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The Best and the Brightest in Philippine Interior Design

These interior designers and decorators possess creativity and an impeccable eye.
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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.

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2. Eric Paras


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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


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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

 

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Tessa Alindogan's living room

4. Ito Kish
Kish Interiors


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 radiate by editing their own styles.

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Notable Projects: Ito Kish Interiors


Home accessories by Ito Kish

4. Nix Alanon
FTA Design


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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
WE Design


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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 

6. Tania Fricke Lichauco
TFLifestyle Studio


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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
Soumak Designs


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.

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Yola's dining room contains many rustic touches.

8. Nina Santamaria
Grupo Santamaria


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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


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Nina's group kept the interiors of lifestyle boutique iTrulli bright and refreshing

9. Gabby Lichauco
Open House Manila
Open Studio


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

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Inspired by memories of our childhood in the province. #DesignPH #GabbyLichauco #KafeBatwan

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10. Cynthia and Ivy Almario
Atelier 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.    

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Notable Projects: Astoria Boracay, Romulo Cafe, Gigi Coffee and Cupcakes, Movenpick Cebu, Midas Hotel

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.

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Notable Projects: Rene Orosa portfolio


Spaces decorated by Rene Orosa

12. Maja Olivares-Co
Sonia Santiago Olivares & Associates

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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 (SSOa). Aside from having outstanding residential and retail design projects, Olivares-Co also won the Philips Lighting an Award of Merit from the International Illumination Design Awards (IIDA) which recognized her lighting design for Essensses, a cosmetic store.

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 SSOa and Manny Samson & Associates


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The Dalmore flagship store at Uptown Parade at the Fort


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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 curios create a richness to the interior without becoming too contrived.  

Incredible dinner at Junie Rodriguez's incredible home ? #tablesettings #dinners #chic

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