Small Living Spaces: Sustainable Interior Designs

In an age of congested cities and environmental issues, there is a strong call for innovative, eco-friendly and globally adaptive solutions for small living spaces. Celebrating 52 years of excellent interior design education and the 40th year of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), the graduating class of 2019 proudly presents HUGIS, ATBP. or “Homes Using Geometrically Inspired Spaces for Alternative Types of Built Places”. The interior design gallery features 12 design spaces under 30-sqm in 3 habitat styles, showcasing the concept of how design and functionality can co-exist in alternative spaces of varying shapes: round, triangular and rectangular.

Their ingenious and inspired designs for compact yet luxurious urban living use moving walls, hydraulics, space-saving furniture and sustainable media like reclaimed wood and box pallets, as well as locally sourced materials like rattan and bamboo.

Supported by Greenfield Development Corporation, these young visionary students are reinventing small geometrically inspired spaces into beautiful and practical homes, whether it’s an apartment, a house in the suburbs or a cabana in a resort! The gallery spans the entire 5th floor of Greenfield Tower in Mandaluyong City and is available from October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019 (8 AM to 10 PM Daily)! Free admission!

Parisukat at Parihaba Gallery (Square and Rectangular)

The first gallery represents urban living exhibiting square and retangular spaces.

Making Space – This colorful loft has a smart way of making use of the small living space. While they don’t have any accessories, they play with lights to change the mood. There are also a lot of cut-out panels in the walls for storage. With the retractable bed, this room can sleep up to 4 people.

Making Space
Making Space

Yugto – The word “yugto” translates to “chapter”. This stylish space is suitable for those who start a new chapter in one’s life by moving out–whether they’re single or are newly weds. They use up-cycled materials like crushed wine bottles which have been re-purposed into a glass window. They also use reclaimed wood and metal nuts for their high table and coffee table.

Yugto
Yugto

Art Deco in the Metro – Perfect for the young entrepreneur with a passion for whisky, this Great Gatsby-themed studio boasts a bar and a sunken lounge which gives the illusion of a larger space through division. The bedroom loft lies above the bathroom.

Art Deco in the Metro
Art Deco in the Metro

Bat Wait! There’s More! – This Batman-inspired apartment has walls that get pushed back from one end to another to maximize the space of either the living room or the dining area. After the tables are stored into the walls, the floor boards are opened to reveal the sunken bed underneath all along.

Bat Wait! There's More!
Bat Wait! There’s More!

Bilog Gallery (Circle)

The second gallery represents suburban living exhibiting round spaces.

Kalinaw – The highlight is the bathroom with a spotlight on the bathtub. This my favorite room! I must have this in mine!

Kalinaw
Kalinaw
Bathtub
Bathtub

Balay Habi: A Modern Treehouse – Balay habi uses woven materials like rattan and twine to create a rustic treehouse feel.

Balay Habi: A Modern Treehouse
Balay Habi: A Modern Treehouse

Shellter – Inspired by the conch shell, the space spirals inward to the most intimate section of the room: the bathroom. Above it lies the bedroom. The hanging waves have a Mother of Pearl finish to simulate the inside of the conch shell, and the checkered Capiz shells and coconut husks form details to accentuate the white palette.

Shellter
Shellter

Cuarto No Canto – The industrial living space is for an old soul. It has a generally dark motiff and antique accessories. The vertical wooden panels spin, acting like shutters.

Tatsulok Gallery (Triangle)

The third gallery represents resorts exhibiting triangular structures.

Silong – Bahay-kubo-inspired, this hostel-like beach house has a movable roof supported by a wooden pole to let the air flow through.

Silong
Silong

The B’laan Retreat – Inspired by the Mindanao tribe that uses brass work, this romantic cabin is located in the mountains and is perfect for star-gazing.

The B'laan Retreat
The B’laan Retreat

The Spear – Resembling a giant spearhead from above, this beach front room makes good use of DIY furniture and small living spaces. The bed is elevated on a platform with hydraulics that lift the entire platform to reveal the dressing room area. The expandable coffee table can be reconfigured to become a dining table.

The Spear
The Spear

Gotipino: Bamboo Lodge – Short for “Gothic Filipino”, this modern structure has Gothic arches, rattan and bamboo materials and an outdoor bath.

Gotipino
Gotipino

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