Katha Awards – an appreciation of Philippine design, artisanship, and craftsmanship

As lead implementing agency of Design Week Philippines, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will host once again the Katha Awards at HallONE at the International Trade Center in Pasay City on March 14, under the banner of Design Week Philippines.

CITEM is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and organizer of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17.

The Katha Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene, is a significant platform where Philippine product design innovation and excellence is recognized. Its goal is to give distinction to ingenious designs and encourage exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products as well as to pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes. Design Week Philippines is a multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a series of programs and events that celebrate design and artistry.

“Since its inception in the early ‘80s, the Katha Awards has been distinguished as an important landmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, houseware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market,” said Rosvi Gaetos, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

The major categories of Katha Awards are Best Product Design (Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion), Best Booth Display, and an Eco-Design Award as a special citation. The four major product categories are Furniture, Houseware/Furnishings, Holiday Décor and Gifts, and Fashion.

More than just recognizing design excellence and innovation, the Katha Awards also considers the development of earth-friendly products as a top priority. Its Eco-Design Award category puts focus on products developed through the use of sustainable materials and environmentally sound practices.

Below are the March 2014 Katha Award Winners:

The Katha Award winners for Best Product Design: the Angler Lamp by Miguel Aguas (home/furnishing) and the Bordeaux Chair by INDUSTRIA (furniture)

The rest of the Katha Award winners: Ann Pamintuan’s Crocheted Handbag with Real Twig (upper left) for the Best Product Design in fashion, Navidad Crafts’ Bird Ornament with Capiz Wings (lower left) for the Best Product Design in holiday decor, and Floreia’s Poi necklace (right) for the Eco-Design Award.

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