The owner of this condo unit had to move from a spacious home in Manila to a smaller (50sqm) place of residence in busy Ortigas. Seeing the challenge of creating a relaxing home, he then turned to designer Fritz Santos for help, stating that he wanted a place that was "simple, functional, and elegant." Another challenge? Organizing all of these in under three months.

The unit, while void of any actual boundaries or walls, has clearly defined spaces—the kitchen, dining area, sleeping area, and living area. Fritz’s design solution was to separate these areas without restricting them by using transparent and flexible dividers.

“It’s a restful place, especially because the palette is very earthy, natural, and relaxing,” adds Fritz. The owner certainly agrees. “When I come home, all I want to do is relax. If that was the purpose of Fritz’s design, it really worked!”

(First published in Real Living, Real Homes section, as "Defying Small Spaces" in July 2007. Photos by Miguel Nacianceno; styling by Issa Villar; adapted for use in Female Network)
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