Showcasing a curated art and antiques collection, Migs Rosales creates a story in his residential projects.
This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s December 2023-January 2024 Issue.
Building a collection is one thing, making sense of your trove–especially if it’s of the eclectic type–can be an overwhelming challenge. But you can always call on interior-designer-cum-art-advisor Migs Rosales, who combines his skills in decorating spaces and curating art for homes and corporate accounts to create unique experiences.
As the creative director and founder of his own company, Caramel Creative Consultancy Philippines, Rosales has worked on some of the most high-profile projects in Metro Manila, that includes the gorgeous restoration of the Villaroman mansion in Pasay City, now known as Casa de Memoria. He is also behind the art acquisitions of the Shangri-La hotel chain which now boasts one of the most diverse collections of contemporary Filipino art.
Rosales is just as prolific when collaborating with galleries and art organizers. In 2028, in what may as well be one of the most visually compelling presentations the Philippine art world has conjured, he transformed Finale Art File’s Tall Gallery into a museum, giving the space a broody setting against which Annie Cabigting’s canvases were staged. This year, he curated the solo exhibition of Filipina abstractionist Rosario Bitangga for Art Fair Philippines.
He takes a similar approach to residential projects, such as the townhouse that Rosales redecorated last year. According to him, his clients “wanted a refresh of their unit to also highlight their growing art and antiques collection and give the place a new feel.”
“We did incorporate some existing items that still worked for the update to give create layers that reflect the couple’s history,” Rosales adds.
Neutrals As The Starting Point
It all starts with the ideal background of neutrals, with walls painted in muted hues. For consistency, the palette continues with the fabrics used for the window treatments and upholstery. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors bounce light across the rooms, and give an illusion of expanse. After the atmosphere had been established, Rosales and his team went about staging the objects from the homeowners’ inventory.
“We advised them on the layouts for each item in their collection. From antique furniture to artworks and artifacts,” Rosales says. “As well as suggested supporting pieces to fill the other needs in their spaces.” The final outcome displays Rosales’ infallible taste and expertise. He layered modern elements with traditional details in a soft atmosphere. Displaying his clients’ collection of art and antiques to dazzling effect.
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Photos by Willy Saw.