To mark its 45th year of honing excellent Filipino interior designers, the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) mounts "Gabay: Dibuhong Umaakay", the graduation exhibit of the PSID Advanced Class of 2012, from Sept. 29 to Oct 31, at the former Super Sale Club, SM City North EDSA, North Ave. cor. EDSA, Quezon City.
In cooperation with SM City North EDSA Interior Zone and the National Council for Disability Affairs, "Gabay" showcases 23 different spaces for the visually-impaired (Tanaw), hearing-impaired (Dinig), geriatric (Galaw), and orthopedically-challenged (Tindig).
PSID wants to mark this milestone anniversary by mounting an exhibit that also resonates with social relevance. "As a school, PSID wants to reach all sectors of society and we want to show that even if you have a disability, you can still have a beautiful space," explains Jie Pambid, Advanced Class of 2012 adviser "."
Sponsored by Boysen, Ivan Acuña, APO Flooring, and Mity Mike, "Gabay" also aims to raise the exhibit audience's awareness on the daily challenges of people with disabilities and encourage them to think of solutions for a more barrier-free society.
Showcased in the Dinig area for the hearing-impaired are: "Visu-Centric Living Room" which features a curved layout so the client can see everything in the room; "Memoirs of Audrey," a contemporary rococo dining room designed that features mirrors to be able to see the entire space, and wood for that easily conveys vibrations for the users to feel; "Remnants", a rustic contemporary kitchen designed specifically for a retired soldier who lost his hearing in service, features high-technology appliances and gadgets including a set of lights that serve as timer device for the gas range and coffee maker; "Tinig" is a lanai area where stones are used as material for acoustics purposes, with a doorbell system that sends vibrations through the floor for the client to feel; "If Walls Could Speak" is a pop art bedroom that has a traffic light alarm system where red lights up for the doorbell and yellow for the phone; and "Fluid Affair," a toilet and bath that maximizes sight lines and a visual alarm system that lights up.
In the Tindig area for those in wheelchairs are: "Limitless", a minimalist, barrier-free living room that has multi-functional pieces such as a side table with wheels; "Pios de Kainan" is a Filipino-inspired dining area designed for a family whose father is wheelchair-bound; "Tempered Tenacity" has a rounded kitchen island for easy maneuverability on a wheelchair; "Outdoor Serenity: The Realm of Lanai Living" features a cantilevered floating seat reflecting the artistic side of the client; "Abot Kamay" is a bedroom designed for former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Naprey Almario that features a pull out king-sized bed for ease in changing sheets and a Tinalak-inspired headboard to reflect the client's roots in Davao; and "Brave Art" is a pop art inspired bathroom that features a bathtub with a seesaw mechanism for easy transfer from a wheelchair.
For the visually-impaired, Tanaw booths include: "Beyond Sight" a living room where heavy furniture is used so the blind client could easily memorize their location, with a feature wall that bears a quote from the book "The Little Prince" in Braille; "Beyond the Naked Eye" is a dining room space for those with low vision featuring a custom-made table with grooves for easy table setting; "Phosphorescence" is a kitchen design that has multidirectional layout, textural materials, and angular proportions; "SENsored" is a lanai where a skylight is added to improve lighting in the space; "Midnight Rhapsody" has various textures on the floor also provide the user with a tactile landmark across the room; "IndustrialEYEzed" is a modern Maranao-inspired bathroom featuring a rounded layout for an easier orientation and bold colors set against a dark background for contrast. The toilet and bath areas are also equipped with audio guides to orient the visually-impaired client.
For the elderly, the Galaw area features "To Withstand the Test of Time", a living room where the elderly clients have the least possible obstruction for walking with a walker or cane; "Sweet Escape" is a dining room inspired by a sunroom featuring the client's own do-it-yourself projects; "Lasting Belvedere" is a kitchen space that features wrought-iron details , handcrafted cement tile patterns, and distressed dark wood; "Diamond in the Rough, " designed specifically for a 70 year old widow, has leather seat that doubles as a potty for the client's weakened bladder and a camouflaged railing on the bed; and "H2 Breld" a beach-inspired toilet and bath featuring flooring coated with anti-bacterial solution and grab bars near the water closet and shower areas.
Below are pictures of some of the booths you'd see in the exhibit.