Designing for millennials


    TECHNOLOGY, the need for sustainability, and other conditions unique to the Philippine setting are profoundly shaping the mindset and even the values of the millennial generation. This mindset influences their preferences, sensibilities, needs, the way they choose to live, work and play, and naturally, the way they utilize space.

    Motif Studio, a spin-off of Mundo Design and Build is a company firmly committed to sustainability, and to ensuring that more Filipinos are able to benefit from the countless advantages of professionally designed, and expertly finished spaces and structures.

    Motif Studio’s chief designer MJ Ringor, regards Motif as a return to his first love, design.

    As a design firm, Ringor envisions Motif as a creative collaborator with clients, not an absolute authority on design. Millennials as a rule know what they want, and what they like, which fits in nicely with Motif’s positioning.

    Mundo Design and Build did the fitting out of Hectare One, the first office of Erwan Heussaff and Nico Bolzico. Hectare One has since become the quintessential example of the millennial workplace style, values and life philosophy.

    MJ Ringor
    MJ Ringor

    Motif has since designed Hectare Two and Chingolo, Erwan and Nico’s new deli. The collaboration with the duo is typical of the kind of collaboration Motif Studio aims for.

    A sustainable design practice Motif shares with Hectare One and Two is repurposing Built when industrial glass was not nearly as strong as it is today, the building lacks a solid curtain wall of glass façade, it instead has tiny vertical windows.

    But by using an egalitarian approach to space planning, Motif moved the common areas inward and divided them with glass instead of interior walls or wood panels.

    Surprisingly, this enabled the tiny windows to bring sunlight into the farthest rooms.


    Distribution of natural light is a huge consideration in sustainable design.

    Just as sustainability influences design in the new millennium, the invention of air conditioning meant that in most of the 20th century, aesthetics, ventilation, and any attempt at evoking emotion or making a statement with design became secondary concerns to minimalism, practicality, ergonomics and efficiency.

    But the paradigm has shifted, rather than efficiency as it is measured in meters and man hours, optimum human efficiency is now the top concern. Usability, livability, as well as conduciveness to work, and creativity are now just as important as efficiency and ergonomics. Combine these with other virtues, and sustainability follows.

    With design services divided into hospitality, commercial, and residential sub specialties, Motif Studio is in a position to offer customized and specific solutions and design elements to meet the needs of diverse and demanding clientele. MJ Ringor stresses that part of the firm’s commitment will be to offer design services at various price points- from low, mid to high, so that more Filipinos can enjoy the many benefits of professional design.