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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07374 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03594 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30869 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02653 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01999 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.14779 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13823 Chinese Yuan
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.0492 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.13744 Danish Krone
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.18602 Algerian Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.36285 Egyptian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01847 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01569 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0157 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08205 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88052 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 185.36145 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14727 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.10221 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15618 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46867 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13713 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33153 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.74598 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 267.38956 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07311 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29488 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.71486 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 651.34539 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16064 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.5751 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20343 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06888 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.34789 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 80.12048 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 18.07229 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.75743 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0061 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01647 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25622 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.38584 Moldovan Leu
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1 Philippine Peso = 27.04819 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.27309 Mongolian Tugrik
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1 Philippine Peso = 7.14859 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6994 Mauritius Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.37604 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08831 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.261 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.59056 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17162 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07129 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02861 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00772 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.065 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06586 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10141 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07841 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.69879 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07311 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08354 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11942 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.43896 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07529 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15744 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27046 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13372 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17781 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02796 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01569 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4459 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.5984 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.98394 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 452.80121 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17514 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.34096 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26104 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.68916 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05006 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04645 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07169 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13453 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60745 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.77912 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53434 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.53012 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02008 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57068 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 74.29719 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2003 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 456.10443 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17892 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0517 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 12.11064 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05422 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 12.18876 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19137 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.01908 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26099 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 104.20683 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.26707 Zimbabwe dollar

Designing a functional living space

MULTI-AWARDED interior designer Jigs Adefuin shares how people can achieve their dream homes

Everyone has a dream home. People imagine living in an incredible space that reflects their personality and style, has been tailored specifically for them, and complements the way they live their life. But this ideal house does not happen by chance. It takes careful planning and remarkable creativity to create beautiful, functional spaces. A good interior designer can help to realize this goal.

“Many people get intimidated by the idea of hiring an interior designer. Some people want to save money and attempt to design their homes themselves. Others are concerned about the process of working with a designer. But unless they are incredibly skilled or born prodigies, they probably will hit trial upon expensive trial while they piece their dream home together. Having an excellent interior designer at the helm is never a bad idea,” says multi-awarded Filipino interior designer IDr. Jigs Adefuin.
 
Hiring a designer

Hiring an interior designer, Adefuin explains, will help illuminate people on the intricacies and realities of their dream home. A good interior designer will tell his clients what is possible and not, what are the prevailing trends, and what design fits their lifestyle.

Truth is, hiring an interior designer will help you avoid costly mistakes and save time. Interior design is a delicate balance between art and science. As designers, they have spatial perspective to see the whole picture that clients most often can’t see. They are also trained to think creatively, with great attention to details from furniture placement, fixtures, proper lighting and down to fabric choices and color schemes.

“Interior designers are not there to harshly criticize your home. We are here to help you achieve your dream space. We shield you from doing expensive mistake while you build your dream home,” says Adefuin who believes that an interior designer is like a captain of a private jet plane where “the client sets the destination and points of interest, and the interior designer navigates to get there, working within the client’s likes and budget.” 
 
Finding the perfect balance

In designing a living space, communication between the client and the designer is the key. Both the client and designer should have the same goal and vision. 

“When clients visit my office, I always converse with them on different topics, mostly not related to house design, just to give me an insight on their personality. Once I realize and make connections between their desires and established styles, I often show them books featuring designs that will fit their profile,” shares Adefuin who earned his masters in interior and living design at the prestigious Nuova Academia di Belle Arti Milano’s Domus Academy in Milan.

Designing a space depends on various factors. What kind of home are you planning? Which room you are re-designing? What will the space be used for -- a living space, a storage or for entertaining guests? How much is the budget? These are some questions that clients need to relay to their designer.
 
Functional pieces for your living space

Aside from doing interiors, Adefuin also engages in furniture designing.  For his designs, what matters is the objective, the vision, to make the creative process spontaneous and organic. His design ideas can come from the materials themselves.

 ““I like to study the play of textures. For me, it [texture] is not just about the feel of the material on human skin, but also how it’s perceived visually by the eyes. Thus, I pay considerable amount of attention to how they are layered and mind the elements that give them their character: opacity, lightness, etc.” shares Adefuin.

In both interior and furniture, Adefuin believes that functionality is very important. “When designing, budding designers should always first consider the function of the space or the furniture. Function will always trump form. No matter how nice the design is, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, it is essentially useless,” Adefuin points out.

Once he has the function down, Adefuin  would then start designing the space or the furniture to fit the purpose. 

“The design style is usually dictated by the client’s likes, experiences and interests. I usually pick pieces of furniture that fit their style, mixing and matching them while preserving the sense of balance throughout the design space. Color and texture harmony should also be considered. The design must achieve an overall cohesiveness, regardless of the variation and disparity in colors, textures and sizes. Lastly, I believe that a well-designed interior must be admired, so good lighting is a must,” enthuses Adefuin.
 
Setting new trends

This year, Adefuin shares that the new trend is all about being green. “2017 will be a banner year for Pantone. Greenery will be the apple of everyone’s eye. Combined with bold geometric patterns, this daring yet relaxing shade will open a lot of possibilities for design.”

In the past few years, there has been a movement towards rustic and artisanal. Adefuin thinks that if this continues, there will be a resurgence of glass-blown and wrought copper or bronze sculptures and accessories. “The muted sheen of white ceramics makes for a startling contrast when paired with the sprightliness of greenery. The saying ‘history repeats itself’’ will resonate as the 70’s-inspired aura of greenery will be the touchstone for this year’s design scene.”

There is also a growing interest in sustainable design, a principle that aims to minimize the negative impact of certain designs by consciously incorporating materials that are low-impact, renewable, non-toxic, and locally produced. It is a culmination of intelligent design with the intention of avoiding waste.

With the thriving condo living in the metro, Adefuin takes the challenge of designing small spaces. “Working in small spaces requires flexible thinking. One has to decide and situate all of the functions the clients need within the space, and then bring in the aesthetics. Whether the space is huge or small, comfort and function are the major considerations. A room is a space to live – it’s a shelter. It has to contain the things one needs for subsistence and sustenance both physical and spiritual, and provide a level of ease and security.”
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