Saturday, December 15, 2012

Design Idea: The Stack.

Back in October, a friend from the office, who happens to own a furniture customization business, approached me and asked for a bed design idea suitable for a condominium unit. I can't remember if it was a studio or a one bedroom unit. Anyway, assuming that it was a small space, I picked the sofa bed and started sketching my version of it.

Here's the Stack.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Holiday Photowalking.

October 28 to November 4. It was a long break from work.


I visited my hometown, the city of Naga in the province of Camarines Sur, to spend the Halloween holidays. On November 1 and 2, my family and I paid a visit to my mother's hometown, Bulan, Sorsogon. They say Sorsogon is the Switzerland of the Orient. It's got many mountain ranges that I would always look forward to seeing them whenever I get the chance to go to Bulan. In those two days, I did some pleasant photowalking.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Design Idea: Intersect 22. An Outdoor Attempt.

Apparently, this is not the "interesting chair" that I declared on my last post a month ago. I still have some reservations on how to execute its design but nevertheless I shelved that concept for future work.

For the meantime, this is the first time that I moved away from the indoor theme that has been present in my previous designs. You might expect a sunlight on the output. Alas, I still haven't tested my skill on the natural lighting department (but it's still on my AutoCAD priorities list). So before I dive into the natural lighting worry pool, here's my outdoor chair concept that incorporates lines and some curve, the Intersect 22.

Why the name Intersect 22?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Design Idea: Jigsaw. Seven-In-One.

While I was already on the process of designing my next chair (a round ottoman), I encountered an illustration from the AutoCAD book that I'm reading (this book came from the AutoCAD weekend class I  attended earlier this year) and it depicted a shape similar to a jigsaw puzzle. I was quick to hold off the round ottoman and jumped into doing this one. I was really engrossed by the shape that was made possible by a specific AutoCAD command.

The Jigsaw ottoman.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


You might accuse me of being very domesticated for doing this activity but I just had to look for ways to fight boredom, a thing that loves to visit me on weekends. The whole month of August had me fixated on shaping origami furniture.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Southern Bolt from the Blue.

When August came, my zest for the upcoming Davao trip was wobbly. I had no idea what to put on the itinerary. Certainly, the "Davao = Durians" thinking did not help. And I was still reeling a bit from the expenses in Boracay back in June. But the biggest thing that almost ruined my gusto? The torrential monsoon rains that pounded the metro!

I was just left asking in the dark, "Will I ever get to say 'Hello Davao!'?"

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Unearthed What Might Have Been My Thesis Poster.

It wasn't a trip down the memory lane, but a few days ago, I suddenly remembered my design for what could have been the final version of my thesis poster. I rushed and took out my external hard drive to find out if I still have a copy. Lucky that I still have it! 

Did I already have an obsession for solids and lines back then?

Lines, cubes, colors. I made this in Photoshop. *I'm not sure why this one has those gray layers.*

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Design Idea: Elliptical. Its Unlikely Inspiration.

I love lines! I do. Whether they're intersecting or parallel to one another. Be they diagonal or perpendicular. You name them, I love them. They're generally evident in my previous designs. But this time, I was up to the challenge (as well as part of improving my furniture drafting and designing craft) of putting some curves.

This is The Elliptical. The inspiration behind it? Prepare to say 'very unlikely'!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Eiga Sai Experience.


That's what I learned from the Eiga Sai Film Festival 2012. Well, 60 percent of it came from the fact that watching the films was free. The rest? The Shangri-La Mall mainly hosted this event (annually!) and that mall is a five-minute ride from where I'm staying; I'm not a die-hard fan but I can say that I like almost anything about the Japanese culture (I'm an anime fan by the way); Eiga Sai is something different from the things that take up my current normal day so I wanted to try.

Promotional poster from  Photo caption doesn't allow you to type links. :|

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Design Idea: Amusement. Lift and...Surpise!

After designing those chairs that you probably came across with on this humble blog of mine, I began to move on doing tables. In contrast to the first chair I did, which was more of applying what I learned from the AutoCAD course or what I called 'testing the waters', I tried to tinker my creativity in doing this table by tapping in some transformation.  The result? A dual purpose table, changing from a coffee table to a playful-looking study table - I did not have any particular name to this design.

If this was real, how would one do the transformation?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Design Idea: Book Boxes.

Modernity dictates that the bookshelf no longer has to be traditional. Just like the bookshelves you can see on this inspiring post by Freshome. I'm pretty sure you reacted the same way I did after seeing those beautiful and lovely designs. And talk about inspiration, I did my version of the bookshelf by incorporating it with a bench. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Popsicle Stick Puzzle Preoccupation.

A preoccupation caused by a random wikiHow post I saw on my Facebook news feed. I was caught by the premise of this activity that could solve the holed-up-nothing-to-do problem. And I did not mind at all that this was a suggested activity for kids. Nevertheless, this might have helped me begin my return to doing art stuff.

So, the inspiration? A little hangover of my trip to Boracay Island a few weeks ago.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Skylight and Butterflies.

Just a quick post about what I've seen today. I went to the mall, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, along with my mom and niece to stroll. We happened to drop by the Atrium on the 5th floor and I got the urge to take pictures of the skylight and the hanging paper butterflies. I thought the compulsion came really late as I've been seeing these things for many times whenever I pass by that area.

Atrium skylight.

Hanging paper butterflies.

Probably, there was something about this day. Maybe inspiration just struck me.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mi Sueno's Stunning Promise.

The great thing about going to one of the best beaches in the world during the low season?

Aside from having a more wonderful-experience-because-of-the-less-number-of-tourists vacation, you get to relax peacefully because-there's-plenty-of-better-hotels-to-stay-at for a low price!

But I don't want to sound like an advertising junkie here. I just want to share my experience with this lovely apartment we (with my sister and her boyfriend) stayed in Boracay Island the other weekend. Perhaps, it was the best weekend of my life. I got to scratch "To go to Boracay!" off my lifetime wish list. But I do want to go back there someday. Anyhow, this is my first (so-called) design review.

Photo by Why did I forget to take a photo of the whole place from oustide?
This is the Mi Sueno Apartments. It's situated on a sort of remote hill of Brgy. Bulabog. It cost us P3000 per night to get two rooms, indeed a very good deal. I failed to get a picture of the entrance but it has this very elevated cemented stairs, with uneven difference in the height between each step that put our patience and stamina to the test. According to the site, the architecture was built to European specifications with Euro/Asian looks.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Design Idea: Young. Reversible. elbisreveR.

By the time I was done with my first chair, I thought I should begin my quest in creating more functional furniture. Inspired by the cramped (and expensive!) home spaces that are sprawling in the metro, I have here my version of a reversible chair.

What I had in mind was simple - a chair that I can flip with the arm rests, painted with two different colors, becoming the legs, and turn it over back to its early look. I believe this can be convenient for anyone who wants a chair with two looks but takes up the same amount of space.

The only sketch I made for the idea.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Design Idea: Gypsum.

As promised, I'll be sharing my furniture concept designs right here, every now and then. Mentioning again that I finally managed to bring myself back to blogging, I'm glad that these experiments, as I like to call them, found their home. So after my graduation from the CAD weekend class in early February, I began to design furniture and it went to become my passionate hobby. As of now, I have designed three chairs and one table, all virtually stored in my portfolio.

I named my first chair The Gypsum Chair for the reason that I used a gypsum wood as the material for the seat and seat back.  For the stile and legs, I used metallic and glossy black and red colors respectively. But before I present the final design, here is the Gypsum Chair design in my early sketch.

Monday, May 28, 2012

My Love Affair with Design.

In the late half of 2011, I threw myself into thinking of what I would really love to do with my life, particularly the job that I would really love to do and make me say 'I really love my job, I'm no longer gonna have to work a day in my life!' brouhaha. The process brought back a ghost from the past - the frustration of not taking a degree in Architecture. When I was a kid, my mom used to watch me draw our own house and she told me how good I was. She noted that I was very detailed on my illustration. But our finances went rough, so I had to take a college course that would save me from starving. Right now my day job in an IT firm stays true to one of its premises. I guess the ghost came back after I lied to my coworker that I got over it and pronounced that I have nothing to lose. Nah, this is a serious matter of the heart.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Another Fresh Start.

For many months now, I've been really itching to get back to blogging.  I had a blog that ran as Jasper On The Loose from 2010 to the middle of 2011.  Unfortunately, I got plagued with the depression of being unable to post anything.  However, I realized I was wrong to think that I had nothing to post when in fact so many things have happened on those down times. It was bad for me to even forget that the important part of blogging is to express myself.

And hallelujah! I finally pulled all the might (yes, you might have just read that on the About Me section of the blog but I'm speaking of this force in general) to bring back myself to expressing a lot of things - my interest, musings, what-not.  So Jas Saying, which I played with the common phrase by replacing 'just', is intended to be a collection of my thoughts, everyday life, and interests, particularly on interior and furniture concepts, illustrations and anything that takes on art.  This is one channel, that I really hope, will help me push myself further to make my dream come true.  Lately, I've been exposed to many things that inspire me.  As I begin to form this blog, I will be taking those inspirations on the posts that I will be making.  For now, this is just a start.