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A full-on Starck experience at Acqua Iguazu

MANILA, Philippines - The opening of a condo showroom has never been met with as much anticipation as when Century Properties announced it was bringing the world's most celebrated and respected designer, the Frenchman Philippe Starck, with international property entrepreneur John Hitchcox to Manila with Acqua Private Residences' newest tower: the Acqua Iguazu Yoo Inspired by Starck.

For years, the Filipinos' encounter with the award-winning designer had been limited to his iconic products sold in a few local home and design shops that offer Europe's most sought after designs.

Today, a full-on Starck experience is a guaranteed part of the daily lifestyles of Acqua Iguazu occupants. And the experience is not limited to the tower's breathtaking and whimsical amenity deck called the Cielo, because residents have the option to decorate their units in true Yoo Inspired by Starck style.

At the Acqua Iguazu showroom, located on the property site on Coronado St., Mandaluyong City, three interior design inspirations called Minimal, Nature and Culture reveal that much thought has been invested in creating the most captivating inspirations for living spaces ever to be showcased locally.

Minimal takes its cue from the French designer's own belief that "the only style is freedom." Thus, these themed residences celebrate bareness as affected by its pristine whiteness. Make no mistake though because the unit owner is encouraged to layer it with his personal textures as he grows into it and the key words that he must take to heart are "clean" and "calm."

Meanwhile, the urban citizen will take solace and comfort in the Nature theme where lightness and airiness strongly contrast the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle outside. Here, though, Yoo took on the softer side of nature's spectrum. They harnessed the paleness of a sun and sea-bleached wood and the mix of grey and soft green of pebbles. This theme is closest to the heart of the tropical rainforest setting of the Acqua Private Residences.

Bold and rich best define the Culture-themed residences. Here, history and the present take center stage to reflect the unit owner's passion for life. Dark wood mixed with sheer solid hues create a tug at the senses. Think Pompidou-meets-Andy Warhol-meets-neon lights-meets-baroque colour.

Yoo was founded in 1999 by Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox in a shared vision to help people live better through good design. Since then Yoo has been working with international developers on a multitude of residential, hotel and commercial projects throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North & South Americas and the Middle East and is responsible for the design of over 10,000 homes in 31 cities.

With 26 years in the business of real estate development, marketing and property management, Century Properties Group has completed 21 condominium buildings and managing 50 properties as of Dec. 31, 2012. Century is the developer behind such prestigious projects as the Gramercy Residences at Century City, Makati; Azure Urban Resort Residences in Paranaque City, with a beach club designed by Ms. Paris Hilton, Trump Tower at Century City, Makati; the Milano Residences interior design by Versace Home, Acqua Livingstone interior design by MissoniHome; Centuria Medical Makati in partnership with GE Healthcare; and the Residences at Commonwealth by Century.

Delivering differentiated, quality real estate has been Century Properties' commitment in its almost three decades in the business of full-service real estate development, marketing and property management. The company is listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol CPG.

Acqua Iguazu Yoo Inspired by Starck is the fifth tower of the country's first residential Eden, the Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong City. Visit or call 818-9041 or 0917-5555274.

Source: The Philippine Star| July 13, 2013

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