Architect Edwin Uy Reshapes Kitchen Spaces with Boffi 

May 2, 2024



The BluPrint Team

Edwin Uy, Architect of EUDO, known for pushing boundaries and seamlessly blending lifestyle with aesthetics, recently collaborated with Boffi to transform his client’s kitchen into a haven of modern Italian functionality and style. This is the premise of “A Boffi Way of Living,” which delves into the design philosophy and creative process of an Architect or Designer with their Boffi project.

“In my two decades of practice, I’ve never seen myself as just an architect,” Uy declares. “I lean towards being a designer that is driven by authenticity which delves into experimentation, craftsmanship and critical regionalism.” True to his word, Uy embarked on a creative journey, embracing collaboration and innovation for his clients.

“In designing a kitchen, getting to know the client is important,” Uy emphasizes in the video. “To me, great design is a balance between lifestyle and aesthetics.” Understanding his client’s desire for a family-friendly kitchen that exuded quality time without compromising aesthetics, Uy identified the need for a modern, open-plan layout and a central island,  which was initially deemed challenging due to space constraints.

Because of his proclivity to bold design choices, Uy opted to deconstruct the existing walls in the condo to let new possibilities present themselves. This strategy, coupled with the client’s desire for an open plan, resulted in a modern, more spacious layout that visually connected the kitchen to dining and living areas.

“My client really wanted an island for the kitchen but the existing space was too small,” Uy recalls. “At first, I thought it was impossible, but by removing one side of the wall extending towards the dining room and working with Boffi, we were able to achieve this.” Through strategic space utilization and the versatility of Boffi’s design systems, Uy’s vision came to life.



Architect Edwin Uy in a redesigned kitchen for Boffi.

“While the general direction was rooted in the client’s preferences, the inclusion of Boffi’s design took it to new heights,” Uy highlights. “When I conceptualize kitchens, I look at what Boffi has to offer as they collaborate with great designers and some specific design elements I wish to incorporate with my outlook.”

“What makes Boffi interesting is its versatility — it allows me to blend elements from different design styles,” Uy shares. He seamlessly combined Boffi’s Xila and K14 systems, creating a space that transcended conventional boundaries and resonated with the client’s personality.

The Xila Kitchen is a modular kitchen system designed by Luigi Massoni in 1972, recognized among the masterpieces of Italian design as the first kitchen available without a handle. 

The K14 kitchen by Norbert Wangen for Boffi features handleless modular units and a distinctive 30° beveled edge for easy opening. Its aluminum structure supports large, overhanging worktops angled at 45°, giving a floating effect.

This marks the third kitchen design collaboration between Uy and his client, a testament to their shared vision. Her consistent preference for clean, simple aesthetics, infused with subtle details, shines through in the final design. The result is a perfect marriage of functionality, personality, and timeless elegance.

Uy’s dedication to exceptional design is evident in every detail, particularly the beveled edge of the island counter. He explains, “I really wanted to use this detail for this kitchen. It makes the island float somehow, visually reducing its mass and making it less obtrusive.” This thoughtful touch underscores Uy’s commitment to both form and function. 

“A Boffi Way of Living” with Edwin Uy offers a compelling glimpse into the transformative power of collaboration and innovation. By embracing the versatility of Boffi’s design systems and prioritizing the client’s vision, Uy transcended the limitations of a compact space, crafting a kitchen that seamlessly blended functionality with timeless style.

In 2024, Boffi celebrates its 90th anniversary in the world of kitchen design excellence. For inquiries, contact @boffi_studio_manila on Instagram, Boffi Philippines on Facebook, or call (02) 7794 2095-96. You may also schedule a personal tour at Boffi Studio Manila at The Residences at Greenbelt.  For assistance, visit 

Read more: A Boffi Way of Living: The Destination for Italian Luxury Home Furnishings

Two onlookers in front of Pete Jimenez's exhibit. Photo by Elle Yap.

‘Travel Light’: Pete Jimenez Finds Life in Construction Detritus

Travel Light, Pete Jimenez’s newest exhibit at Artinformal Gallery in Makati, supplies its central thesis within the subtitle. “Take nothing for the journey – keep it simple; no bag, no bread, no money.” It references a verse in the Bible, but within this context, it exemplifies a non-consumerist take on our existence. Shift with the […]

UArts with a flying Pride flag in the foreground. Photo by Beyond My Ken. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Philadelphia University of the Arts Shutters, Leaving Students in Limbo

Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, also known as UArts, suddenly closed down the institution on Friday, June 7. The sudden closure, of which faculty and students weren’t even informed of until the press announcement, triggered protests from the campus population.  UArts’ administration said that the institution was facing declining revenue rates and enrollment. In a […]

The Ultimate Guide to Future Proofing Your Home.

The Ultimate Guide to Future Proofing Your Home

Future proofing focuses on improving your home in order to prepare it for the challenges and opportunities of the future. Along with this, this concept also maximizes your comfort and enjoyment today with smart design choices and innovative technologies. This may come in different styles and priorities depending on the users’ interest and needs. But […]

The Parthenon Marbles in display at the British Museum. Photo by Dominic's pics. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Brits Refuse Return of Parthenon Marbles After Turkey Finds No Proof of Claim

The British Museum refused calls to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece after Turkey rejected the long-standing claim by the United Kingdom that the statues were acquired by Lord Elgin from the Ottoman empire at the time.  The statement from Turkey came during a UNESCO meeting in Paris, France. A British official parroted the claim […]

6 Historical Places in the Philippines that Celebrate Its Independence.

6 Historical Places in the Philippines that Celebrate Its Independence

The journey to Philippine independence is a story of valor, sacrifice, and unwavering resolve. This narrative is not only preserved in books and memories but also enshrined in the country’s architectural landmarks. These edifices stand as silent witnesses to pivotal moments in history, each contributing to the nation’s quest for freedom. In commemorating Independence Day, […]

One of the buildings for SAMA Square Market. Photo by Heart Patrick Photography.

SAMA Square Market: Accessible Community Spaces Made for the People

The nature of public spaces continues to evolve. Beyond just looking attractive, they must serve multiple purposes to benefit the community effectively. We see those decisions at work at the SAMA Square Market and how welcoming it is to people of different stripes and backgrounds.  SAMA Square Market is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. TKCA […]

Download this month's BLUPRINT magazine digital copy from:
Subscribe via [email protected]