Interior designer and creative director of La Europa Ceramica, Rock Robins is a force in the Philippine interior design industry. His styles are classy and elegant and his client list has people all around from Manila to Cebu. “It’s the first place that I designed for myself and it was really stressful. This is the hardest project I’ve had to date – objectivity went out the window!” shares Rock Robins on playing designer and client. Here are some design tricks he used in his unit.
A GLASS WALL
To add an industrial character to the space, Rock took down a portion of the wall and installed a glass wall in between the living area and bedroom. “I knocked down the wall and used glass to make it bigger,” says Rock. It also adds depth to the entire unit. To create the panels, Rock used black strip stickers. He shares that he can easily remove the stickers and replace them with something else in the future. Like for Christmas, the designer might place snowflake stickers.
WORLD CLASS CHIC
Rock Robins’ condo is an ode to European style. French and Italian brands find their way in his condo. In the living room is a couch from Poltrona Frau with throw pillows from Fornasetti and Hermes. Rock’s coffee table is a display of glass collectibles from Lalique and Swarovski.
A set of Tom Dixon light fixtures spice up the dining area, while framed photos hang against the mirrored wall. Rock had his contractors carefully pierce through the glass so he can hang his personal photos up.
An accent in the entertaining areas of the condo is the chain Hermes wallpaper. The designer tips that when applying wallpaper, make sure that your contractors are mindful of the wallpaper as some wallpaper because they might be damaged in the process of application. Displayed against the wallpaper is a trio of Fornasetti plates.
STICKER THE DOORS
Since heavy antique doors might not be best for condos, Rock installed a glass sliding door and stuck a sticker photo of an old, oriental door on it. This hack helps you achieve the space you want minus the cost of a real antique door, just make sure that you print out a high quality photo with a trusted printing supplier.
With a huge collection of luxury bags and shoes, Rock opted to have open shelving across his unit but still installed cabinets to hide some clutter. He also used Carrara marble for the shelves’ backing material for a sense of chicness in the room.
WALK IN THE CLOSET
Rock added a U-shaped nook in the bedroom which serves as the unit’s walk-in-closet. Behind the floor to ceiling shoe rack in the walk-in is an entertainment console so the designer can lay in bed and watch TV after a long day.
This story first appeared in CondoLiving Vol.10.4 2015, written by Andrea Portugal and photographed by Greg Mayo. Edits have been made for MyHomeDesign.ph.