Green thinking swept the KATHA Awards for the 67th edition of Manila FAME as four out of the six awardees showcased innovative sustainable designs for their winning products.
As the hallmark of design excellence in the Philippines, the KATHA Awards recognizes artisans who continue to innovate and redefine the Philippine design imprint from Manila FAME’s pool of exhibitors. Winners are selected based on their product’s overall aesthetics, functionality, and innovative use of materials.
“Anak ng Tupa” by Junk Not won the KATHA Award for Eco-Design. Made from twined recycled plastic and foil, the Anak ng Tupa mimics the appearance of sheep’s wool—a nod by designer Wilhelmina Garcia to the sheep that have died from digesting plastic at their farm.
The KATHA Award for Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts went to Virtucio for its coasters and placemats made from recycled plastic. The Bohol-based company laser cuts the recycled plastic molds and accents the pieces with brass.
Design by Tes Pasola.
The big winner of the night, Cebu Homecraft won the KATHA award for Best Product Design for Furniture and for Home Décor for its Denim Cabinet and Candelabras, respectively. Both items were created from Molave deadwood with upcycled denim used for the Denim Cabinet.
Candelabra design by Detleft Klatt.
Denim Cabinet design by Tes Pasola.
Eccentric’s pair of goat horn and wild boar tusk earrings received the KATHA Award for Best Product Design for Fashion. The fashion-forward piece garnered praise from the judges for its boldness and possibly, the next big thing in fashion.
Lastly, a Special Citation for Best Design 2018 was given to Siklesa for its eponymous vehicle that incorporates the heritage of traditional Philippine design with modern details to create a new, revolutionary mode of transportation.
“[Siklesa] encompasses what being a Filipino is. If you could make a product that symbolizes the Philippines, this would be a perfect match for having all the right nuances of what makes it Filipino,” said KATHA Judge Rajo Laurel.
The KATHA Awards was judged by a lineup of design experts. For home décor and furniture were Francis Alañon, Principal Designer of FTA Design and Phoenix Home; IDr. Cynthia Almario, Principal Designer of Atelier Almario; Arch. Tobias Guggenheimer, Dean of the School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute; Arch. Anton Mendoza, Principal Architect of J. Antonio Mendoza Design Consultants; Arch. Royce Nicdao of WTA Architecture and Design Studio; and Jennifer So Hu-See, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sohu Designs.
While for fashion and holiday décor and gifts were Sky Gavin, COO of WheninManila.com; Angel Guerrero, President and Editor in Chief of Adobo Magazine; John Herrera of House of Herrera Philippines; Rajo Laurel of House of Laurel; and Lulu Tan-Gan, Principal Designer of TAN-GAN Atelier and Program Consultant for Fashion Design & Merchandising at the School of Design & Arts.
Since its inception in 1990, the KATHA Awards aims to encourage manufacturers and designers to create premium designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements for the global market. It is held in every edition of Manila FAME.
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/