A quick glance at Soleil Ignacio’s and Kris Abrigo’s works reveals a stark contrast—the gentleman is known for his abstract shapes, geometric lines, and urban aesthetic; the lady prefers feminine figures, elegant lines, and fashion illustration.
Yet upon entering the couple’s creative space at Habitat in Bonifacio Global City, you do not feel any tension, but a feeling of complementing styles and sensibilities. Inspired by their studio in Kapitolyo, the art pieces in this Taguig-showroom is specially made for British brand. Toys and books from the couple’s studio are lined up on shelves alongside long tables, sofas, and furniture from the label’s current collections.The works on display follow the narratives inside interior spaces. He says that they wanted the paintings to relate to the nature of the collaboration, which is, ultimately, an interior design exhibit. Kris directs our attention to “Point of Views,” a whimsical painting of an interior space with geometric shapes, plants, birds, and a ladder. “Makikita mo yung tatlong lines na nagme-meet, so ma-establish dun yung illusion na may floor, may wall, at may isa pang wall.”
In Soleil’s illustrations, meanwhile, the women are elegant and relaxed, checking their phones, and taking selfies. Beside them is Kris’s geometric rendering of a woman—squares for a head and hair, triangles for earrings, and intersecting lines for her shirt and collar. “Medyo nagpaka-loose ako para ma-complement yung work ni Soleil,” he says. This projects presents a dream come true for the two; he originally wanted to be an architect while she thought of becoming an interior designer.The duo’s partnership with Habitat Manila is part of its collaborations program, aimed at featuring the lifestyles of artists. “Artistry and personal style is expressed most comfortably in our homes and most private spaces,” says Habitat’s Walter Lim. “For us, design is a lifestyle.”
HABITAT & SOLEIL AND KRIS IS ON DISPLAY AT THE HABITAT BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY SHOWROOM FOR THE WHOLE OF JULY. 28TH STREET AND 4TH AVENUE, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY; 887-5247; HELLO@HABITAT.COM.PH