For over 17 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 15 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), Procter and Gamble. Clients welcome his perspective that balances creativity with business and financial aspects of a project. He apprenticed for Naomi “Shoko” Matsumoto, a world renowned theater lighting designer and interior lighting expert. He enjoys sharing his experiences with the design community through speaking in events organized by the Ayala Museum, the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers and the University of the Philippines among others. Recently, he was part of the board of judges for the 2015 Philippine Katha Awards.

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 Designer
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 Designer
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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Designer
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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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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Designer
Tina Guintos

Tina is a graduate of the University of San Agustin-Iloilo. She has an aptitude for manual and technical drawing with a good color sense and an eye for detail. She is an outgoing person and likes to express herself through mural and portrait art. Her design mantra revolves around modern contemporary design but is open to expanding her aesthetics.

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Junior Designer
Pauline Uy

Pauline is an Interior Design graduate from UST. She’s a free-spirit who’s always down for anything spontaneous – from walking the streets of Dangwa at night for fresh flowers to a beach trip within a few hours notice. She has a penchant for old films and musicals – a few of her favorites are Funny Face and Singin’ in the Rain. She’d be equally happy staying in at home, just as much as when she’s walking down an off the beaten path.

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Junior Designer
Jhoanne Mariano

Jhoanne is an Interior Design graduate of UP. Other than her passion for design, she is a film enthusiast, a dog lover and a spontaneous traveller. She has 3 dogs – one of which is Atlas, a 7-year old Siberian Husky she adopted at a shelter. During her free time, she likes to drive out-of-town with her friends, visit remote beaches and camp under the stars. She has a deep obsession with Japanese and Korean food. She also dreams of becoming an animator for Pixar one day.

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Junior Designer
Kasmir Osias

Kasmir is an Interior Design graduate from UP Diliman. She has been drawing since she was little to fulfill the voids of reality. Exploring the arts through drawing on different canvases later introduced her to the interior design world where she found a 3D canvas for her to delve into. She is also interested in other forms of crafts like sewing and welding because she likes creating things with her own hands. Her ultimate dream is to design a very grand chapel.

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Junior Designer

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 Designer
Joanne Arnante

Joanne is an Interior Design graduate from UP Diliman. She is an avid student of the arts, sciences, and philosophy. She strives to be insightful and creative in her work, inspired by her personal belief that effective design is data processed and realized in its most fluent form. During her free time, she likes to read, watch documentary films, attend forums and conferences, or simply explore around the metro.

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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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Design Support
Nataniel Ballaran

Nat is taking up Interior Design at EARIST. Whenever he has a chance, you will see him glued to his camera or playing video games. His love for photography was piqued after watching “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. He often opts for something unique, may it be design or music. Music and movies help him get through everything, especially deadlines.

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Design Support
Roxy Viajar

Roxy is from Mapúa University. It’s not surprising she has taken up Interior Design considering her favorite pastimes require staying indoors where you can find her binge watching or reading her impulsively bought graphic novel like there’s no tomorrow. She is also fond of petting random dogs she sees during walks.

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Design Support
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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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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Hazel Linog

Hazel is an interior design graduate from St. Scholastica’s College of Manila. As a student, she was president of the Interior Design org and oversaw multiple college events. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her dog, family, and buddies, and watch Netflix or listen to music.

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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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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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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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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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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
Lejeune Dela Cruz
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Project Designer

Athena Maramag

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Project Manager Consultant
Daday Ang
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Accountant
Jean Alcantara