Often, a home is just that--a space where you can retreat to after a day’s end. For this condo's unit owner, however, the pad was meant to showcase all of his passions.

“I wanted a 3D representation of myself and everything I loved: cooking, photography, graphics. This space is a mini-gallery of everything I do,” he shares.

The home, as the owner describes it, is “Scandinavian-industrial.” “My place is inspired by the places I’ve been to. Na-inspire ako when I went to Norway and nagustuhan ko din ‘yung practicality ng Scandinavian design (My place is inspired by the places I've been to. I was inspired when I went to Norway and I fell in love with the practicality of Scandinavian design),” he shares.

However, his aesthetic choice isn’t exactly popular in his home country. “When I started decorating, hindi commonyung Scandinavian furniture sa Philippines. It was hard to source the furniture,” shares the owner, revealing that sourcing was the hardest part of the six-month decorating process. But the bane turned into a boon: “I’ve learned that if you can’t source it, just make it.”

It was in line with his plan to personalize the space, from redoing the condo layout to creating lamps from Lego pieces and tripods. He outfitted the walls with his very own artwork, such as a blown-up Lomo image and a graphic poster listing all the places he’s been to.

Scroll through the gallery to check out his stylish pad.

(First published as "Into the Deep" in the "Real Home" section of Real Living Philippines' November 2011 issue. Photos by At Maculangan. Pictorial Direction by Joanne Bohol. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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