My mother was the greatest influence in my life. She turned everything into an art form. An ordinary umbrella into a parasol with billowing ruffles all hand sewn….a whole ensemble of flowing Hawaiian white grass skirt stitched with red random string of flowers and matching red top, beads and sea shell interlaced necklace, all for a school dance. When I was about 5 she made me an organza Terno with gold lace, leaves and cabbage roses for a Santa Cruzan Mayflower festival. These changed the way I see things. My grandfather also inspired me. I saw a few rolls of his hand drawn exterior elevations on canvas with capiz windows and wrought iron balustrada. In my mind I said I can do that, and I’m hooked for life sketching away…He was an architect.
When my Mom was taken too soon, my Aunt and Uncle gave me a lifetime gift, my education at College of the Holy Spirit, BFA-Major in Interior Design. The Ilustracion logo, an Italian Renaissance Dante chair, was derived from my thesis, Period Styles of Furniture.
I was fortunate to have travelled and lived at several Asian countries for work. From Philippines to Hong Kong, for Steelcase and Knoll and Brunei to set-up Scandinavian furniture showroom. Singapore, which is most dear to me, very eclectic, fast pace and breathtaking. Here I had an opportunity to design almost everything; furniture for Omnia who supplies for the famous Raffles Hotel, high-end residential under I & T Interiors, CKT Thomas for public spaces like Tan Tock Seng Hospital and numerous Children’s Libraries. It was very competitive and your adrenalin keeps on pumping. Food is just divine and British Colonial architecture everywhere, again breathtaking….
Then I found home, here in California. I started as a draftsman with JF Interiors who is based in Pasadena. Now I am currently blessed with wonderful clients of my own whose desires and demands keeps me creative…My staff who supports me and puts up with my long hours and meticulous ways.
Kindly enjoy browsing….Each project has a part of us…..