A quiet, solitary life can make your mind run through a lot of hoops. From the life you have lived all the way to what you’ll eat for dinner, many thoughts can enter the mind when you’re sitting alone in the house. This makes the home an important space that can act as the sanctuary that can allow the madness of spiraling thoughts and still be the catalyst to make that silver lining gleam once again. An interview with one of the most sartorial experts in the country, this tastemaker gives us a glimpse into his life during the pandemic and how an artful abode can have positive effects on a solitary life during the lockdown. 

Before the pandemic started, he had just moved into a new condo. The lockdown allowed for a chance to evaluate his needs and gain a shift in his home’s interior design arrangement–an urge that transformed his shoe and fashion crazy personality into one that also admires the beauty of interior design. Recently, he has focused on updating many of his own furniture pieces with long-lasting Italian brands and mid-century style chairs.

“Because of this pandemic, I realized that life is really short and we should therefore enjoy the fruits of our labor. I felt my dining area, which then only had a couple of artworks, lacked that oomph factor.” he says, “Lockdown came, then all these nice pieces got offered in my Viber chat group for the benefit of our healthcare workers. I figured it’s a nice way to add some pieces to my collection without the guilt. A few months into the lockdown, I was able to fill up one wall from top to bottom.”

Personal touches like these are what makes a simple residence ’abode’. As a sanctuary, an abode should merely be the jewel box working as a safety hold for the items the homeowner has collected over the years of their life. For him, the sanctuary was one designed by Jamie Tan but despite the assistance from Tan, this homeowner’s personal effects were still the pieces that breathed life into the home.

“Your artworks, furniture, and accessories should have a story to tell. In my case, I have kept some of the pieces from my first home, a couple from trips abroad, vintage pieces from auctions, etc.”

Though some people have fled to the province in the hopes of living a more peaceful life, he is one of the Manila folk who are still in love with city life. 

Photos by Ed Simon

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Notes about the Contributor

Daniel Lampa

Art enthusiast and into Fashion, French Culture, Mid-century modern design and spends a lot of his time curating his home in Manila and LA. He lives with his 3 dogs, Coco, Yohji and Junya.

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