Alero Design Studio takes us inside their latest modern Filipino home. It has pieces from the top furniture makers in the Philippines, a home definitely worth swooning-over.
It is owned by Don, a rags to riches character who made his empire from a pig and two chickens that he purchased when he was in sixth grade. An unusual buy for kids at this age who would rather buy candy or toys, he was aiming for something larger. He didn’t finish high school or went to college but has founded and owns Cledhon Enterprices Coproration.
Initially living in a home close to their farm, Don and his wife Claire are now homeowners of a three level complex designed and created by siblings Jaemi and Jesy Cruz, who have decided to create their own firm, Alero Design Studio. Jaemi was in charge of the overall architecture and Jesy took care of the interiors. In charge of the construction was the Cruz family’s construction company, MSC Construction.
When asked about any client specifics, Jesy points out that there weren’t a lot. The overall design and the structure was handed over to the siblings’ care. Jesy pulled out some previous projects form his portfolio and asked client wanted from there. The client only requested that the home be inspired by their company logo which is basically a wheel of different colors, each color representing one business the company has. Jesy shares that this might have been one of the most colourful projects he has ever handled due to the client’s request.
Jesy shares that the first sketches were very boxy with a lot of the rooms boxy and edgy, he softened the design by curving some walls and creating some round columns over square ones. Since the family consists of four kids, the duo also added separate bathrooms to avoid shower ques.
The vibe and the ambiance is contemporary but the furniture and accessories are mostly from local brands and craftsmen. Familiar brands such as Philux, Triboa Bay, and some Bulacan artists are scattered in the home from the bedrooms to the living rooms. Jesy took the clients to a shopping trip to the it stores of furniture, allowing them to pick the main anchor pieces. Since it is the family’s first home and there was no budget in mind, “sky’s the limit” shares Jaime and Jesy. One couldn’t help but think that the home can double as a gallery of the Philippines’ finest.
This story first appeared in MyHome magazine June 2017. Edits have been made for MyHomeDesign.ph.