When was the last time you went on a vacation? Whether you travelled with someone or just want to have a “me” moment, you learn a lot of things around you whenever you discovered from art and architecture to local customs to even spirituality, all while having fun. Every country has something very unique to offer visitors.
However, going on a trip around the world can be quite expensive. Now, you can do just that while marveling at exquisitely-designed spaces for free as the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) Advanced Class of 2014 holds “Globalscapes”, a graduation exhibit running from Oct. 1-31 at the Super Sale Hall of SM North EDSA, Quezon City.
Marking the 47th year of PSID, this year’s exhibit showcases 22 exquisitely-designed spaces that showcase the beauty and cultural richness across six continents. The students not only took into account their assigned country’s culture but also basic design principles and ergonomics.
“What we want visitors to the exhibit to feel is that they have traveled around the world. At the same time, we want them to get to know a country through our exhibit,” says PSID Advanced Class of 2014 advisor Nicky Jardenil.
The exhibit is divided into different continents. One of the booths in the Africa section is Egypt, an elegant kitchen design by Michelle Almanzor, Pamela Carunungan, Samantha Flores, Patrice Huang, and Christinne Maron featuring the black and gold motif of luxurious Egyptian temples. The booth features pyramid-shaped lighting with settings for cooking and entertaining, marble countertops and island, custom-designed seating inspired by the Egyptian klismos chair, and a fully-stocked wine cellar. The kitchen also features clever and practical storage solutions such as a cabinet in the kitchen columns, a built-in cabinet for pet bowls, and Press Memory cabinets and drawers that open with just a slight push.
Also featured in the African section is the South Africa dining room by Jasmine Bullecer, Paola Engracia, Michael Go, Felix Guerra, Nydia Ochoa, and Dana Uy that incorporates safari culture and Ndebele art. There’s also Kenya, a design for a living room by Cat Arambulo-Antonio, Myrrh Astrid Cortes, Kim Tan, Janis Tesoro, Kady Robles, and Sharlene Yu that takes inspiration from the kraal, the traditional houses of the Maasai tribe.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s famous baths and mix of East and West are interpreted into a lovely Hagia Sophia-inspired bathroom space by Vitoy Bernabaye, Lauren Chua, Shirley Chua, Tina Mendoza, and Daphne Ong. The space features a walk-through layout, a luxurious tub area , and a mix of Christian and Muslim design elements
“Turkey is the only country that’s both in Europe and Asia, so we wanted to combine design elements from East and West. To us, there was no better place to look for inspiration than the Hagia Sophia,” says group member Vitoy Bernabaye.
The vibrant culture of the Americans also comes to life at the PSID exhibit. Ann Chua, Czarina Indigne, Arata Kobayashi, and Valerie San Antonio do an unexpected take on the USA through a kitchen design that incorporates Native American design elements, particularly that of the Lakota tribe. Their main inspiration is the dreamcatcher, a motif seen in the dreamcatcher-shaped ceiling and the twig-inspired chandelier. The kitchen is also painted in a bold mustard shade common in Native American cultures and an incorporation of Native American symbolism.
Other booths include South Africa dining room by Jasmine Bullecer, Paola Engracia, Michael Go, Felix Guerra, Nydia Ochoa, and Dana Uy that incorporates safari culture and Ndebele art. There’s also Kenya, a design for a living room by Cat Arambulo-Antonio, Myrrh Astrid Cortes, Kim Tan, Janis Tesoro, Kady Robles, and Sharlene Yu that takes inspiration from the kraal, the traditional houses of the Maasai tribe.
In the Asia section are India by Josh Celiz, Janelle Edquiban, Rolini Pineda, Krizsha Soriano, and Cat Yao, a den design that incorporates traditional Indian design elements such as arches and a peacock chair; Cambodia by Ericka Dizon, Mariel Eseque, Hannah Lomibao, Angel Marquez, Patricia Morato, and Allen Sadsad, a design for a modern lanai taking inspiration from the Mekong River, and Japan by Jenina Cabiltes, Janine Cam, Sandy Dong, Sheena Dy, and Rhejayne Tan, a modern take on the traditional Japanese dining space inspired by crane’s nests found in the Japanese grasslands.
Meanwhile, Europe is represented by Russia by Kaye de Jesus, IC Encinas, Rhia Flordeliza, Tony Lim, and Lesly Yiu, a kitchen design inspired by different periods of Russian art and architecture; Sweden by Lotus Cantillas, Karl Hansley Carlos, Donna Dychinco, Julienne Mae Go, and Angeluz Millano, a modern bedroom design that combines clean, functional Scandinavian aesthetics with architectural elements from Sweden’s famous landmarks; Spain by Rhum Bonsol, Jericko Isidro, and Rusheen Velasco, a unique bathroom design inspired by the flamenco dance and with a combination of rustic colonial elements and a contemporary look; Italy by Anna Bardillon, Angela Bugayong, Jeanne Gumangan, MJ Pascasio, and Trish Garcia, a study room that gives a more global, cosmopolitan feel to traditional Italian design; Greece by Suzette Co, Camille Depano, Miguel Fedillaga, Amanda Ngo, and Tom Regis, a lanai design featuring a geometric vertical garden, a rich color palette of blues and golds; United Kingdom by Carlo Canto, Ann Bernadette Gabato, Marina Nicole Manuzon, and Kristine Lei Salarda, a modern living room design inspired by the country’s capital and top tourist destination: London; and Czech Republic by Natalia Alegre, Alexandra Esguerra, Kim So Hyun, Gabrielle Racelis, and Dea Carina Sy, a dining room design inspired by two of the Czech Republic’s most popular tourist attractions, beer festivals and castles.
Lastly, Australia by Donae Edusada, Kat Morales, and Sasa Rodriguez, is a living room design that combines modern tropical architecture elements with Australian Aboriginal culture. It features the use of different textures concrete, a sustainable design technique common in Australia.