Almario sisters bring iconic luxury and innovative living to life

(The Philippine Star) - November 17, 2012 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -  For the kind of individual who appreciates refined tastes, a studio unit at The Stratford Residences is an option. With its model unit, designed exclusively by leisure industry designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario, multi-faceted and driven individuals can now unwind in a modern enclave that features chrome and black glass fixtures with stylish avant-garde furnishings inspired by world famous designer Philippe Starck — a design concept that gives it a crisp, clean and masculine designer-caliber feel.

With well-lit spaces that feature neutral hints of steel gray, slate, and white, the pad’s premium fixtures, structured proportions, and minimalistic design elements convey a functional yet contemporary space befitting an individual who thrives in a dynamic atmosphere of superior luxury and polished ambience.

Only the finest designs make the cut for the Almario sisters, who, for years, have delivered the best design solutions for a roster of highly-esteemed clients, both local and abroad, including designer Philipp Rodriguez, many of the Aboitizes, the Ayala Group, restaurants like Café 1771 in Ortigas, high-end residential areas North and South Forbes Parks in Makati and Tierra Pura in Quezon City, to name a few. The sisters have given interiors of high-end residences, hotels, restaurants and offices of industry titans their own sophisticated touch, utilizing their mastery of a wide array of design trends, catapulting them to the forefront of commercial design.

Their eye for aesthetics helped define living spaces nestled within the country’s premier business district, Makati, in a development that can only be described as iconic and worthy of towering regard —The Stratford Residences.

Because today’s modern pleasure-seeking urbanite deserves only the best in luxury and elegance combined with the ease of integrated living, Picar Development, Inc. (Picar), an emerging real estate development company, commissioned the Almario sisters, through their interior design studio Atelier Almario, to design model units for The Stratford Residences, a real estate landmark that will become the tallest residential building in the entire country.

“It was the one project where we are doing all the modeling, so that’s something we’re really excited about,” shares Cynthia. “Plus, it’s supposed to be the tallest so we’re thrilled to work on an iconic landmark such as this.”

With complete Wi-Fi and 12 value added services provided by Cisco Systems, Inc.,  The Stratford Residences boasts specially designed security control systems, as well as energy, ventilation, and communication technology features, making it the country’s tallest intelligent residential tower as well.

 “We specifically had the units designed to merge functionality with stunning aesthetics, while complementing the technologically-advanced features the development takes pride in having,” says Ivy Almario.

“In this endeavor, we had to showcase three different looks, each for a corresponding unit cut—which is nice because we were able to test our ability, our design, and our concepts. We had to come up with a concept for each unit and present what we think will best entice the target for the kinds of rooms the development offers,” explains Cynthia.

Apart from the stylish bachelor studio, the sisters also designed the two-bedroom model, which showcases a soothing London vibe. The Almarios had it designed with the global Filipino family in mind, saying that their inspiration was modern and a little transitional. On the other hand, the one-bedroom is more for the hip and glamorous women of the city. “We put there a space that resembles a home office, because we were very aware of how mixing function with comfort greatly complements the sophisticated lifestyle of the dynamic woman,” Cynthia adds.

Danny Jugno, general manager of Picar Development Inc., added that aside from having units that feature elegant aesthetics, The Stratford Residences will also have a diverse selection of amenities master-planned for answering the lifestyle needs of future residents and their guests.

“Our mix of amenities will definitely pcater to any requirement of the modern elite, giving them spaces for maximum recreational leisure and comfort,” shares Jugno. “Our thoughtfully-designed amenities include adult and kiddie pools, a day-care center, a meditation garden, a music library, a mini theatre, lanai areas, and an upscale restaurant at the roof deck where one can dine in style while basking in panoramic views of the Makati skyline.”

For information, visit http://stratford.ph or e-mail inquiry@picardevelopment.com.

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