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BluPrint Volume 2

BluPrint Magazine is the first and only local sourcebook in local and international architecture, interior design, industrial design and the allied arts, which delivers significant design trends through stunning visuals and engaging writing.

6 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Patrick Kasingsing was the group creative director at One Mega Group, handling four titles: BluPrint, Condo Living, MyHome, and Appetite, and before that, he was the art director of adobo magazine. Patrick is the founding editor-in-chief of quarterly online journal for creatives, Kanto (issuu. com/kanto_mag), and of the Instagram page for brutalist architecture in the Philippines, @brutalist_pilipinas. The Manuel Chuachiaco scholar graduated with a Fine Arts degree in Information Design from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2012. Steffi Sioux Go is an architect based in Cebu City. Mentored under Buck Sia of Zubu Design Associates, she is a founding partner of SGMN Architects, a design studio with an intuition for modern and effective spaces. Nathaniel von Einsiedel is an architect and urban environmental planner accredited by the World Bank, Asian Development…

3 min
design, design, design

Getting architecture built is an incredibly complex act. We call architects ‘leaders’ and ‘conductors’ (a hackneyed metaphor) of this complex production when, in truth, they are at the mercy of so many uncontrollable circumstances. Good projects and good buildings are rare achievements these days, and considering the totality of what gets built at any given time in this country, good architecture is nothing short of a miraculous act. The building boom of the past few years has yielded some miracles. There’s the Finance Center with its elliptic façade by Gensler; Menarco Tower, with its immaculate interiors by Anna Sy; and recently, the NEX Tower, with its four-story lobby and 11-meter-high green walls, designed by SOM. What they all have in common are committed developers who worked very closely with the architects and…

1 min
scavolini x carlo cracco

Scavolini collaborates with the renowned Italian chef and TV personality Carlo Craco to take kitchen production to a new level. Marrying modern minimal elegance with efficiency and top level workmanship forms the Mia kitchen solutions. The scenic kitchen island is equipped with a steel monobloc with built-in cooking and washing areas, all topped by a hanging structure housing a hood and dish-rack in dark steel finish. Other than the spacious drawers and a chopping board pull-out, the distinguishing features of the design includes professional appliances such as a vacuum drawer with new marinating function, a food-warming lamp, and a hood with professional extraction functionality. Mia translates a professional kitchen into a custom-sized personal space built for enduring beauty and style. Scavolini Store Manila is exclusively distributed by Modularity Inc. You may…

1 min
staying in comfort zone

Molteni & C made a prominent exhibition at the Salone del Mobile 2019 in Milan with several new pieces in collaboration with different well-known designers, including Shanghai-based design studio Neri and Hu. The Twelve AM Collection, marking the first project between the two, features a furniture system for the bedroom. The bed is simple; polished wood frame, thin steel legs, and a curved headboard which props up the cushion upholstered in either fabric or leather. More than its dainty and oriental design, the bed is accessorized with hooked side tables and a shelf or desk attachment at the back—turning it into a multifunctional hub. It also comes with a bench that can be equipped at the foot of the bed for additional seating while there is another separate, tall-backed valet…

11 min
filipino time

The promise of a grade 1A, Olympic-rated sports facility in the country was made to our national athletes decades ago, back in the day of Lydia de Vega, Asia’s fastest woman in the 1980s. Finally, it appears the promise will be fulfilled in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), the fourth that the Philippines is hosting. What comes as a surprise to many is that the five-billion-peso New Clark City Sports Complex will be turned over two months ahead of the original date in October. The early turnover gives the Philippine hosts three full months to test and prep the facilities before the biennial regional multi-sport event takes place from November 30 to December 10. In a nation where the construction of national monuments and government projects often…

10 min
athletic the stadium

Written by Judith Arellano Torres Bright orange pillars thrust up from out of the concrete foundation, tantalizing the eye with their scale, precision, and power. They look like giant orange T-square rulers holding aloft a huge, oval bowl of ridged concrete. It is a picture of surprising monumentality, not because of the stadium’s height—19.35 meters or a mere five-story building—but because of the expanse of its 25,000-square-meter footprint. The Stadium’s color palette of orange, charcoal gray, ash gray, and black was inspired by the fury with which Mount Pinatubo announced its existence to the world three decades ago when magma burst through its jungle-covered dome and ejected a column of ash 34 kilometers into the atmosphere. The volcano’s 1991 eruption forever changed the landscape of thousands of square kilometers of farmland,…