For over 19 years, we at Design HQ have been passionate about creating spaces reflecting the individuality of our client. Imagination and knowledge are the core values that drive us.  We strive to push our imagination for a fresh look  injected with design savvy and an eye for detail in the modern and eclectic styles we predominantly design in.  We continually expand our knowledge from the experience each project gives us and keenly watching and learning market innovations.  Working together with an emphasis on listening, the result is truly a collaboration between Design HQ and the client.
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Principal

Frenjick Quesada, PIID, CPA

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Frenjick draws from over 19 years of interior design experience and 6 years of corporate finance and business consultancy as a Certified Public Accountant with Sycip, Gorres and Velayo (SGV) and Procter & Gamble. Clients welcome his perspective that balances creativity with business aspects of a project. He apprenticed for Naomi “Shoko” Matsumoto, a world renowned theater and interior lighting designer. He enjoys sharing his experiences with the design community through speaking engagements. These include talks by the Ayala Museum, the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers and the University of the Philippines among others. In 2015 Philippine Katha Awards, he was part of the board of judges.

Principal

Hisako Hirayama

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Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Hisako, or Chako as she is known, received her degree in Interior Design from the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). Having worked as a producer in the field of theater & performing arts for several years in Tokyo prior to her move to the Philippines in 1997, her background in the arts has provided a natural transition to the world of interior design. Since co-founding Design HQ with Frenjick, she has designed both residential and commercial spaces in a variety of styles, from modern to transitional to eclectic. She has a particular interest in lighting design, and has attended French lighting guru Louis Clair’s workshop in Manila, among others.

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Senior Design Manager
Jobele Tee

Jobs graduated from UST with a BS Interior Design degree. She likes the number “2” and loves anything dark chocolate. Some things she would love to cross off her bucket list include watching U2 live in concert, having her own letterpress studio and riding the tallest, fastest, oldest, most looped roller coasters in the world.

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Senior Design Manager
Archie Marquez

“Genius? Nothing – we just worked harder.” This line by Charles Eames inspired Archie to deeply love Interior Design. Archie is an Interior Design graduate from PUP Sta.Mesa. He loves listening to indie music and Sunday morning blues. He likes to feed his mind by reading books, watching movies and traveling with friends. His early training through experience in all aspects of the design process helped make him the designer he is today.

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Senior Design Manager
Denille Teh

Den graduated from UP Diliman with a degree in Interior Design. Motivated by her passion for constant learning, she likes venturing on new challenges and different experiences especially in the creative fields. During her free time, she enjoys reading books, watching TV series, attending art workshops and experimenting in digital art. Her future plans include touring or backpacking around Europe, and visiting the Hobbit house in NZ. She has a fascination for all things matcha-flavored.

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Interior Designer
Terence Yu

Terence is a graduate of the Philippine School of Interior Design. He is someone who finds all facets of design fascinating. A true car nut, his hobby is collecting die-cast automobiles. He can also always be found reading articles about cars or playing car-related games. He also loves to sleep, which he finds makes him very creative, with ideas emerging as he wakes up.

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Interior Designer
Van Damme Longino

Van took up Interior Design at PUP. Art has always been his skill and source of love and enjoyment which led to him discovering interior design. He felt that designing interiors would allow him to go beyond the conceptual and instead create something that is functional and pleasing to be in. Enhancing natural beauty is what appeals to him the most and with interior design, he endeavors to create just such spaces.

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Interior Designer
Nelle Sanchez

Nelle is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with Latin honours at University of Santo Tomas. She has won numerous fashion and interior design competitions. Her designs are mainly focused on modern and elegant interior spaces, but she works in other design styles as well. Her passion for art and design forms a solid foundation for achieving practical and quality work. In her spare time, she paints and watches movies as a source of relaxation.

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Junior Design Manager
Kyle Salao

Kyle is a graduate of UST where she earned her degree in Interior Design. She takes inspiration in forms of art such as fashion and music. She enjoys listening to The 1975, Phoenix and The xx to name a few and indulges herself to podcast during her free time. She dreams to speak Spanish fluently, have her own coffee shop and a shared beach house with her childhood friends.

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Junior Design Manager
Macon Davila

Macon is an Interior Design graduate from UP Diliman. She takes inspiration from human experiences, culture, and the human psyche and strives to translate them into well-designed spaces. Her thought process is always paired with a fresh glass of iced coffee or milk tea, and some of her brightest ideas can come from a good stretch during yoga.

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3D Specialist
Yuri Ishida

Yuri started Civil Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology and then shifted to Architecture to pursue her dreams since a child. Her inspirations comes from these Iconic Architects, Kenzo Tange, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid. Aside from her passion in Architecture, she enjoys hiking and travelling across the Philippines to find and explore different wonders of nature.

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Junior Designer
John Mark Mapa

Mark is a graduate of UST. He is principled and passionate. He loves to eat, sleep, and play computer games. He is also a music enthusiast and plays in a band as a hobby and stress-reliever. He wishes to be a professor someday and to be able to inspire young learners to innovate and set future design standards.

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Junior Designer
Julia Bawi

Julia is an interior design graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. She is also a self-taught artist and calligrapher. One thing notable about Julia is her goal-oriented personality. She takes her dreams seriously and she strives hard to achieve them. When not at work, she stays all day in bed, takes care of her five dogs, or goes to a coffee shop to write or read a book.

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Junior Designer
Mari Alyssa Loreto

Alyssa graduated BS Interior Design from the University of San Carlos. Growing up in a small town beside the shore of a vast sea and in front of a majestic mountain range, she adores the beauty of nature. At home, she finds time to appreciate the view of the sunset at the beach with her guitar and her music as a companion. She has always had a passion for the arts: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Literary Arts. She believes that this passion is what will help her to leave her mark in this world.

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Junior Designer
Heidi Samson

Heidi is an interior design graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. She considers herself an introvert with a resilient streak. She finds journaling as a way of expressing her creativity and of keeping her life in order.  An aspiring chef fond of watching latte art videos, she also likes feeding her mind through TED talks, articles, and educational videos. She dreams of seeing the Aurora Borealis one day.

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Junior Designer
Karya Tianco

Karyatides earned her BS Interior Design degree from UST. She was named after the woman figured column “caryatid” which inevitably sparked her interest and curiosity in design. Aside from this, a few of her favorite things would also include The Beatles, Marcel Breuer’s Cesca chair, Wes Anderson films, and anything infused with a sense of nostalgia.

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Junior Designer
Jade Antonio

Jade earned her degree in BS interior design at the University of Santo Tomas. Her interest in design began with her favorite video simulation game that stimulated her vivid imagination and creativity. This also made her realize how simple enjoyment can make a great impact in life, just like how a simple design can make a vast difference in a space. Her biggest dream is to travel the world, to discover art and experience diverse cultures.

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Junior Technical Designer
Sheda Manota

Sheda is an Interior Design graduate from College of the Holy Spirit Manila. She loves reading everything about history, philosophy, cats and zodiac signs. Shes  also a fast learner, competitive, and best at solving problems. When it comes to design, she likes to tackle space saving solutions, planning small spaces and incorporating bold ideas.

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Junior Technical Designer
Paul Peralta

Paul is an Interior Design Graduate from PUP Sta. Mesa. He loves to draw in his spare time, sometimes entering competitions in the field of the arts. Covered entirely with wit and quirkiness, he can quickly adapt to any environment. He loves food, music, games and movies, but dogs, most of all. If he hadn’t been in the design field, he may have been a vet.

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Junior Technical Designer
Kimberly Velasco

Kim is an Interior Design graduate from UST. Her passion for interior design is fueled by the opportunity it gives her to curate meaningful and memorable experiences for people. She tries to live life as adventurously as it can be by dancing to good music, watching documentaries, traveling to see the world, and petting dogs; lots of dogs.

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Junior Technical Designer
Alyssa De Jesus

Alyssa is a graduate of Interior Design from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. Inspired by her architect brother and design magazines she poured over, she pursued Interior Design as her field. She looks up to architects and designers like Kengo Kuma, Budji Layug and Francisco Mañosa. Her ultimate dream is to create her own unique furniture line, like Kenneth Cobonpue and Vito Selma.

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Junior Technical Designer
Iya Bracamonte

Iya is an Interior Design graduate of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. She is a lover of the arts who uses anything under the sun as inspiration to give life to her concepts and vision. She was a fashion design student before heeding the call of interior design, which led her to Design HQ. Aside from art and design, she adores cute dogs, loves good music, and likes indulging in funny memes.

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Junior Technical Designer
Norris Acuña

After working as a visual merchandiser for several years, Norris decided to pursue his degree in interior design at the Philippine Women’s College of Davao. Born and raised in Davao, his dream is to fuse Mindanaoan culture into interior spaces he creates. He is passionate about dogs and shoes.

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Junior Technical Designer
Nellin Calixtro

Nellin is a UST graduate with an Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree. She is a punctual and goal-oriented person. During her free time she likes to work out and watch films. She is addicted to coffee and must begin and end the day with it. Her ultimate dream is to travel and taste the various types of coffee throughout the globe.

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Junior Technical Designer
Archie Furigay

Archie earned his Interior Design degree from the University of Santo Tomas. Ever since he was young, he has appreciated the aesthetic value of things, which has led to his interest in the design world. Aside from this, a few things that he’s crazy about include Avatar: The Last Airbender, Raveena Aurora, Justice League characters, and dogs.

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Junior Technical Designer
Bea Trillana

A UST Graduate of Interior Design, Bea lives by the “Work Hard, Play Hard” rule. She is a huge PC gaming enthusiast, and spends most of her weekends playing online. While the internet provides her main source of fun, it is also where she sharpens her artistic blade. Using free online resources, she is a self-taught artist and loves learning new industry techniques — including 3D rendering — in her free time. When she needs some creative juice refilling, she spends her time with her dog or stuffs her face with her favorite snacks.

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Office Manager
Joluz MIjares

Joluz has a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Northern Philippines (Vigan City). Her favorite color is green and she is most fond of leopard print. Aside from being an adventurous cook, her hobbies include sewing and crafting knick-knacks to give as gifts to people she cares about. She dreams of owning a craft store someday.

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Bookkeeper
Ivy Tabinas

Ivy graduated with a degree in Business Administration in Financial Management from Catanduanes State University. She has always been a high achiever, be it in academics, professional life, sports or any other field in her life. She is passionate, optimistic and dedicated, and takes on responsibilities with enthusiasm. She also loves traveling, rock music and reading novels by authors such as Paulo Coelho and Nicholas Sparks.

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Driver
Carlos Llenos

Carlos is the company driver and all-around, go-to man of the team. He is quick to make friends at every project site and factory he goes to and is known far and wide as “Kuya Caloy.” His hobby is to work on DIY projects when at home. He is a busy father of three growing boys.

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Project Designer
Jing Balmes
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Project Designer
Rod Lascano
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Project Designer
Rose Anne Balingit-Estebat
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Project Designer
Lejeune Dela Cruz
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Project Designer
Angie Reyes
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Project Designer
Tina Guintos
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Project Designer
Nataniel Ballaran
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Social Media Manager
Jeri Maye Caingles
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Project Manager Consultant
Daday Ang
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Accountant
Jean Alcantara