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6 design trends for today and tomorrow’s home

Would you like to travel in time to peek inside houses? Old family photos are infinitely fascinating in part because we see how homes from yesteryear looked like, and how our elders lived.We begin asking our grandparents if the printed table cloth in the picture is still around (and if we can have it). At the same time, movies and magazines divine and suggest how tomorrow’s homes will look.

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  • Booth 11, “Modern Moorish” designers: Patricia Masaoy, Bea Dalistan, Fergeli Marasigan , Lai Graciosa, Khristle Prado, Maureen Lutero, Louricia Gardiloa
  • Booth 12, “Modern Tropical” designers: Pamela Cato, Michelle Bueno, Erika Elejido, Nikki Manalo, Joana Chua, Ysa Zuñiga
  • Booth 16, “Modern Filipino” designers: Irah Chan, Gabrielle Chua, Dianne Lin, Eunice Ong, Christine Mariano, Janica Uy
  • Booth 17, “Rustic Luxe” designers: Vy Chug, Jojo Go, Aaron Lim, Sharah Musa, Roxy Ramos, Lia Tipon
  • Booth 18, “Design Deconstructed” designers: Gene Santiago, Abea Llorin, Gea Cobico, Anne Tan, Kate Li, Ena Espinoza, Hannah Dumlao
  • Booth 23, “Funk Art” designers: Kat Guinhawa, Casey Uy, Dianne Versoza, Jen Vargas, Jasha Orsos, Yaise Dueñas, Mina Madarang

If you could walk into bedrooms, dining areas, and bathrooms of houses of the past, present, and future, would you? What do think you’d find? Well, the graduating students of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) hazard educated guesses in an exhibit called Evolution. Twenty-four different “rooms” are housed at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong until October 31 – each affording curious glimpses into what was, what is, and what could be. A walk through the halls of the students’ creations starts in the “Past” gallery where groups were instructed to design around iconic chairs of various designers such as Finn Juhl den and Warren Platner.The journey continues over the next two galleries: “Present” and “Future” – with each booth reminding us of things we love about being home. Here are some standout concepts and ideas from standout booths. Don’t forget to scan the QR codes with your smartphone for an in-depth view of all the designs mentioned below.

The outdoor home experience is more romantic.

The “Modern Moorish” lanai/patio perfectly blends details with function. For an accent wall, the group incorporated a water feature that can be instantly converted into a movie wall once a built-in screen is pulled down. “The typical lanai we know is for hanging out, but we want to make it different,” explains PSID student and booth co-designer Lai Graciosa, “Instead of watching inside your house, we provided an LCD projector and wide sofas so people can lie down.” Inside Booth 11, experience how it feels like to sit under the stars. Feast your eyes over the group’s ceiling detail that mixes glass and wood.

Dining is a feast for all five senses.

We are usually done with home meals within a few minutes. But the “Modern Tropical” dining room should make anyone stay for a month-long (or even more) feast. “The whole design concept aims to stimulate all the five senses,” says Booth 12 co-designer Michelle Bueno. “For the sense of sight, are vibrant colors of the room. The sense of hearing is tickled through the overhead water feature that is meant to mimic waterfalls. The real greenery around it provides texture for the sense of touch.” Wall installations include real moss and terraria of cacti!

The rise of “his and hers” spaces.

Sharing a bathroom involves complicated dynamics – even for couples. This is why the present-day concept of a modern Filipino toilet and bath at Booth 16 is a welcome sight for anyone who envisions natural elements in a shared space. A curved honeycomb divider with rose-gold capiz panel houses a shared tub. “You can turn the capiz shells inside and out,” explains co-designer Janica Uy, “This way, you can change the way the room looks like every now and then.” Outside, a mirror divides the room into two parts where the rest of the facilities are separated. It’s an incredible space for the early morning rush where a his-and-hers corner gives him less excuses to ask her where his things are (or vice-versa).

Lighting moods are used to change a room’s feel.

“The Rustic Luxe”living room is “about the creative mix of colors, texture, and pattern,” says co-designer LiaTipon, “To make the perfect balance, we decided to marry them.” Booth 17 of Evolution is all about plush furniture, shiny décor, and different light settings for various moods and functions. Check out the accent wall on the room’s left side: boxed lights wonderfully placed to mimic tufting.Co-designer Aaron Lim revealed to Manila Bulletin that the sophisticated pattern of the wall can be a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. “It’s made out of your regular plywood that you cut into squares,” he explains. “We measured the distance between the installations and, when lit, they give an illusion of depth.”

 We continue to do more with less.

Condo dwellers know the value of every square meter. Sectioning a studio space, for example, requires technique to be able to maximize space. The “Design Deconstructed”bachelor’s den at Booth 18 illustrates how a 24-square meter unit can be divided into three zones. “We divided it in three areas,” explains co-designer AbeaLlorin, “We have the bar, a game area, and a lounge.” Refined diagonal lines cut through the space while the ceiling and light mixtures were kept to a minimum. Don’t worry, the toilet and bath is there somewhere.

Personalization is still king (or queen).

Any millennial would feel right at home in the“Funk Art” master bedroom. “It’s inspired by pop art and the art movement of the 1950s,” tells co-designer Casey Robins Uy. “Instead of primary colors, we used more muted colors for a modern pop-art feel. Our ceiling is a repetition of geometric patterns that go straight to the headboard.” Booth 23 was conceptualized for a Lady Gaga fan, thus its unique character. “But we still made sure that the space is workable,” Uy continues. “We have grunge and rustic finishes (to give a feel of) New York and used colorful accessories to give the space life.”