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This was Ed Calma’s first house in North Forbes and it will always have an important place in our corpus of work.

Let us rewind 20 years ago. At the time, all houses were dark and gloomy, featuring mediterranean arches in dark colors, from brick and deep colored marble. Ed Calma entered the industry and radically changed everything. The clean light space didn’t exist yet in Philippine design. He opened the industry to what will become the standard for the next quarter century. His early pioneering work in minimalism and the use of natural stone set the stage and gave us a window into the future.

This Kaufman onyx wall almost did not exist. The owner was going to fit a giant glass artwork mural by Impy Pilapil. This extremely talented artist was to be commissioned for a giant glass wall in her signature modernist style. The idea to install such a large area of onyx was unheard of. People know how much onyx cost, and to use it for such a big area would cost a fortune. I realized price would be an issue in such a large ambitious design like this. With cost savings in mind, I was able to recommend an onyx color and module size that brought down the cost to 25% of the original market price. Yes, just to make it perfectly clear, the client saved 75%.

To us, our goal is to find solutions to make these stone masterpieces materialize. Often, that means thinking outside the box, to source stone from new and exotic origins and offer materials other Filipino suppliers have not yet even heard of.

These pioneering works by Calma were produced before the IG and Pinterest era. To generate these icon gems required one to peer into the future. One had to be truly a visionary. Googling and copying from the internet was still years away. Every architectural detail had to be studied and invented. It is under such masters that our company’s origins were defined.

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