INTERIOR designer Maria Ann Venturina-Bulanadi mounted a Filipino-themed exhibition for the celebration of Philippine School of Interior Design’s (PSID) 50th anniversary last Oct. 1 at Bonifacio Global City.

Bulanadi, who teaches at the College of Fine Arts and Design, highlighted two “advocacies” in her exhibit titled “The Adaptive Reuse of Historical Interiors and Promotion of Philippine Contemporary Arts to be Used in Interior Space.”

“As a Thomasian and as a PSID alumna, I want to share my advocacies not [to] the community here but for the whole nation. I want the advocacy to be known to us and help the nation,” Bulanadi told the Varsitarian in an interview.

Bulanadi said she got her inspiration from the interiors of Bahay Nakpil-Bautista’s jewelria room (jewelry room) in Quezon City.

A collaborative painting of Cha Salcedo and Bulanadi of a cabinet and Oliver Rabara’s work of Virgo Pulchara stone sculpture are displayed on the side of Bulandi’s designed space.

The exhibit consisted of 24 designed spaces that emphasized trends in design aesthetics in the last decade: the unconventional shaping of chairs such as chaises and ottomans and the strategic positioning of multiple mirrors in one space.

The exhibit also featured the art pieces of Thomasian painters Derrick Macutay, Abe Orobia and Norma Belleza, whose works depicted Filipino tradition and culture as well as family ties.

Magel Cadapan loaned her family’s wood sculpture showing the “merging” of Filipino and Spanish cultures in terms of socio-religio principles.

The exhibit runs until Oct. 31.


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