The first time I stepped into this three-bedroom condominium unit on the 21st floor of a hilltop structure when it wasn’t turned over yet, my initial reaction was, “I want one!” (If only I could afford it!) The view was spectacular. Despite standing in the middle of all the construction rubble, I could not keep my eyes off the almost 180-degree view of Cebu’s cityscape, the Mactan Channel and the two bridges connecting Cebu City to Mactan. That beautiful picture in my mind set the tone for what was to become of this lovely new home for my client.
Working with the client was like a walk in the park, as she knew exactly what she wanted and was always on top of things. She was very pleasant to work with, something the entire HL Designs team, suppliers and contractors would attest to. She was very specific about wanting a cosmopolitan New York apartment feel, and opening the space up was a must.
So we tore down the walls of one bedroom and the kitchen, making the hallway bigger and extending the living area to the den. Customwood was commissioned to create solid wood sliding doors that open to the side and close on the corner—that way, when the need arises for a third bedroom for guests or to enclose the kitchen, doors can slide close and latch on the corner. The well-appointed kitchen was custom-made by Mobelhaus, and used mirrors as a backsplash for the bar counter to give the illusion of more space. One of the cabinet doors opens up to reveal a built-in refrigerator by Siemens, giving the kitchen a very neat look.
Given the limited spaces of condominiums, the client opted to convert one bedroom into a dressing room. Floor to ceiling custom closets by Mobelhaus line two walls, while one side is furnished with a day bed by the window and a niche for books. Her dresser was specially made by Sara Woodcraft to fit the space between a wall and a column. Wall lamps and a crystal chandelier from Illuminazione adorn the ceiling, giving it that glamorous touch. A special feature in this room is the column clad in a powder-coated metal sheet to keep all her magnets from family travels and special events neatly displayed.
Not to be outdone, the living and dining room is a sight to behold, with designer and bespoke pieces filling the space perfectly. Initially, she wanted a solid wood slab dining table, but because of elevator restrictions, bringing up a solid slab of hardwood up a flight of stairs was daunting. The butcher block table, made of acacia wood, was the next best alternative. Dining chairs were custom-made by Bespoke Interiors, my go-to supplier for all things bespoke. The neutral-colored sectional sofa from Natuzzi was the perfect compliment to the couple’s kilim rug from Turkey. Other designer pieces in the room include a geo cocktail table by Vito Selma, TV console by Clayton Tugonon, and a Chiquita stool and c-u-c-me lamps from Kenneth Cobonpue. Off his latest collection, the coral fan is a statement piece that welcomes people in the foyer.
As everything came together to make this place come alive, the view remains the first thing that people notice. After all, this sweeping view of the city has become the ultimate luxury and easily takes your breath away.
photography Christine Cueto
Originally published in Zee Lifestyle, May 2015. For back issues, subscribe via Magzter.