Monday, November 26, 2012

buensalido architects

I wanted to be an architect and build houses as a child, but math and I weren't meant to be together. So I was really psyched when Jason and Nikki Buensalido of Buensalido Architects agreed to have their creative space photographed. They are the awesome husband and wife team who designed Kenji Tei Ramen House in Greenbelt 5, DMCI's Sofia Townhouse in Taguig, and broadcast journalist Ces Drilon's condo. A peek inside their edgy pink office and one would instantly grasp how innovative and dynamic their creative energy is. :)

Jason and Nikki's own home is also a reflection of the duo's very modern mindset. Check out a feature of their house here

Jason and Nikki Buensalido of Buensalido Architects
(Makati City, Philippines)

Occupation: Architects

Favorite toy as a child:
Jason: Scaled models of airplanes, aircraft carriers, tanks, etc.
Nikki: Jackstones and crayons!

Favorite toy now:
J: MacBook pro
N: MacBook pro, sketchbook, cellphone, colored pencils and colored pens

J: A creative mind
N: Nice eyes and a cute smile

J: Dark elbows and stinky armpits
N: People who think they own the world

What are 5 things that inspire you right now?
J: Nikki Boncan-Buensalido, my wife
My travels
My new house
My family
Every project with an opportunity to influence people's lives through design

N: Jason, colorful things, creative tidbits, creative processes, things that make the mind work, arts and crafts, modern architecture, and out of the box thinking with avant garde ideas and solutions

Who are you influences?
J: My parents, Ayn Rand
N: My family
For work - Joey Yupangco, Rem Koolhaas, Bjarke Ingel's group (a relatively young architectural firm in Denmark)
Modern designs and ideas 

Top 5 movies:
J: Last of the Mohicans
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars
The Fountainhead

N: A Walk to Remember
The Lake House
One More Chance
Notting Hill
50 First Dates

Top 5 books:
J: Lord of the Rings
A Walk to Remember
Steve Jobs biography

N: The Bible
Design Yourself by Karim Rashid
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Star Girl
Tipping Point

Music you listen to:
J: Alternative rock
N: Alternative and Manila sound

5 Favorite websites:


When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time?
J: Spend quality time with my wife and family, fix up our new house, travel, wakeboard, and think of work
N: I just got married, so my husband and I are busy fixing up the house. I want to go back to painting and arts & crafts. That's my next project!

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be?
J: Advertising or sculpture
N: I would probably be in real estate or in the jewelry business

If you can have any super power, what would it be?
J: To be able to rebuild poorly planned cities with a flick of a finger
N: I would love to fly and to be able to stop time

What is the biggest problem of the world right now?
J: Selfishness, self-centeredness, and lack of care towards each other and the environment. Apathy.
N: People are so used to technology that they're dependent on it and they forget about the environment

What do you think is the solution: 
J: Is for everyone to feel how it is to suffer, even for just a while, so that they will realize the importance of things
N: Awareness and practice of conserving the environment in small ways

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far?
J: Don't trust anyone else except yourself and your family. If you want something to happen, insist for it to occur with a combination of will power, luck, and faith. Before you know it, the universe will conspire for it to happen.

N: Make the most out of every moment in life. Faith and prayer will bring you as far as you will it to. Trust that God is in control of your life and you will not have to worry about anything else.

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read):
J: When she said "Yes" :)
N: If you are truly passionate and enjoy what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

everywhere we shoot

This duo's passion for art, design, and fashion is mirrored by their work space bursting with art pieces, books, and autographs by their idols. Take a peek inside the eye-candy studio of Ryan Vergara and Garovs Garrovillo of Everywhere We Shoot! :)

An autograph of graphic designer Peter Saville
A Manuel Ocampo piece
Leeroy New sculptures and a framed autograph of fashion photographer Jeurgen Teller 
Everywhere We Shoot mugs
(right) Autograph of British artist Tracey Emin 
(left to right) Dina Gadia and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin framed works

Ryan Vergara + Garovs Garrovillo of Everywhere We Shoot
(Makati City, Philippines)

Occupation: We do Photography + Styling + Graphic Design


Favorite toy as a child:
Ryan: RC!
Garovs: Barbies and Gumamelas

Favorite toy now:
R: iPhone haha!
G: The iPhone is not a toy, it's a necessity! My favorite toys now are my iPhone apps. LOL!

What are the 5 things that inspire you right now?
R: 1. Magazines
     2. Art
     3. Books
     4. Yakult
     5. T-shirts

     2. The color white & dirt
     3. Dimly lit places
     4. Random things on Pinterest
     5. People I follow on Instagram

Who are your influences?
R: Andy Warhol, Inez & Vinoodh, Stefan Sagmeister, Terry Richardson, Peter Saville, Eduardo Recife of Misprinted Type, the people behind Men's Non-no, Thomas Schostok of, and Helmut Newton

G: Gaga! Bjork, Karen O, Carrie Bradshaw, Andy Warhol, Terry Richardson, Michel Gondry, Sofia Coppola, Wong Kar-Wai, Ryan Vergara, and Oscar the Grouch

Top 5 movies:
R: 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
     2. Trainspotting
     3. Chungking Express
     4. Kill Bill
     5. A Clockwork Orange and MANY MORE!!!

G: 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
     2. 2046
     3. The Lonely Guy
     4. Empire Records
     5. Candy

Top 5 books:
1. Terryworld
2. Sagmeister: Made You Look
3. Fashion Now 1 & 2
4. Fotografie: Inez & Vinoodh #55
5. Helmut Newton

Music you listen to:
Most of what everyone else listens to and 96.3 W-rock haha!

5 Favorite websites:
R: 1. Google
     2. Tumblr
     3. Twitter
     4. Philmug
     5. Facebook

G: 1. Pinterest
     2. Google
     3. Tumblr
     4. Youtube
     5. Vimeo

When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time?
We're mallrats on weekdays, on weekends tambay lang with friends.

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be?
We wouldn't!!! We're so happy!

If you can have any super power, what would it be?
G: That I can make my head of hair grow super fast, super silky hair in any length and in any color, whenever I want!

What is the biggest problem of the world right now?
R: When the next new iPhone is coming out!!!
G: It's so hard to be original anymore!!

What do you think is the solution?
R: Read Apple forum websites lol
G: Try and try to be different! Never give up!

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far?
R: Say no, when you can't do it.
G: Go to the bathroom whenever one is available because it might be your last chance to got to a clean one. Hahaha!

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read):
R: It's not the PANA, it's the INDIAN! Har har har!
G: "Lahat nahahanap na sa internet, ano kaya kalalabasan ng works natin kung tigilan muna magresearch at tumingin ng art ng iba"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

raymund marasigan

Filipino rock icon, Raymund Marasigan, opens his home to Anik-Anik Love. :)

His work station
Finding new use for an old piano
A studio at the basement of his house for jamming sessions
Wings that were given to Raymund by a fan. It actually swings up, down, forward, and back.
He has a habit of buying old synthesizers. 
(Left) Munny designed by Raymund's daughter, Atari

Raymund Marasigan
(Marikina, Philippines)

Occupation: Musician. I play for Sandwich, Pedicab, Gaijin, and Cambio. Sometimes, I also produce records for other bands.

Favorite toys as a child: Lego, Atari, Nintendo

Favorite toys now: reason 6, ableton live 8, and synthesizers

Turn-ons: hard working creative people

Turn-offs: lazy complainers

What are things that inspire you right now? Drum lessons with Mike Alba inspired me to be a better musician, trying out new ideas working with Team Manila and Locked Down, goofing off with my daughter, working with Dong Abay (very intense), and watching Chris Garcia work (meticulously detailed and focused). I'm also inspired to work on songwriting after watching my OPM heroes at Ryan Cayabyab's music camp in Dumaguete.

Top 5 movies: An American Werewolf in London, Out of Sight, Exit Through the Gift Shop, The Lord of the Rings, and Moonraker

Top 5 books: The Delta Star by Joseph Wambaugh, Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Tunesmith by Jimmy Webb, and recently, I read the (three) Dragon Tattoo books by Stieg Larsson (before the movie screening).

Music you listen to: (I'm a bit late but) I just got into dubstep after catching some local DJs in B-side, Makati. Recently, I've been heavily playing the Black Keys, Yuck, Jay Dilla, Justice, The Social Network soundtrack, Gary Granada, and Tom Waits.

5 Favorite websites: I don't surf a lot. I mostly just email.

When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? Bike

If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? (If I had the skills) I think it would be pretty cool to be a tattoo artist or a hairdresser. You can travel and work almost anywhere in the world.

If you can have any super power, what would it be? Kiri Dalena beats everyone with China (Haha), so I'd settle for traffic destroyer.

What is the biggest problem of the world right now? Illiteracy

What do you think is the solution? Education

What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? There are no short cuts.

Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): Art and music, not politics, are the markers of our lives. 


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