Buildings to Watch Out for in Manila

Century Spire

There are a number of companies in the Philippines that have collaborated with international architects, designers, and organizations, and among them, Century Properties’ partnerships stand out the most.

The company has a number of impressive international brand collaborations under its belt. These include partnerships with the Trump organization, Paris Hilton, Philip Starck and John Hitchcox, Versace Home, Missoni Home, and, most recently, Daniel Libeskind, Giorgio Armani, and the Forbes Media Group—partnerships said to be initiated by its head of international collaborations, Robbie Antonio.

We read somewhere that Robbie Antonio is friends with some of these celebrities. He is the third son of former Ambassador Jose E.B Antonio, whose four sons have joined the company after working for other organizations.

Trump Tower at Century City

The partnership with the Trumps has resulted in Trump Tower at Century City, which is currently being constructed in Makati City. Extensive media coverage was given to the Trump brothers’ visit last year, and hopefully their beautiful sister, Ivanka, will visit the country really soon.

The Milano Residences

In Century City, too, will rise the Versace interior-designed Milano Residences; the Libeskind-Armani project, Century Spire; and the Forbes Media Tower (the first Forbes Media Tower anywhere).

We have seen photos of Century City in Makati and it really is a dynamic project – something new in the Philippines.

But there are other projects in other locations too. One of these is Acqua Iguazu, interior designed by yoo inspired by Starck, and a residential tower within Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong City. It will rise on the banks of the regenerating Pasig River, which is the main river running through the capital. This is one of the projects that we are most excited about. We really love Starck’s work!

The MissoniHome interior-designed Acqua Livingstone is also within the same development. It’s a showcase of iconic Missoni patterns and colors and really brings the tower to life.

These buildings are something to watch out for, and not just by ordinary Filipinos but by foreigners too who are fond of high design. Century Properties seems to be on to a winning formula and once these projects are completed (all at some point in this decade), Metro Manila will be transformed for the better. Let’s all watch out for this emerging trendy city.


Tenka Gammelgaard Studio

I am in love with this incredible studio space which belongs to Danish artist Tenka Gammelgaard. I adore Tenka’s commitment to stripes and monochromatic color palette. The black and white colors are in everything she does, wear and live, she even painted her brushes in black and white stripes – Amazing!!!

“Tenka Gammelgaard is a danish artist who studied theatre scenography at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. As an artist she works on many decoration projects in Denmark and abroad. In addition to working as a visual artist she has created everything from porcelain for Royal Copenhagen to Irma carry bags. She is permanently represented in galleries in Tokyo, Singapore and Oslo. Tenka lives in and has a studio in the heart of Copenhagen”.

Femme Fatale by KUPPERS & WUYTENS from Mookum

Beautiful, alluring, intelligent and seductive… the Femme Fatale is more than aptly named. And if, like most people, you own more than one scarf, she is downright irresistible. For the Femme Fatale mysteriously creates order out of the chaos of your scarf drawer. Simply mount the leather holder on a coat hanger and you can store up to nine scarves neatly and efficiently. No need to go delving into the maelstrom to find your favourite scarf. And no need to take up so much drawer space.

WIN £5,000 to spend at Wren Living

Furniture and homeware specialist Wren Living has a launched a competition that will see one lucky entrant walk away with £5,000 to spend online or in-store! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is submit your details on the brand-new Wren Living website before December 1st.

The winner will be announced on the Wren Living Facebook page, so click ‘Like’ if you want to be the first to hear the exciting news! Until then, you just have to fantasise about what you would do with the incredible prize…

Wren Living specialises in affordable luxury, so the £5,000 and free consultation with the company’s design experts mean you can complete your dream Wrenovation, whether you want to transform your kitchen, bedroom, living room or dining room.

Every collection offers impeccable quality and style, but we at particularly love the range of bedroom furniture on offer. We’ve brought together some of our favourite looks below, so whether you’re the winner or not, you have some fantastic ideas for an indoor sanctuary.

Neotoi by Roberto Giacomucci

We are so excited to feature the Neotoi Family by Italian designer Roberto Giacomucci. His pack of characters range from friendly alligator tables to the company of abstract cubbies with hidden personalities. Say hello to the gathering furniture, they will surround your home with cheer and playfulness.