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THIS ROAD MANAGER’S 50-SQM PAD IS NEARLY DEVOID OF COLOR, BUT IT BRIMS WITH BRIGHTNESS

LAVISH LIGHT.

Road manager Rey Lañada’s pad is the corner unit in the uppermost floor of his condo, which conveniently affords him a generous helping of ambient light. Not only does Rey’s unit appear very airy, but he is also able to save on electricity bills because he doesn’t need to turn on electric lights that often.

The beige sofa from Dimensione is his two dogs’ favorite hangout. Rey says that he rarely receives visitors. The gnarled milktree plant, the bold-red accent chair, feathered lamp (both from Dimensione), and the chevron-printed rug from DecoLiving Manila add pops of color and vigor. Pillows also liven up the scene and depict some of Rey’s faves: dogs and London. “I love London! I’ve been there five times,” he quips.

This sliding panel readily conceals Rey’s more private space when visitors come over.

THIS PENTHOUSE, HIS HOME FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, LOOKS MUCH BIGGER BECAUSE OF ITS HIGH CEILING AND THE ABSENCE OF A SOLID WALL.

Mayamanako sa friends,” road manager Rey Lañada says with a wide smile. The furniture and décor in his condo are a testament to that. Many of these are gifts from his friends, who belong mostly to the glitzy worlds of showbiz and fashion. “They like giving me gifts,” Rey says. “When they ask me what I want especially when we exchange gifts during Christmas, I tell them, for example, ‘a pillowcase from Muji.’”

Rey’s light and airy unit befit his warm and sunny disposition, the most obvious reason why his friends gravitate to him like moths to a flame. His home for the past three years, which has a total area of 50sqm, looks much bigger because of its high ceiling and the absence of a solid wall. “I actually bought a two-bedroom unit,” Rey says. Since his pad is a corner unit, there’s an extra window that lets in a lot of light, so that Rey doesn’t need to switch on lights in the daytime. At night, Rey is treated to a view of the Makati skyline. He enthuses about the condo complex, which straddles the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong. He shares an anecdote: “Sometimes, my friend would ask, ‘Where are you?’. “And I would answer, ‘I’m on the Hudson River.’

Rey calls himself a frustrated interior designer. He spent the eve of the photo shoot sprucing up his home on his own. The night before the shoot, Rey bought the red chair in the living area, upon his friend architect Miguel Pastor’s advice. Miguel, who designed the unit, told him the piece will add color. “He did everything. He just let me choose the color of the wall and he guided me in choosing the things.

Rey had a lot of things from his old apartment that could not fit in his current place. I had a big cabinet full-length mirror, which I gave to my friend. That’s exactly how Rey gets by—with a little help from his many friends, whose presence in his life makes him one very grateful man.

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SLIDING PANELS. A good number of partition types, including sliding panels, are popular and utilized to compensate for the lack of rooms in smaller condo units. But what’s most delightful about these sliding panels is that they are very versatile.

In Rey’s home, the sliding panels serve four functions: they operate to create one open layout if there are a lot of guests; they can be closed shut to instantly create a separate room —an ideal space trick for studio units; they can also be manipulated to control the amount of daylight Rey wants; and they act as doors for his built-in shoe closet.

Rey’s favorite spot in his home also acts as his work area and dining room. This is located right beside his living room. “I really, really love this table,” he says. He is also partial to the matching bench and the white chandelier, both of which he bought from Dimensione. The big candleholder and the candle in it are gifts from singer-host Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, while the birdcage (not in photo) is from Regalong Pambahay. In his recent trip to the UK, Rey bought the limited-edition Diet Coke bottles designed by Marc Jacobs.

The painting of a female figure by Kiko Escora welcomes visitors and also conceals the electrical panel box. “TitoDouglas Quijano convinced me to buy this,” Rey says, referring to the late talent manager. The painting rests on a commode, alongside a glass candleholder (a giveaway at Ogie and Regine’s wedding), Buddha figurines, a catchall for Rey’s keys, some of his coffee-table books, a diamond-shaped paperweight, and a phalaenopsis orchid. The leatherback Magistretti office chair is from Ben Chan, founder of Bench.

Hidden behind a customized storage system, Rey’s wardrobe has sliding doors with frosted glass. This shelving unit serves as Rey’s home library, entertainment center, and gallery of framed photos of his loved ones. It also houses keepsakes and curios from abroad, like a matryoshka doll. Rey keeps his important documents and his favorite magazines in this storage system. These are stashed in uniform boxes and folder holders from Office Warehouse. The partition sealing of the bedroom also serves as the door of Rey’s shoe shelves, which are perpendicular to his closet.

“I’M NOT A COLORFUL PERSON. I LOVE NEUTRALS: WHITE, BEIGE, BLACK, BROWN. I DON’T LIKE LOUD COLORS.”

The bench at the foot of the bed, where books and magazines rest, was bought separately. Rey keeps his magazine stacks low by unloading a number of titles yearly. I just keep my favorite issues. The plaid puppy plushie is from Muji in Tokyo.

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