There are those who believe that one’s workspace is a reflection of its owner. This, you believe with sincerity, as the many hats you wear—corporate or casual, playful or professional—proves thusly. You’re a multitasker in the truest sense of the word, as your personal work desk shows: able to stay busy on your trusty iPad in traffic and comfortable with juggling numbers on-the-go, with room for a bit of fun on the weekend (The dinosaur figurine, a reminder of a raucous night in Ibiza with friends).
Every piece has a personal meaning, like the candle that reminds you of calmness in chaos. But never one to be in a constant state of rest, you’d like to think that the hourglass symbolizes a need to hustle, its fine sand particles more maddening than the hands of your very practical desk clock. When the workday ends—and the time to unwind with a nice Sauvignon Blanc begins—you shut off your lamp and rearrange the quill one last time before you go. Why the quill, in a desk where everything has its logical place? Sometimes, much like other things in your life, it’s simply nice to have around. —Margarita Buenaventura
Galvanized file stand, P1950, Pottery Barn. Saddle leather desk stationary box, P1,950, Pottery Barn. Photographer’s task table lamp, P8,950, Pottery Barn. B5 ringed notebook, P185, Muji. A5 ringed notebook, P95. Hardbound black notebook, P565, Muji. Hexagonal oil-based ballpoint pens, P65 each, Muji. Sand hourglass, P1,500, K I S H. Alarm clock, P4,500, K I S H. Feather calligraphy pen, P1,380, AC +632. Leather journal, P1,780, AC +632. Lilianna Manahan ‘Nog’ figure, P7,500, AC +632. Leather iPad case, P3,880, AC +632. Rollerball pens, P1,980 each, AC +632. Liana Rosa leather eyewear case, P2,900, Firma. Voluspa beaded glass candle, P2,495, Dimensione. Ridley’s Games Room card game set, Firma.
Firma is located in G/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. Pottery Barn is located in G/F Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. AC +632 is located in 2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center. Dimensione is located in B6, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Muji is located in 2/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. K I S H is located in 233 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-air, Makati City.
Photographed by Gabby Cantero
Photographer assisted by Bert Santos
Styled by MJ Benitez
Stylist assisted by Kat Fernando