OF KITH AND KIN 2015

Elle Decoration Philippines
story by Chino L. Cruz
photography by At Maculangan
production by Devi de Vyra

 


Myriad beloved objects and an eye for beautiful things help turn Architect Popi Laudico’s abode into a space worth cherishing.


STORIES ARE THE THING. At least, to Architect Popi Laudico they are. While most homes have their own fair share of tales to tell, in Popi’s fascinating aerie in a glistening, recently developed high-rise, every single wall and crevice is rapt with narrative, character, and spirit. Items of great personal value to Popi fill the rooms; The riotous guest bathroom is filled with all sorts of gifts and tchotchkes; the dining-slash-mahjong area is covered in rare balayong floors where guest can walk barefoot.


“It’s all so precious to me,” Popi tells us, gesturing to her surroundings. “These things, they all have stories. Everything came from somewhere, from someone. I know all the artist. I know all the people who made them. It’s like I’m with my friends.” The architect’s few years of carefull collecting have paid off. “I design for a living, so three years ago when I first bought this place I already knew what I was going to with it. I already had all this stuff,” she says, “ I had been collecting over years and years and years.”


That isn’t to say that the space follows a strict plan. On the contrary, there is spontaneity to its composition, a sense of things being tossed together with tremendous ease. The entryway, adorned with art by Popi’s mother, artist Yola Johnson, leads to Popi’s personal yoga room and further unfolds into the airy living area, which is filled with an eclectic mix of tones and textures. Here, space flow seamlessly into one another, with kitchen, living, and dining areas melding into a generous, cohesive space, all of it looking out into the vast city below.


Popi’s bedroom is just as open and filled with character. While a large custom bed made of solid kamagong and narra anchors the space, one’s eye is drawn to the surrounding details, such as an antique vanity and the en suite bathroom separated just so by a cleverly placed custom-built shelving unit made of reclaimed wood. It is all these details that make up the unique narrative of Popi’s home. The space is not defined by massive designs or grand ideas. Rather, it is a quite but confident telling of its owner’s story and spirit.



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Homeowner

Architect Popi Laudico relaxed and in her element.










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Collection

Popi keeps a colorful array of tableware, which have as many origins as they do colors and textures, in a vintage bureau set right next to her kitchen.






















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Living Area

Popi’s airy living space plays home to variety of curious and unique objects such as an “Istra” sofa from BoConcept upholstered in a custom fabric by Soumak, a pair of giraffe status from a trip to Kenya and a genuine cowhide rug given to Popi by the Argentine Ambassador to the Philippines.





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Dining Area

The homeowner playfully refers to this multi-purpose area as her “dining-slash-mahjong room,” and She often loves to invite friends over for a friendly game. Here, even more singular pieces, such as a neon arc by Roberto chabet, speak of Popi’s love of art and character.


















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Balcony

Popi maximized the space in her considerably compact veranda by introducing an antique bed frame, which invites guests to lounge and relax outside



















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Living Area

Two abstract pieces by Roberto Chabet hang in perfect symmetry above a vintage ambassador chair, giving the space an easy sense of harmony




















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Master Bedroom

A lamp by Isamu Noguchi, a nude by Romulo Olazo and inabel linens lend the room a bit of romance while the heavier woods of the bed frame and the bedside table help anchor the space
















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Just as with the rest of Popi’s home, her bedroom generously adorned with gorgeous art. In this corner, portraits of the homeowner – by both herself and her mother, Yola Johnson – as well as two marble doorstops by Soumak surround a vintage vanity

















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The “Muna” sculpture by Reg Yuson adds to the room’s playfulness






















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Den-Office

Abaca curtains from Soumak allow for natural light to flood the room, giving the otherwise deeply textured space a feeling of levity. An unusual floorlamp made with empty ostrich shells and an abaca carpet, both by Soumak, help complete the look.