The art of mixing periods and styles

The angularity of the eco-friendly, vintage leatherette chairs contrasts the curves of the greige leather chairs designed by Atelier Almario. Eric Paras developed the Brutalist eating desk with reeded lines on the top rated and legs for Artelano 11. The Solid Swirl Turban Chandelier, designed of oxidized steel frame by Industria founder Jude Tiotuico, modernizes the environment. Equestrian Tata Montilla’s oxidized copper leaf abstraction picks up the metallicfinishes of the chandelier.

Household furniture and inside designer Eric Paras takes guests to another world when they visit his showroom A-11. Its title takes right after his home selection in a Pasay City compound, which is famed for repurposed postwar houses. The architecture tends to make a great backdrop with its massive home windows, 11-foot large ceiling and Machuca-tiled flooring, patterned with its trademark hexagons, medallions, flowers and hearts.

Paras patterns for Industria, a firm that he cofounded with Jude Tiotuico, which specializes in metal home furniture and extras. Its signature patinated surface therapies, characterised by a textural, industrial and considerably less refined really feel, express the Brutalist aesthetic (believe significant proportions and burnt or oxidized steel). He balances the coldness of the metal with the heat of wood and normal materials, applied in his furnishings for his corporation, Artelano 11.

The dwelling home is a heady mix of textures. The midcentury-inspired sofa is flanked by a stylized Ambassador’s chair, built of tanguile, a metal-framed tub chair and metal-and-glass nesting tables. Industrial designer Stanley Ruiz and Czech glassmaker Jiri Pacinek designed the art set up of black glass blobs titled “Amoeba.”

In home furniture style, Paras favors rounded, irregular designs and textured surface area finishes. He attracts from the Art Deco and midcentury types, imbued with softer geometry and fashionable aesthetics.

Visitors can learn from Paras’ decor design and style as he arranges the furnishings from Industria and Artelano 11 with attractive products, artworks and vintage parts from secondhand shops as he would in a property. The interiors of the midcentury house are up to date with daring purple shelves, patterned folding dividers—a Paras signature, and touches of Brutalist inside layout aspects.


Paras demonstrates his playful decor fashion by juxtaposing a sculptural stool with the double faces of the Roman god, Janus, with a restored classic lamp on a glass-and-brass desk with antiquefinish and a colourful portray titled “Nikiforos” by Victor Velasco Amador.

“I’m not pegged to a particular glimpse. I want eclectic items to be combined with each other with no currently being also showy. The appeal lies in subtlety and the placing ought to mature on you,” he says.

Just one these placing is the interaction of wooden, metallic, glass and cloth. A laid-back blue couch, with bolsters to prop up your toes, serves as the anchor piece. It is flanked by a stylized ambassador chair, up to date with reeded tanguile as a substitute of rattan, and a steel-framed tub chair which, Paras suggests, reminds him of the barbecue parilla.

The pièce de résistance is the art installation of Czechoslovakian hand-blown, black glass blobs, a collaboration involving Filipino industrial designer Stanley Ruiz and Czech glass maker Jiri Pacinek. The floral-printed divider that matches the Machuca tile flooring sets off the masculinity of the parts.

Paras’ furniture design and style is characterized by irregular shapes. This environment, generated by Industria, is a enjoy of furniture in distinct heights. Their steel frames are hammered, softened to bend and burnished with an antique bronze finish. The pretend animal print on the sofa upholstery presents a quirky touch.

Paras artfully harmonizes mismatched eating chairs with similar matte textures and earth tones. Square, classic ’70s narra office environment armchairs, upholstered with dim environmentally friendly leatherette, encounter off with curvaceous, neoclassic greige tufted chairs from Atelier Almario. These chairs surround Paras’ Brutalist-influenced dining table with a reeded top rated and legs, designed by Artelano 11.

A spiraling metal chandelier, created by Tiotuico for Industria, balances the period kinds and provides the home a modern ambience. Paras suggests Tiotuico challenged the toughness of coil by coiling it into a turban shape for a softer seem. The steel was oxidized to make a burnished floor.

Romblon marble

In attractive objects, just one of Paras’ improvements is the understated surface treatment of Romblon marble. “The common marble is shiny, generally utilized as nameplates on the tables of mayors. With our matte finishes, the handmade vessels, little table lamps and candle and flower holders have been well-liked with customers,” he says.

When Paras acquired publications from a particular sale, he tapped housewives in Marikina to fold them into sculptures.

The blend of durations and styles retains a area from searching far too manufacturer new.

Tubular steel chairs well-liked in the ’70s and ’80s enjoy towards Junjun Sta. Ana’s “City” combined-media installation with LED lights. Paras mixes thrift retail store finds with present-day objects.

“The room shouldn’t look like the consequence of a person-time browsing. It should really appear as if it had progressed about time,” he states.

Paras observes that while household furniture revenue in on the internet marketplaces have surged in the course of the pandemic, dwelling with mass-developed furniture can be tiresome.

“People are seeking for soul in objects. Our craftsmen make these in our factories,” claims Paras.

He notes that ahead of the pandemic, the shows from the Philippine booth, which bundled Industria, at the Milan Furnishings Good would stand out among the the higher-finish, device-designed collections. Site visitors would be impressed with the labor of really like from Filipino artisans.

“A-11 has thrived for the reason that of the vision to current a home furnishings showroom as if it were being a house. People remark that our perform has heart,” he states. —CONTRIBUTED