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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Retro Living Room Ideas and Decor Inspirations from the Class of PSID 2016

When I stepped inside the PSID Gallery booths. It brought memories from the past, back from my high school days to the early 90s. I never appreciate art then, but I have been to some of the best interior home design to say the least, from my friends to classmates and relatives during those times. The nostalgia and effect of the "past" booth made a lasting recall and I am wishing someone would take me back to my past to relive and tweak it to a happier now with a Warren Platner design inspired living room in mind.

PSID Advanced Class of 2016 launches Past, Present and Future and took us to a journey of timeline of design, trends and styles through ”Evolution" last September 22 at the Square Building, Greenfield District, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

To the Past, Present and Future booths that I have checked out, I have my personal favorite which is the Warren Platner booth because of its retro style back to the 60s vibe chair.  The look of the decade is reminiscent to the Beatles era with its splash of salmon, flame and mint colors.

If you are in for a retro vibe, now is the time to inject a hint of retro charm into your living room. Colors like salmon and purple makes chic and fashionable, simple retro decor can often make a big difference to the ambiance of any living space. Which makes me want to build my own house now inspired of course from the Warren Platner booth of the Past.

Warren Platner was an American architect and interior designer that produced a furniture collection that has proved to be a continuing icon of 1960s modernism. He is also famed with designing several prominent interiors in New York City, including headquarters offices for the Ford Foundation building and the original Windows on the World restaurant, atop the World Trade Center.

The look of the decade from which the renowned interior designer, Warren Platner, came from displays boldness in shapes, colors and patterns. It traces us back to the 'midcentury cool theme during the 1960s, brought to Dining Room today; showing that the Retro Style is highly applicable in todays setting. The strategical play of the different design elements creates a perfect balance between a vivacious and a warm, inviting atmosphere-perfect for a more interesting, spiced up contemporary space. This booth is for the young and the young at heart, adventurous go-getters. See how the designers have evolved retro styling with, .

1. It makes the room bright, lively and exciting with just the right tints, tones and shades-it is, 

2. Toned down by the other design elements brought out by the wood and tl-ie bricks, of which      communicated the warm and welcoming feel of the room througli. its texture.

3. The lights add more personality to the room and complete the retro-feel together with the creative repurposed objects such as the luggages used as shelves, retro cameras as wall sconces and the wall mounted television with a retro-frame fixed. 

4. Finally, the touch of elegance and luxury does it all for a graceful glam by the steel wire works of Platner. Inspired from his design style, we also did an open plan from which xou can see the entire area already, and a picture window witli a seat attached to the niche, from which is inspired by his work, 'Windows on the World" atop World Trade Center. The drop ceiling designed in a symmetrical curve breaks the rigid wood slats making an entire soft yet striking look-paired with circular drop ceiling with a sky window on center. Lighter shades of wood used on chevron flooring for more controlled patterns just right and suitable for the room.

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts"  Aristotle.

All of which shows personality and sentimental value put together in an interior piece. Studied work and well calculated ergonomics, color matters, materials and methods put together the Retro Dining Room for the young and successful fashion entrepreneur and influencer, Yoyo Cao. It's for a very adventurous, creative, and assertive person like you, too.



The second favorite is a Finn Juhl inspired booth from the Past, because Im a sucker to retro design and feel. This booth is instagram worthy with the splashes of color and design.   If youre a travel blogger, this booth will inspire you.

The approach of Finn Juhl design has been deeply inspired from the 45 chair which breaks the traditional upholstered armrests or which breaks from the tradition of upholstered armrests. Without the armrest, Finn Juhl was able to give function and comfort to the chair because of its curves.

"We feel strongly about its symbolism that we decided for it to became our inspiration for our floor plan . Our color scheme focused on earthy colors following the notion of Finn Juhl's style and furniture to be organic. A minimalist, we also reflected Finn Juhl's simple but sublime style in our design of the den . The simple yet well thought-of design from Finn Juhl translates and inspires our modern den".


The dynamic nature of design through the past, present and future is the centerpiece of "Evolution,” the graduation exhibit of the Philippine School of Interior Design

(PSlD) Advanced Class of 2016, slated from September 29-October 31, 2016 at the Square Building, Greenfield District, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. in celebration of PSlD’s 49th year, ”Evolution" will take exhibit guests on a journey through a timeline of design trends, styles and designs from past, present, and future.

Mounted in cooperation with Devant, Uratex, Boysen, Hafele, Bosch, Blanco Germany, Gorenje, Dexterton, La Europa Ceramica, Songdream, Nordlux, Matimco, AG Murals, Mity Mike, Larry’s Curtain, Mainline, Fineza, and Ilaw Atbp, the exhibit is set to showcase 24 exquisitely~ designed spaces that represent different time periods and various inspiration from the past, the present, and the future.

Vintage trends and classic designs take center stage in the Past gallery. Showcasing how mid-century design styles have influenced today’s interior design standards, the Past gallery will take exhibit-goers through a trip down memory lane with looks inspired by the 1940s to the 1970s. Booths will capture the essence of illustrious designers from this time period such as Finn Juhl, Eero Aarnio, Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Hans Wegner, Warren Platner, and Arne Jacobsen.

Meanwhile, the Present gallery breathes new life to timeless design styles and gives mm a contemporary spin. Classic styles meet modern trends in an up-to date gallery that will scuss the eclectic nature of present-day design. Styles such as Tropical, Filipino, Japanese, Mediterranean, Chinese, Moorish, Victorian, and Baroque are presented in an unexpected yet elegant fusion.

Giving exhibit-goers a glimpse of what's to come in design is the Future Gallery. The student designers have conducted thorough research to come up with fearless forecasts on what the future of design looks like based on the trends today.  Promising possible trends to be covered include Avant Garde Industrial, Tech and Trendy, Metallic Glam, Rustic Luxe, Eclectic elegance,  Organic Opulence, Design Deconstructed, and Funk Art.

Evolution” is a carefully planned, extensively researched exhibit that marks the countdown to PSlD's 50th anniversary in 2017. For decades now, PSID has been known to produce groundbreaking exhibits that become the benchmark of interior design shows in the academe, and are considered go-to events for architects, fellow interior designers, design enthusiasts, and the general public to learn more about world-class Filipino design and see innovative interiors come to life. PSID brings interior design a notch higher each year, presenting exhibits that challenge the graduating batch to showcase their repertoire of design skills and the PSID mark of excellence.

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