Cute cottage


I’ve been cleaning up my iPhoto, making backups of backups and uploading them to Flickr for storage, when I found this album from last year. This is the Antipolo weekend home of Wilmer Lopez and Thor Balanon, the design duo behind the hip home store Space Encounters. We featured both their store and their house in Urban Zone. I thought of sharing it with you because it shows what you can do with a small space using vintage furniture and a lot of creativity. The lot area is around 200 square metres and the floor area is 95 sq m.


Cute little bungalow with a door painted in apple green. They left the concrete un-painted and installed newer windows.


Wilmer, an interior designer, was guided by Scandinavian design principles. While Thor’s love for oriental pop-culture from different eras is reflected all throughout the house. Check out the poster of a Chinese soldier from the 50’s a young Mao Zedong.


Wilmer and Thor scoured second hand shops in search of Danish design finds. The rest of the furniture were reproductions – either sourced abroad or made locally.


Mid-century modern furniture.


I adore furniture appliances. I remember when my parents’ old TV came in the form of a side table. This is a phonograph from the 50’s. When not in use, the top goes down and it becomes a console table.


Chairman Mao lamp made of resin. I ended up buying one at their shop.


There’s a tiny courtyard/lanai adjacent to the dining room. I love that most tropical homes find space for outdoor living. It’s very important in terms of harnessing wind (for cross-ventillation).


Sorry that these are all outtakes from the shoot. I don’t have cleaner shots. But this gives you an idea of how the limited space they had.


They tried to maximize space by using benches (instead of dining chairs), a huge mirror and that built-in cantilevered ledge. Floor to ceiling drapes also give the illusion of a higher ceiling.


Their tiny kitchen gets a boost by having exposed beams instead of an actual ceiling. There’s an opening on one side that allows natural light in. Wilmer used light veneers on the buffet/counter surface. Lights were placed inside the cupboards, lined with frosted glass.


Thor and Wilmer.


Their den-slash-TV room is a dream come true for big boys. They had vintage toys and lots of collectibles. Check out that original Bruce Lee poster written in Vietnamese (?).


One of my favourite movies of all time – E.T. I can watch this over and over (and Wall-E too). I think it’s written in Vietnamese or Khmer, can anyone ID?


GI Joes


And more…


If you like Thor and Wilmer’s taste, check out their store Space Encounters and their new coffee shop Subspace both in Ortigas.



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