The Best and the Brightest in Philippine Interior Design
These interior designers and decorators possess creativity and an impeccable eye.
1. Jonathan Matti
Jonathan Matti Design Associates
There is always an old world aesthetic flair in seasoned designer Jonathan Matti’s works. His residential projects are rich and bold, reminiscent of a classic opulent period but at the same time, these spaces are never overwhelming and have a certain warmth that can make anyone feel at home.
2. Eric Paras
Interior designer and furniture maker Eric Paras is a household name in the design scene here in the metro. His store, A11 can attest to his sophistication and brilliance as a designer. By carefully studying design history and trends, Paras can beautifully marry his global aesthetic with Filipino craftsmanship and design, making his style inspiring and stimulating not only to clients but to fellow designers as well.
Notable Projects: The Henry Hotel, A11
3. Tessa Alindogan
Alindogan Design Group
They say it’s never too late to follow your passion. This rings true with designer Tessa Alindogan who had already completed a Master’s degree in Education before switching gears and taking up design in London before establishing her Alindogan Design Group. While Alindogan admits veering toward mid-century design as a personal style, she says that simple lines and good proportion play a big role in all of her residential and commercial projects.
Notable projects: Y2 Hotel and other works
Tessa Alindogan's living room
4. Ito Kish
Ito Kish is a creative with a myriad of artistic ventures. While he recently closed operations at KISH, a beautifully curated home store in Makati, he is currently a creative consultant for a number of companies and organizations. Kish is also a furniture designer, having a number of local and international awards under his belt. Kish Interiors offers interior design services where Ito helps each client edit their spaces and let their personality
Notable Projects: Ito Kish Interiors
Home accessories by Ito Kish
4. Nix Alanon
Nix Alanon's love for contrast is evident in his residential and commercial projects. He mixes contemporary design with organic pieces, combining and refining different styles to make a space global but timeless. Alanon also opened PhoeNix Home which showcases bespoke furniture and home accessories.
Notable Projects: Rajo!, Catabolic, Mesa (Rockwell), Lombardi’s Shangri-La
5. Mark Wilson
After years of studying and practicing the profession out of the country, Interior and lighting designer Mark Wilson is a partner at WE Design, which focuses not only on effectively designing spaces but enhancing them through functional and aesthetic lighting techniques.
Notable Projects: Tesoro's flagship store in Pasay, Kultura at SM Makati, Filinvest's Residencia Sta. Fe
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6. Tania Fricke Lichauco
Having a natural eye for beauty and developing creative flair, Tania Fricke Lichauco's work combines neutral tones with hints of colors and modern lines in furniture to create timeless and relaxed spaces for her clients.
7. Yola Johnson
Artist turned craftswoman Yola Johnson's use of well-designed and locally crafted furniture in traditional and modern lines makes for a unique ambiance inside a tropical home. Her attention to detail and artistry is demonstrated through her residential works. Johnson also owns Soumak, a home decor and furnishings line together with her daughter Popi Laudico.
Yola's dining room contains many rustic touches.
8. Nina Santamaria
With over 15 years of design experience under her belt, Nina's success stems from thorough research, proper communication, and understanding of clients' needs before coming up with design solutions. She follows the "form follows function" design philosophy, which shows in all of her residential and commercial works.
Notable Projects: Grupo Santamaria
Nina's group kept the interiors of lifestyle boutique
iTrulli bright and refreshing
9. Gabby Lichauco
Open House Manila
Gabby Lichauco has made a name in the field by focusing on home decor and furniture and opening up Open Studio, a multidisciplinary design practice which incorporates innovative and sustainable design and ideas.
Notable Projects: Sarsa Kitchen, Schema Booth at Manila Fame
10. Cynthia and Ivy Almario
Design duo Cynthia and Ivy Almario put up Atelier Almario here in the Philippines after practicing in Los Angeles for almost fifteen years. Their success and expertise in varied residential projects catapulted them to commercial projects like bars, restaurants, and hotels here and abroad.
Notable Projects: Astoria Boracay, Romulo Cafe, Gigi Coffee and Cupcakes, Movenpick Cebu, Midas Hotel
Living room design by Ivy and Cynthia Almario for WORLDBEX #interiors #interiordesign #worldbex2017 #designph @almarioi @margicruz #atelieralmario Many thanks to our sponsors: Studio 11, Tile Gallery, Spectrum by Larry's, Shelter, Lazo & Lazo Furniture, Arrozal Metal Craft, Renaissance Art Gallery, Elvis Garden and Landscaping, and J.E. Santos Construction
11. Rene Orosa
Rene Orosa Design
Interior designer Rene Orosa has had quite a handful of residential projects not only here in the Philippines but also abroad varying from condominiums, homes, and even public spaces. He creates interiors that are timeless and cohesive to the architecture and setting of the space while still incorporating the personality of the owners.
Notable Projects: Rene Orosa portfolio
Spaces decorated by Rene Orosa
12. Maja Olivares-Co
Sonia Santiago Olivares & Associates
Interior designer Maja Olivares-Co took her masters and worked abroad before taking the helm in their family's design and consultancy firm Sonia Santiago Olivares & Associates (
Notable projects: Dalmore Whiskey's first flagship store in the world, Dalmore Cigar Lounge, Fundador's first flagship store in the world, Josie Natori boutiques, Bank of Singapore, Central Square Mall for the SSI group and many SSI stores, Family Mart Philippines, Daiso Philippines, Mini Stop Philippines, Sheraton Hotel Manila at Resorts World complex, the only five-star hotel with an all-Filipino team—a joint venture between
The Dalmore flagship store at Uptown Parade at the Fort
13. Junie Rodriguez
Interior designer Junie Rodriguez' residential works have a lived-in feel that makes for a comfortable home. His mastery in mixing variety of styles and