Designer uses modern sophistication for Cielo Townhouse unit at Mahogany Place III

March 9, 2010

Classy with hints of function; sophisticated yet not overdone - these attributes best describe "Cielo", the latest model home unveiled at Mahogany Place III.

Developed by DMCI Homes, Mahogany Place III is nestled within Taguig City. It is a 7.6-hectare gated oasis that boasts of a pedestrian-friendly environment with first-rate subdivision features such as country-club style amenities, verdant parks and open spaces, and concierge services - all within a highly-secured community that fosters a grand lifestyle for residents to enjoy.

The launch of townhouse unit options at Mahogany Place III - Cielo and Sofia - has been warmly welcomed by the market of home seekers looking for premium space and amenities within the metro as a new alternative to the single-detached and duplex units available in the subdivision.

Through a Fiesta Filipina-themed affair, prospective homebuyers witnessed the launch of Cielo new model home held recently, led by DMCI Homes executives including President Alfredo Austria, Project Director Adamor Trinidad, Director of Design & Construction Elmer Civil, Head of Property Management Office Mickey Ortigas, Jr.; Head of Engineering Gerry Ancheta, and Mr. Joey Tesalona, Design Principal of Cielo model unit.

Tapped to render the design of the interiors of Cielo model home was JT Designs, represented by Joey Tesalona. A New York-trained Filipino design consultant, he has worked for premier companies such as Frette, a luxurious Italian provider of linens; Patek Philippe, a luxury line of Swiss-made watches, and Felissimo Design House, an international showroom of contemporary design in the US. After taking up some courses in interior design at the New York School of Interior Design and at the Parsons School of Design, Tesalona has since moved to Manila, and put up JT Designs, a design consultancy studio in Makati that offers innovative interior design options for residential, commercial, and exhibition needs of the local and international clientele.

As the first area that greets visitors, Tesalona describes the living room as bright and airy and at the same time sophisticated and yet not overdone. "I incorporated a lot of luxurious furniture but at the same time tempered it so that it will be relaxing for the family. I added some modern touches such as a lighting device that doesn't take up much space and the floor to ceiling mirrored wall to conceal the stairwell," he said.

For the dining area, a monotone palette of colors is used to make the area appear bigger and not to delineate the spaces. "I blended the whole space from the living area into the kitchen, and to add character, I snapped together in multiples the piece called ‘Algue' by the French brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec to make a room divider and great conversational piece," he noted.

Around the unit, Tesalona also puts drapes to a lot of good uses, such as to conceal the service doors leading to the back and the maid's room. He repeats this treatment inside the powder room, which hides the shower area and appears more presentable.

Stairs leading to the second floor are covered in dark walnut while the floor tiling is upgraded to narra to exude an elegant appeal.

At the second level are found the children's rooms. The boy's room is an exciting tribute to sports, achieved through the placement of artificial grass that covers the entirety of the floor and mimics the look and feel of a soccer field. Tennis balls and a racket are pinned on the wall while a huge mural of David Beckham adorns the other side of the room.

While the boy's room is very fun and frivolous, the girl's room shows a whimsical world of ballet with nuances of subtlety and daintiness. Two closets are painted in fuchsia to match the frame of the four-poster bed, adding interest and color to the room. Another striking feature is the modern-classic lamp called "Midsummer Light" which is made of cascading layers of uber thin, paper-like material designed using laser cutting by Tord Boontje from the Netherlands.

On the third level is the master's bedroom which Tesalona said is very modern in design, and uses a lot of classical pieces. "The family is supposed to love to travel, so I put a lot of allusions like an Eiffel Tower framed picture and basically stuff that have a global appeal. My philosophy is to put the right thing in the right way without overdoing it," he said.

The drapes are again used to conceal the walk-in closet - a delightful find with its "his" and "hers" sections. Beside it, a swivel chair is even added as a functional piece accessorized with luxurious throws and pillows. "I love using these fabrics all around to make it more luxurious and to contrast the very linear design of the room," Tesalona noted.

Inside the master's bathroom, the laser-cut lamp cover is repeated this time using a more mature rendition. Also by Boontje, the "Garland Lamp" is made from delicately etched floral patterns on a continuous metal strand wrapped around a light bulb.

Tesalona added: "I'm very glad because we already have dealerships here that can give us these pieces. The Philippines is really coming of age when it comes to product design. We have all these shops offering us various options, and this is what I want to deliver to Cielo - to introduce something different, something new, and have an international flair."

DMCI Homes is the country's premier triple A builder-developer that brings serviced, themed communities within reach of urban families who once had limited residential options, but still aspire to achieve a comfortable, enriching quality of life proximate to their place of interest.

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