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These Adorable Hippos Will Brighten Up Any Room

Architect Lara Fernandez Barrios collaborates with Zacarias1925 on these whimsical creatures.
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One of Manila’s most sought-after architects could easily sideline as a home accessory designer, too. Lara Fernandez Barrios, best known for designing the distinct spaces of Wildflour, Pink’s, Purple Yam, and Hibana, among others, has again collaborated with luxury bags and accessories brand Zacarias1925 in creating hippopotamus-shaped accessories for the home.


Crafted in the distinct handwoven pattern signature to Zacarias1925, Barrios' hippos were first created as large storage bins and lighting fixtures for last year's Manila F.A.M.E. This season, miniature hippo lamps are a new addition to the family.


When asked why she chose the rotund animal as an inspiration, Barrios simply says, “I really love the hippo!” The latest lamps are an answer to requests for smaller home accessories. “Many people were asking for a smaller one that would be more 'manageable' in terms of size [but] we wanted our first ones to be big like a hippo should be.”


“We opted for a table lamp and a drop light because they made sense when we scaled the hippo down,” the architect notes. More hand-woven animals are in the works by Lara Fernandez Barrios X Zacarias1925, but until then, the hippos will make their way to Tokyo and Paris with the rest of the Zacarias1925 collection.



Lara Fernandez Barrios

To adopt your own hippo and have it light up your desk or bedside table, head over to art and design store Aphro in the Alley at Karrivin Plaza. 2316 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, 0918.899.2698.

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