Picturesque home aesthetics are often associated with remarkable interior design. However, veteran designers know that developing a space should primarily elevate the standard of living without compromising practicality and functionality.
With the foresight of elevating small space living into human-centered home design, the graduating batch of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde’s (DLS-CSB) Interior Design program collaborated with Moldex Realty, Inc., to showcase their exhibition event, Delineate: Design Destinction Through a Spectrum of Individual Diversity.
Senior Interior Design students were given the rare opportunity to design and construct ten condominiums (five studio units and five one-bedroom units) from the Grand Riviera Suites, Moldex Realty’s 55-storey bayside condominium development along Roxas Boulevard.
Given only a span of three weeks to fulfill their artistic visions, it was an impressive feat for the budding designers to transform each personal creative space into the forefront of condo living within such a short amount of time.
“[This opportunity] helps our students to be ‘real-world’ ready and working hand-in-hand with real companies with Moldex will really teach them a lot through this experience. You can only teach so much in the four walls of the classroom and here, this is a possibility for them to learn so much more,” said Maria Cynthia Funk, DLS-CSB Environment Studies associate dean.
A fresh approach to represent today’s urban and compact lifestyle, Delineate places the essence of true urban living at the core of each design solution. This progressive change offers a new type of living for the 21st century condo dweller. A lifestyle change, that defines design and its true purpose — progress in living.
All designs were presented to a distinguished panel of judges composed of Interior Designers, Regine Viola Cello and Charlene Marguerite Valondo, Moldex Realty’s Director Imelda Uy and Arch. Lorenzo Raule, and esteemed Moldex client, Ms. Christine Yang.
After careful deliberation, students Anne Michelle Malto and Francesca Palanca claimed first place for redesigning Unit 1521, a one-bedroom unit with neutral yet bold modern Filipino tones.
“Culture fuses with modernity to create a soulful atmosphere in this compact, functional, and welcoming space. The rich ethnic roots of the Filipino paired with understated modern elegance capture a timeless allure in an ever-changing world. Neutral tones, organic elements, and sophisticated décor effortlessly blend together to make you feel truly at home,” said Malto and Palanca.
Designer tandem Deyu Cai and Francine Wong followed in second place with Unit 1522, also a one-bedroom unit with refurbishing that conformed to “modish living for the self-made alpha.”
“Unit 1522 is made perfect for a young professional who finds the convenience of condominium living appealing without sacrificing 21st century aesthetics; it encourages the art of living simply by having less areas to clean and maintain, perfect for people always on the go. A cool dark palette of blue and green in used sparingly through accents across walls and specific pieces. However, the ceiling, flooring, and most of the walls remain white for the perception of wider space,” Cai and Wong said.
In third place, Enzo Ricafort revamped Unit 1514B, a studio unit with a light and clean neutral color scheme blended with a touch of nature’s elements to bring warmth and subtleness to the space.
“In a chaotic environment with concrete jungles, skyways and heavy traffic, man can’t help but seek tranquility. [Unit 1514B is] simple, practical and functional — it is a modern man’s compact abode and a retreat away from the chaos of the city,” Ricafort exclaimed.
Finally, designer Patricia Atienza bagged the People’s Choice award for Unit 1514B, a studio unit with the interiors based on “Photography” as its theme.
“It is my intention to let the occupant feel that his presence in the room is always a captured moment and an interesting subject for photography. Every corner of the room is designed for a camera-ready feeling, with proper background and lighting. Mirrors are set not only to give the room that spacious feeling, but to also let the occupant have that comfrotable feeling of always being ready for a photoshoot,” said Atienza.
These winners will have the distinct honor of having their designs featured as part of the new frontline model unit offerings for Grand Riviera Suites.
As an institution committed to education, DLS-CSB is dedicated to giving its students real-life experiences that will help them become real-world-ready. Moldex Realty supports this and believes that young talents should be given the opportunity to pursue their passions. This partnership is part of Moldex Realty’s 360 corporate campaign. As a real estate developer that offers furnished and ready-to-move-in units to its clients, Moldex Realty paves the way for young talents to showcase and hone their creativity and skills.