Provincial / The Pastry Chef- The Pastry Chef uses distressed accents to evoke the simplicity of provincial France, while the predominant light green color brings a fresh and non-traditional twist to the room.

2. Neo Baroque / The Socialite- The Socialite's tufted walls and repetitive fleur de lys motifs are sophisticated and ultra-femme.

3. Modern Victorian / The Romantic Writer- The Romantic Writer uses plenty of wrought iron and guild work mixed with shades of blush to modernize traditional aesthetics.

4. Filipino Indigenous / The Artist- The Artist features the sinuous curves and geometric batik prints of the Cordillera region, paired with natural materials like bamboo and carabao horn.

5. Greco Roman / The Classy Dame- The Classy Dame is mature and elegant with its deep maroon curtains that act as dividers, and its marble floors that beckon images of a luxurious past.

6. Art Nouveau / The Bachelorette- The Bachelorette's use of diaphanous fabrics and large wooden furniture evokes the femininity of the Art Nouveau period.

7. French Rococo / Shy Violet - The Shy Violet's open space allows the use of brightly colored ornate furnishings against its subdued gray background.

8. Pop Art / The Comic Geek - The Comic Geek's space is bright and colorful with obvious nods to Pop Art like the Brit telephone booth-inspired bathroom and Campbell's soup coffee table.

9. Island Tropical / The Retirees - The Retirees has a soothing tropical vibe courtesy of the natural wood and woven fabrics, and floaty fabrics.

10. Modern Chinese / The Power Couple- The Power Couples integrates Chinese silks, stoneware, and lattice work in a minimalistic yet lavishly detailed space.

11. Asian Contemporary / The Newlyweds - The Newlyweds has a youthful and fresh feel with lots of furnishings being customizable to accommodate more guests.

12. Mediterranean / The Travel Team - The Backpackers focuses on a less popular but equally beautiful Mediterranean country -- Morocco. Using Oji arches for space separation and a predominantly white and blue palette keeps it breezy and clean.

13. Modern Contemporary / Brothers In Arms - The Brothers in Arms uses both rough raw finishes and clean polished accents to create a space that is masculine and creative.

14. English Country / The Spinster Sisters - The Spinster Sisters utilizes chintz and floral to exude the feel of the English countryside, while ivory and blue give it a classic touch.

15. Italian Renaissance / Gay Best Friends- The Gay Best friends is opulent and gilded with rich curtains and lavish pillars to create segregation.

16. Deconstructivism / The College Buddies- The College Buddies is inspired by the sharp angles of sound waves, resulting in a deconstructivist space that boasts a multi-functional space fit for socializing.

17. Art Deco / The Refined Gentleman - The Refined Gentleman's abode is a direct homage to the luxurious and sensuous era of the 20s. With lots of gold and black, it is extravagant without being excessive.

18. Industrial High Tech / The Mechanic- The Mechanic uses lots of industrial materials and dark colors for a sleek and masculine vibe.

19. Vintage 40s and 50s / The Young Professional - The Young Professional prioritizes the marriage of comfort and function in this colorful yet classily subdued space inspired by the 40s & 50s.

20. Bauhaus / The Sports Buff- The Bauhaus inspired interiors of this unit evoke cool and clean with the all white palette and stark furnishings.

21. Modern Egyptian / The Backpacker- The Backpacker uses geometric prints and warm tones to evoke the spirit of the Egyptian style it's largely inspired by.

22. Modern Japanese / Anime Aficionado - The Anime Aficionado's condo is moody and hi-tech, making it the perfect space for the Japanese style accents to take center stage.

23. Neo Gothic / The Goth- The Goth takes traditional accents of the Gothic era through curtains, rose windows, polished wood, and iron accents.

24. Filipino Colonial / The Old Collector- The Old Collector brings the Bahay na Bato look to the condo-scape with capiz and dark wood accents.

Lastly, Perfect Pairings celebrate dynamic duos and the passions they pursue. This category houses the following styles: The Retirees, The Power Couple, The Newlyweds, The Backpackers, The Brothers in Arms, The Spinster Sisters, The Gay Bestfriends, and The College Buddies.

“We want to show that our budding designers can not only adapt to the new norm of micro-condos, they can use ingenious, imaginative, and innovative design solutions that not only showcase their talent but also show dwellers how to transform their space,” shares Pojie Pambid, Dean of PSID. 

The exhibit runs from October 3-31 at Ronac Lifestyle Center along Paseo de Magallanes. 

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