article_refined-rawness.jpgThis home is not a typical condo unit—there are no model-unit-perfect pieces, only gray brick, stark furnishings, and an intriguing, modern aesthetic. The owner wanted something different for her two-bedroom halfway house. "I wanted character; the whole unit should be a conversation piece," she says.

Her interior designer and friend, Frenjick Quesada, liked the challenge—and also that the owner gave him total design freedom and was in no big rush to see the finished product. "It was the kind of project you really set aside time for, because you get to express your creativity and push your boundaries," says Frenjick.

The partnership resulted in an industrial-themed (the owner's idea) condo unit. "May halong raw at pangit" is how Frenjick first describes his creation. It's not a typical way to depict something you're supposed to be proud of, sure, but he quickly adds that although the unit has a look that is "not usually perceived as beautiful," there's refinement behind it.

Be inspired by this uniquely designed space by browsing through the gallery.

(First published as "Refined Rawness" in the "Real Home" section of Real Living Philippines' May 2011 issue. Photos by Miguel Nacianceno. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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