article_out-of-africa.jpgEntering this condo unit is like stumbling upon an exotic locale—albeit a streamlined version, as it's sheltered within Makati's central business district. Organic forms, earthy materials, and the rich textures and patterns of the soft furnishings and wallprints come together to paint a picture of a chicly mixed up interior that works.

The sweeping two-bedroom unit owes much of its character to the nature of its owner's job. His work with a world organization that handles human rights takes him to the most interesting of destinations such as Afghanistan, Jordan, Amman, and Africa. "His job brings him all over the world. Along the way, he has collected character pieces which led to an eclectic assortment," says the designer of this project, Frenjick Quesada.

The owner's travel finds—anything from rugs and seating pieces to unique décor like the cardboard cutouts of famous cities—found their way to the foyer, living room, dining area, bedroom, and den. The result is eclectic yet edited enough to let each item stand on its own; crazy, but with a disciplined method to its outlandishness.

(First published as "Out of Africa" in the "Real Home" section of
Real Living Philippines' August 2011 issue. Photos by Miguel Nancianceno. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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