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I breathe and live Interior Design. It gives me great satisfaction seeing my visions turn into reality. My objective is to create functional and excellent designs synonymous to the individuality of my clients.” – Jigs R. Adefuin

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IDR JIGS ADEFUIN, Creative Director and Principal Designer

  • Ranked 10th in the Philippine Interior Design Board Examination in 2005
  • Embarked on an extensive five-year training at the Nardy Aquino Interior Design Studio (one of the country’s leading design firms) and six-year training at Ethan Allen Home Interiors
  • Earned his Masters (Academic 1) in Interior and Living Design from the prestigious Nuova Academia di Belle Arti Milano’s (NABA) Domus Academy in Milan
  • Projects have been featured in The Philippine Tatler Homes, CondoLiving, MyHome, Cocoon, Philippine Star, and Urbanzone
  • Named one of Manila’s Elite Interior Designers by The Phiippine Tatler in 2015
  • Awarded:
    • 10 Iconoclasts, Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), 2011
    • Most Sought-After Interior Designer of the Year,  CondoLiving magazine, 2013
    • Best Interior Design Residential Apartment Category (for 32 Manila ORT Project), International Property Awards, 2017

Style by Numbers: Jigs Adefuin and his equation for design

Since he was 8 years old, Jigs Adefuin has been fashioning rooms in the imaginary spaces of his mind. An interior design veteran of 20 years, Jigs’s deft use of proportion, textures, and patterns is talent honed. At a young age, Jigs has been drawing and creating elegant arrangements at home and outside, armed only with his books and natural creativity. Distilled with timeworn techniques and personal experience, Jigs Adefuin’s style glows with an instinct only history can give.

Jigs considers himself a client’s designer. Indeed, in his design process, what comes easiest to him is matching the style to the client’s needs and desires. Jigs has a natural empathy towards his clientele’s specifications, and he approaches interior design projects like they were beautiful mathematical problems. According to him, “Problems have different formulas to find the perfect [design] solution for a specific client.” This keen attention to detail is charged with a strict methodology. In his mind, an empty room is a problem–a puzzle that requires the perfect pieces. And Jigs Adefuin is in the business of problem solving.

Jigs Adefuin’s flair has not gone unrecognized. Attaining the Top 10 ranking in the Philippine Interior Design Board Examination in 2005, Jigs kick started his career into high gear. In 2011, he was awarded by his alma mater, Philippine School of Interior Design, as being part of the 10 Iconoclasts. Philippine Tatler has named him one of Manila’s elite design leaders, praising his “principle of timeless design.” In 2013, he was hailed as one of the 10 Most Sought After Interior Designers of the Year in the CondoLiving Interior Designer Awards. But more than the prestige he’s attained, Jigs takes greater pride in the results of his work. After all the drafting, renovation, and refurbishing, sincere thanks from a client sitting comfortably in a living room of Jigs’s design is satisfaction that cannot compare.

Jigs believes that for designs to last, they must be rooted in tried and tested design elements. Because of this, he takes cues from his inspirations. A man with fine and particular tastes, Jigs takes inspiration from great minds in different fields. His style principle evokes the latticed, free-flowing works of architect Antoni Gaudi. His patterns and textures are taken from Arturo Luz’s geodesic paintings. His arrangements echo Mies van de Rohe’s extreme clarity and simplicity. For Jigs, good interior design needs to deeply engage with history and culture. “The passion, integrity, and consistency of their works,” Jigs says, “fuels my love for the profession.” Guided by this principle, each of his projects are unique—bespoke styles influenced by so many, yet still fundamentally Jigs’s own.

As one of the Philippines’ premier design leaders, Jigs is proud to be Filipino. Despite seeing international horizons when he studied for his Master’s Degree in Milan, Jigs attests to the raw potential of Filipino design. He believes that good design should be accessible to all—and that Philippine design should be one of the things we, as a country, support and advocate. “I think there’s a need to have unity for one cause.” Jigs says, “This is to strengthen the design integrity of the Filipino as one nation and not [just] individually.”

Much like his instinctual design philosophy, Jigs takes life as it goes. Having achieved the goals he had set for himself 10 years ago, Jigs looks to the next 10 years with a mix of contentment and excitement. A proponent of continuous learning, he adopts a mindset of growth and advancement in spite of the success he has attained. For the young and upcoming in the industry, he shares this advice, “Learn as much as possible and try to weave your own style from all of these learnings.”

The story of Jigs’s passion has never changed in the 3 decades of his life. He’s been called a tastemaker, an elite, an influencer. But at the absolute heart of it, Jigs is simply doing what he has come to love all those years: designing interiors. And he will continue do so for decades to come.