World-renowned PH designers explore design trends at Manila FAME

Design trends have always been ambivalent in nature, remaining unusually predictable and uncertain with every shift. As easily as they come, a trend emerges and seeps its way across the design branches effectively dictating the product selection and overall demand in the market.

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Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, has been witness to countless trends that has grazed the lifestyle and design industry. For its 66th edition on Oct. 20 – 22, the three-day trade event will explore product marketability and trends in its special setting, Design Commune, under the direction of internationally renowned designer Tony Gonzales.

Design Commune will feature items from more than 60 Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) across the country and will center around four market-oriented themes based on mainstream trends: Greens, Blues & Whites, Ethnic Nomad, and Naturals.

“The Green has been coming strong for the last two or three years. Back then, it was influenced by people’s desire to cook. They become weekend chefs and everybody just loved to cook,” Gonzales explained.

“This time, the trend has shifted to gardening. Buildings have greenhouses on their rooftops, people grow herbs, cactuses, and succulents in their houses. We created a variety of pots to cater to this, anything for the garden that can also be used as a home décor.”

Gonzales comments that Naturals and Blues & Whites have long been mainstream influencers. Natural tones saw a rise in the fashion and lifestyle industry for its simplicity and versatility, while the Blues & Whites had been a constant driver of color choices for home décor, personal products, and gifts.

Meanwhile, Ethnic Nomad takes inspiration from one of the biggest macro trends of recent, travelling. As young adults have adapted the need to travel, they gravitated from the consumerism-filled lifestyle. This movement was then followed by fashion houses who continued to look to the organic beauty of the earth the vast cultures it holds.

 “We’ve created a theme that takes inspiration from different ethnic cultures and colors without actively showing a particular country. It’s a mixture of ethnic influences. There’s a bit from South America and of course, from our very own Igorot and Tagbanwa,” said Gonzales.

Gonzales worked with a number of designers to support the product development stage of the companies. Tes Pasola, Detlef Klatt, Stanley Ruiz, Wataru Sakuma, Conrad de Leon, Leo Saño, and Reine Shih were among the Filipino designers who took part in Design Commune.

Products from A. Garcia Crafts, Asia Ceramics, Celestial Arts, Inc., Finali Furniture and Home Accessories, Kit Silver, Nature’s Legacy Eximport, and Prado Filipino Artisans among others will be featured in the boutique-style setting from October 20 – 22 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

“We didn’t design for ourselves as artists or designers. We designed for the companies as our way to support their livelihood,” Gonzales said.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

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KATHA October 2017 Spotlights New Material and Design Ingenuity in Manila FAME

Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, closed its first day with the exciting announcement of the KATHA October 2017 winners at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Since its inception in 1990, the Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME companies and designers whose products embodied the innovative design and material manipulation.

Here are the winners of the KATHA October 2017:

1. Designer Wataru Sakuma’s MasaEco Development Inc. brought home the Katha for best booth design

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2. The Antipolo-based company Schema won the KATHA for Best Product Design (Furniture) for its Lilou Lounge Chair.

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3. Industria’s metal Reef Panel won the Katha for Best Product Design (Home Décor).

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4. The unique Carabao Horn Glasses of Elm’s Accessoria De Casa was named Best Product Design (Fashion).

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This year’s judges included School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute Dean Tobias Guggenheimer, Sohu Designs Chief Creative Officer Jennifer So Hu, fashion designer Jojie Lloren, Print & Magazine Vice President Suki Salvador, Heima Creative Director Rossy Yabut-Rojales, Gallego Architects owner Eduardo Gallego, and Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Maria Rita Matute.

Manila FAME spotlights union of export trade and cultural tourism

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On the 66th edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions (CITEM), will launch a historical initiative that will strengthen and formalize the integration of export trade and cultural tourism.

This milestone will work towards positioning the country as a premier sourcing hub and tourist destination, and the development of the “Philippines-first” mindset among buyers and tourists. It will also market distinct regional products internationally to persuade tourists to visit the Philippines.

“Export trade and cultural tourism are symbiotic and interdependent. Through our products, we provide the world with a glimpse of the multi-layered cultural heritage of our country, which in turn will persuade more international travelers to visit and experience the country firsthand,” said CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon.

“CITEM’s trade shows are the perfect platforms to launch this initiative as they have the means to reach international audiences and has first-hand experience in promoting the country through its products,” added Tugonon.

Under the partnership, Manila FAME will hold a neo-ethnic fashion and tapestry show that will showcase the versatility and timelessness of Philippine traditionally woven textiles. The garments, designed by the country’s most promising design talents, will incorporate contemporary aesthetics and cultural elements to create a collection that highlights the rich weaving traditions of the Philippines.

Manila FAME will be held on October 20-22 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade and Training Center in Pasay City. IFEX, the country’s export-oriented food show, is slated on May 25-27, 2018.

Marriage of Export Trade and Tourism

A trend popularized by South Korea and Japan, their culture is readily incorporated to export trade. Korean pop culture or K-Pop have led to the 2.1 percent annual growth of the country’s tourism industry, averaging at $450 billion per year since 2014. The Korean Wave Phenomenon or Hallyu took on television, the big screen, food, fashion, and beauty products.

Cool Japan, the Japanese’s PR strategy, aims to propel the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises to global standing while attracting foreign businesses to invest and strengthen Japan’s cultural tourism. The strategy promotes the country’s animation (manga and anime), fashion, food, art, traditional crafts, and music in both local and international markets

Export-ready Filipino products can also support business tourism and cultural tourism and contribute to the development of the Philippines’ economic interests and build relationships with other countries.

The country’s total external trade in goods in July 2017 reached P611 billion, an increase of 2.2 percent from P597.6billion registered in July 2016. Woodcrafts and furniture was the fourth top export earner this July 2017 according to the Philippines Statistics Agency with P1.06 billion or 4.1 percent share of total exports.

The Philippines saw an influx in the tourism industry this year with a total of 2,882,737 tourists in the first half of 2017. Majority of the tourists (60.72 percent) came from Asia, with Korea (686,630 arrivals) as the top source followed by China (388,896 arrivals) and Japan (255,819 arrivals).

 “DOT and DTI are leading the Philippines’ top revenues. Together, we will pave the way in strengthening our country’s presence across the globe as we create a flourishing and reputable image for the Philippines and its products,” he added.

Through Manila FAME, CITEM promotes and markets products to local and international audiences. The bi-annual trade show stands as a business platform and a design and lifestyle event as it offers premium furniture, home décor, fashion, and holiday pieces from the country’s top emerging and established design talents.

More than 10,000 high-profile international and domestic trade buyers and tourists flock to the trade show every year to source for home and lifestyle items, and to feast their eyes on Filipino artisans’ work of art. A large percentage of these foreign business tourists forge short- and long-term business transactions with Filipino companies, taking the products back with them to their countries or resell them to other retailers.

The trade show is projected to earn over $843 million this year from its April and October exhibitions.

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

Manila FAME October Show to Highlight PH Culture, Design Ingenuity

Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier lifestyle and design event, is set to make waves again among international and local buyers as it returns on October 20-22 with a range of new show features and artisans in a showcase of the country’s rich cultural heritage and design ingenuity.

The 66th edition of Manila FAME will strip down to its roots to present a show built upon the intertwine of the country’s rich cultural heritage and design excellence and the promotion of Philippine products. Artisans from across the country will showcase their best products at the World Trade Center Metro Manila and the Philippine Trade and Training Center in Pasay City across the three-day event.

“For this edition of Manila FAME, we put focus on how our culture has influenced generations upon generations of Filipino artisans. Manila FAME has always stood as a canvas to which the best of Philippine lifestyle and design talents embellish their work to showcase the country’s vibrant and multi-layered cultural heritage,” said CITEM Executive Director Clayton Tugonon.

design-ingenuityLed by Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda, New Generation Weaves pays homage to Philippine indigenous and natural materials.

 

No less than eight show features will be included in the upcoming show. New Generation Weaves, a staple of Manila FAME for the past three editions, will return with Paris-based design specialist Nelson Sepulveda at the helm. Sepulveda will work with more than 30 small and medium enterprises to invoke harmony and balance through Philippine craftsmanship and the beauty of natural raw materials.

GREAT Women Project 2 will also return to highlight the works of women artisans across the country. The project was launched by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in partnership with the DTI Project Management Team and is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

World-renowned designer Tony Gonzalez will also have his own curated setting that will marry the strengths of each Manila FAME participant to create a versatile collection made to match a variety of material requirements, techniques, and price points. Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes will be presented in four themes: Blues and Whites, Ethnic Nomads, Green Tinted, and Natural Black and White.

“Small and medium enterprises from across our country will join us in October to showcase the best artisanal products the Philippines has to offer,” Tugonon added. “Through Manila FAME, we will work towards supporting the success of our artisans and uplifting the Philippine brand internationally.”

 

 

The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/

ASEAN Program champions women entrepreneurs in Manila FAME April

“GREAT Women” leads 35 PH firms, targets global contract market in Asia’s premiere design and lifestyle show

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Bags made with leather and textile made by women entrepreneurs from GREAT Women.

 

The Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) returns to the April edition of Manila FAME to tap the booming global contract market for the home, fashion, and lifestyle products at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

GREAT Women is an ASEAN initiative that provides opportunity to improve sustainability, productivity, and competitiveness to local craftsmen and women entrepreneurs.

In partnership with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the GREAT Women Project 2 will demonstrate the creativity and ingenuity of manufacturers and artisans from 35 women-led companies from the National Capital Region (NCR); and regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, CARAGA, SOCCSKSARGEN, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Davao.

“With the rising awareness for gender equality in the global market, CITEM partners with GREAT Women Project 2 to enable new product and material innovations while promoting gender-responsive work environments and generating more jobs for women all over the country,” said Clayton Tugonon, newly appointed CITEM Executive Director.

Launched in 2006, GREAT Women was pioneered by female entrepreneurs to help their fellow artisans penetrate regional and global markets while empowering women communities and sustaining culture and tradition. It was conceived through a public-private partnership with the Philippine government and the Canadian International Development Authority.

In 2015, it became an ASEAN Brand after it integrated 40 women entrepreneurs from different Southeast Asian countries, in partnership with the ASEAN SME Agencies Working Group (SMEWG), the U.S.-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive SMEs, and the ECHOsi Foundation.

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Philippine companies under the GREAT Women brand showcased home and lifestyle products under the Artisans Village in the previous Manila FAME edition

As Manila FAME expands its market scope under its “Projects” theme, female entrepreneurs target to generate more opportunities for women in the booming contract market, including hospitality and residential developments; commercial establishments and malls; special edition products for institutions, theme parks, and concept stores; and tourism branded products.

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Design experts Arañador (upper left), Pabillon (upper right), and Dagñalan (lower left) are the product specialists of the GREAT Women setting at the 2017 April edition of Manila FAME.

In partnership with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), CITEM tapped local lifestyle designers PJ Arañador, Rachelle Dagñalan and Mon Pabillon to provide assistance in developing market-responsive and design-driven crafts for the global export market.

Under this creative direction, participants will produce Home and Lifestyle products, such as huge lamps and vases, sculptural pieces, tapestries, and other products for hotel and resorts scales.  They will also develop furnishings for millennial condominiums and small spaces in the form of window blinds, sofa throws and floor rugs, modular furniture, wall art, decals, knock-down furniture and functional art.

New products will also include functional objects in concept stores and museums, as well character-inspired adornments in theme parks and souvenir products in tourist destinations.

Participating companies from Luzon are Aleli’s Buricraft, Highland Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative, Kabayan Weaving Arts and Crafts, Kenro Boutique, Leila’s Loomweaving, Mayat-An Handicrafts, Namarabar  Ethnic Crafts & Antiques, Banaue Loomweaving, Kinwa Etnika Handicrafts, Lab Tie Dye Weavers Association, Malamin Buricraft, Mikah’s Souvenir, Montañosa Weavers Association, San Jose Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Gantsilyo, Namnama Batal Women Association (NABWA) – Santiago City , Santos Women Weaver’s Association, Nagbalacan Loomweavers Multipurpose Cooperative, Sta Praxedes, Threads and Trend Crochet Prod ucts, Julie Anne’s Handicraft, LHSM Handicrafts, Laguna Water Hyacinth Handicrafts Producers Association, Labo Progressive Multipurpose Cooperative, Lumban Marketing Cooperative, Monte de Ramos Handicraft and Lynkies Native Products.

Hailing from Visayas is Tubigon Loomweavers Multipurpose Cooperative. Coming from Mindanao are Puyo Handicrafts, Lynkies Native Products, City of Cabadbaran Abaca Handicraft, Sibagat Federation of Women Association, K’Datu, Yakan Weavers MPC, Tribal handicrafts Makers Association and Muslim Christian Women’s Association.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.

 

 

Trip to Palawan Up for Grabs for Manila FAME Overseas Buyers

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Manila FAME, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is set to open its doors to global buyers of Philippine-made artisan products for the home, lifestyle, and fashion industry on April 21 – 23, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. As one of the oldest trade shows in Asia, the bi-annual event offers a vast selection of exquisite products, such as furniture, home accents, and fashion accessories from the country’s best artisans and designers.

As part of the event, all Manila FAME April 2017 overseas trade buyers who are at least 21 years old and based outside of the Philippines are eligible to join the Luxe Escape raffle promo for a chance to win the ultimate four-day, three-night vacation at the lush tropical paradise of Palawan!

Voted as the World’s Best Island for Beaches and Natural Attractions in Travel + Leisure magazine for 2015 and 2016, Palawan features crystalline waters, lush forests, unique rock formations and a number of exciting spots for everyone to enjoy, including the Puerto Princesesa Subterranean River National Park, El Nido Marine Reserve, the Tubbataha Reef, and the prehistoric Tabon Caves.

The Luxe Escape raffle promo will include two (2) roundtrip flight tickets and accommodations for two (2) in Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Don’t miss out on your dream destination, pre-register now for Manila FAME at manilafame.com/en/Registration/Buyer.

Manila FAME is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Visit the upcoming 65th edition of Manila FAME on 21-23 April 2017 for a chance to discover emerging talents from the Philippines, and find out more about the country’s rich artisanal heritage.

Manila FAME the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, log on to http://www.manilafame.com.

65th Manila FAME to Conquer Booming Hospitality and Real Estate Industries

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Manila FAME April 2017 focuses its creative direction on catering to Projects, featuring products for the international home décor, interior design, and lifestyle contract markets.

The most anticipated design and lifestyle event in the Philippines returns this April 21-23, 2017, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) with a compelling showcase of the country’s robust brands, innovative crafts, diverse materials, dynamic design pool, and top quality home exterior, interior, and lifestyle products and services, that caters to the rapidly expanding hospitality, real estate, travel, and tourism global markets.

Organized bi-annually by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-CITEM), Manila FAME upholds its premier status as a sourcing destination for export-quality Philippine design and craftsmanship.

There’s going to be a lot of exciting additions in Manila FAME this year.  In keeping with the reputed dynamism of the show and its rapidly evolving global markets, CITEM rallies together the country’s finest talents to put up spectacular shows for April and October,” CITEM Deputy Executive Director Ma. Lourdes Mediran said. “With the participation of the Philippines’ best artisans, manufacturers, designers, and creative groups from all over the country and the collaboration of private and government entities, I am confident that the Philippines will be more than ready to demonstrate its capability as a must-visit sourcing hub.”

For its April 2017 edition, Manila FAME sets its eye on the lucrative design services, and architectural and interior contract projects for real estate and hospitality developments in key regions in the Middle East, Asia, and the Philippines.

With this particular focus, CITEM partners with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) for the show’s special settings, exhibiting items of scale and decorative pieces for architectural and building contract markets. Meanwhile, small concept products shall also be developed for millennial homes, theme parks, museums, tourism and travel sectors, and contemporary and high-design merchandise for specialized consumers.

materiabambooThe Materia: Coconut setting last Manila FAME October 2016 housed hexagonal products developed under the collaboration of Mañosa & Co. and Philippine-based Japanese Designer Wataru Sakuma.
lucentobjectsThe Lucent Objects setting featured lamps and lighting pieces that resulted from Product Specialist Stanley Ruiz’ experimentation with indigenous Philippine materials like corn husk, peanut shell, palm husk, pandan leaves, anabo fiber.

Product Specialist for the Lucent Objects setting Stanley Ruiz will develop a collection of Holiday-themed lamps and lighting that will set it apart from the usual seasonal items this April. The second phase of Manila FAME’s Materia: Bamboo and Materia: Coconut special exhibits will showcase the works of veteran Philippine furniture designers Dem Bitantes, Rey Soliven, and Stephen Buñi; and Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma. This time, the creative roster will introduce new material innovations of the ubiquitous bamboo and coconut.

Materia, which means ‘material’ in Latin, is a Manila FAME showcase series of specific indigenous materials in the Philippines, exploring its innovative applications for global market production.

Another highlight this April is the special showcase of the GREAT Women 2 Project of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in partnership with the DTI Project Management Team, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. International lifestyle designer PJ Arañador, Red Box Junior Designer Rachelle Dagñalan, and DCP Senior Designer Mon Pabillon will serve as the product specialists for this project.

“Manila FAME strengthens the Philippines’ international reputation as a reliable source of export-quality products, materials, and services. As the lead organizer, CITEM endeavors to make every edition of Manila FAME a notch higher than the last one,” Mediran said. “This April, we hope to give our buyers and other stakeholders a powerful ambiance – one that packs a surprise in every corner of the halls,” Mediran added.

Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and accessories, designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Organized by the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationals (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy, on April 1925.