In a showcase of distinctly Filipino design and craftsmanship, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) brought HomePhilippines to HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair last 20 – 23 April 2013. The participation featured 18 Philippine companies, each displaying their very own design aesthetics imbued with uniqueness inherent to Philippine crafts.
Among the companies featured in the participation were Anastacio Ceramics, Apollo Trading and Mfg. Corp., Arden Classics Inc., Art-N-Nature Mfg. Corporation, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Balex Boxes, Finali Furniture & Home Accessories Co., Gillete International Export Corp. Inc., Legacy Renove Inc., Manila Welcome Industrial Corp., Native Crafts & Arts Ind. Inc., Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Obra Nicolas Handicraft, Panay Accessories Corp., Redfern Arts and Crafts, Rodima Marketing Corp., Siloworks Inc., and Sunwood Export.
Buyers and showgoers found affinity with products crafted from natural materials. Products like Native Crafts’ food covers, Sunwood Export’s wooden tablewares, and Siloworks’ hampers were among the products caught interest during the participation and top companies in terms of sales were Sunwood Export, Rodima Marketing Corp., and Arden Classic.
Among other things, the participation to Hong Kong Houseware Fair did well in sustaining connections with buyers beyond Manila FAME as regular visitors of the Design and Lifestyle Event visited the HomePhilippines booth.
Don’t forget to save the dates for Manila FAME, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines. See more Philippine-made, hand-crafted products at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event.
The Philippines has made an impression on the world: the country’s products embody high-quality design and multi-faceted craftsmanship. If the desire is for products that are contemporary yet carry a sense of heritage, the Philippines is the destination for such things. Philippine-made products are a brilliant mix of the ingenuity of modern designs, age-old craftsmanship, and the versatility of its abundant natural resources.
In a move to sustain the international market’s positive review, the Philippines brings its products to HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair on 20 – 23 April 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, representing the furniture, homeware, fashion, and holiday gifts and decor sectors under the unifying banner of Home Philippines, the country’s distinct brand for the best houseware products.
As Hong Kong is thriving hub for business, bringing Home Philippines to one of the biggest trade event for houseware in Asia is perfect for showcasing Philippine products and increasing exports to the global market, bolstering the Philippines positioning as the source of quality hand-made export products that represent the Philippines brand of design and craftsmanship. The participation is spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions partnering with the Foreign Trade Service Corps (FTSC) through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) – Guangzhou and the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong.
This year, 18 of the top manufacturers in the country were chosen to embody Home Philippines: Anastacio Ceramics, Apollo Trading and Mfg. Corp., Arden Classics Inc., Art-N-Nature Mfg. Corporation, Asia Ceramics Corporation, Balex Boxes, Finali Furniture & Home Accessories Co., Gillete International Export Corp. Inc., Legacy Renove Inc., Manila Welcome Industrial Corp., Native Crafts & Arts Ind. Inc., Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc., Obra Nicolas Handicraft, Panay Accessories Corp., Redfern Arts and Crafts, Rodima Marketing Corp., Siloworks Inc., and Sunwood Export.
100% craftsmanship from Home Philippines will be at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair. Expect the most intricate designs brought to form through the indigenous materials from Home Philippines.
For more information on Home Philippines at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair, visit www.manilafame.com/hkhousewarefair2013
The fifth edition of Manila FAME‘s Monday by Design features Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Wataru Sakuma, renowned designers that will bring you exciting designs at the October edition of the Design and Lifestyle Event.
Amina Aranaz-Alunan, the epitome of glamour and sophistication
Amina Aranaz-Alunan is known for her exquisitely designed bags, her impeccable sense of style, and for co-establishing the School of Fashion and the Arts Manila (SoFA Manila) where she also teaches design and business skills to young fashion industry aspirants.
Amina graduated cum laude from Istituto Marangoni in Milan where she nurtured her passion for fashion and design. “It was a world that always amazed me,” Amina says, admitting that she was initially attracted to the glitz and glam. “But then I always enjoyed working with my hands and imagination as a child.” Her artistry has produced bags that combine both tradition and modernism.
Upholding the country’s design industry is a cause that Amina holds dearly, “I joined Manila FAME because I felt it was my way to contribute to the Philippine design industry, a cause very close to my heart. My dream is for the Philippines to be recognized as one of the design and fashion capitals of Asia.”
Amina now adds another feather to her cap as a designer for Manila FAME’s upcoming edition. “I am honored (to be part of the show). I have been visiting Manila FAME for as long as I can remember,” says Amina.
Wataru Sakuma, “It is important to keep the idea alive and let it be.”
Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma approaches his design style by working directly with the material and paying close attention to the process of each technique. Wataru explains his creative process, “When I have an idea, I may not have an image of how it would exactly turn out to be, I like to work towards it and see the idea evolve into something totally different. It is important to keep the idea alive and let it be.”
Wataru graduated from the Memphis College of Art in the U.S. with a degree in Fine Arts. He was then granted a scholarship for a studio residency program affiliated with the Parsons School of Design in New York and worked with conceptual artist, Ellen Harvey. In 2004, Wataru joined Masa Ecological Development Inc., a Philippine company that uses handmade paper to produce lamps and other furnishings. His designs have been recognized at Manila FAME’s Katha Awards in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010.
“How I got involved in product design was from meeting various Filipino designers like Tony Gonzales, Tes Pasola, and Milo Naval who were participating in Manila FAME then. I was amazed with the products and the setting that they came up with… I was definitely inspired by their work,” In the upcoming show, Wataru sees his participation as a big challenge for him as he tries to balance it with his day job and his other projects, “I was sure that the challenge would widen my eyes and enable me to learn a great deal about designing Filipino products.”
Amina and Wataru are two of the many designers to watch out for at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event, the Manila FAME 2012 October edition which will be held on 17-20 October 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila Philippines. Anchored to the theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines,” their designs will be featured in the show’s “Design Houses” which will showcase the country’s abundance of natural and indigenous materials
Philippine design stood out in The Land of the Rising Sun when the country participated in last June’s interiorlifestyle Tokyo, the leading design-oriented trade fair in Japan for the high-end interior market.
Maze Furniture, Obra Cebuana, and De la Cruz House of Piña displayed quite a range of products that catered to older Japanese visitors that preferred minimalist, elegant, and functional designs to the younger generation that gravitated towards the more forward and striking designs. Praises ran plenty for the Philippine products as Japanese buyers took notice of quality, craftsmanship, creative use of natural materials, and competitive pricing.
Nito, a vine-like material was well liked for its adaptability to be formed into elegant products by buyers from Japanese buyers Marubeni Fashion Planning, Tokyo Direct Import Center Co. Ltd., and Yamazen.
Distinct Philippine craftsmanship will once again take on the global stage at the Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2012. Discover the story behind “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines” during this Design and Lifestyle Event.
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