Tagged: 2013

NeoTextiles Philippines: The Story of Philippine Contemporary Textile

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Manila FAME showcases tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making retold, revitalized, and rewoven for the modern world at the special setting of NeoTextiles Philippines.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

Olivia d’Abovile, a French-Filipino artist based in Manila, lends her creative sensibilities in elevating these contemporary fabrics that are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, world-class yet distinctly Filipino. D’Aboville designed products developed from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

Companies involved NeoTextiles include Balay ni Atong, Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Tadeco Home, Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation Inc., and S.C. Vizcarra.

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See NeoTextiles Philippines and more at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, open today to 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Manila FAME Opens Today: Design Philippines and More this October Edition

Manila FAME opens its 58th edition today, once again showcasing the Filipino design and creative sensibility to the world. Highlighting products that are crafted in the Philippines for the world, the Design and Lifestyle Event presents a new season of awe-inspiring design and craftsmanship at the SMX Convention Center starting today and running until 20 October 2013.

Manila FAME continues to be the country’s premier trade platform for exports and design, purveying 100% Philippine-made products crafted through a merging of traditional and modern techniques, utilizing sustainable indigenous materials with innovative approaches to form, function, and design. Manila FAME presents these products through a full roster of modern and design-forward show features:

DesignPHILIPPINES: Design PH at Work

Under the branding intiative of DesignPHILIPPINES, DesignPH is a collective of the Philippines leading creative entrepreneurs under the mentorship of Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue. From launching their own brands in the design capitals of Milan and Paris, this select group of exporters is now presenting their latest collections at Manila FAME.

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Red Box: Fresh, Modern, Current

Red Box is a collective of local designers on the rise in a design development program aimed at harnessing Filipino creativity with the use of sustainable raw materials to produce design-forward products for the world.

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Manila Wear

Manila Wear is a branding initiative that aims to position the Philippines fashion industry in the tropical/resort wear market segment and push Philippine design and its unique sensibility that goes beyond Asia. Manila Wear reflects what the Philippines is all about: tropical wear that is relaxed and unstructured.

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NeoTextiles Philippines

NeoTextiles Philippines, under CITEM and the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office’s (GTIDO) Material Development Program, is a textile-development initiative that seeks to develop and promote commercially-viable and globally-competitive fabrics and fabric-based products for home and fashion, made by local weaving communities in the Philippines.

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Top Brands in Motion

Original Philippine retail brands in fashion are ready to take the next step into the global market. In this edition of Manila FAME, homegrown retail brands in apparel and footwear present their unique brand concepts and offer buyers a viable source of trendy and high-quality wearable merchandise.

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Craft Spots

A visual narration of Filipino artisans transforming the sustainable and versatile abaca fiber through live demonstrations of traditional techniques such as abaca bag and paper making, which have become successful export products in the country.

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Manila FAME’s partner event DeXign Global Philippines is also part of the exciting line-up of features offered this edition. DeXign Global is where local and international buyers and exhibitors converge, making it a fertile marketplace thriving with opportunities and new partnerships. It is where markets come together to create a singular venue for sourcing the finest products in home and fashion from across Asia.

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Visit Manila FAME and see all of these inspiring event highlights and features, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Design Week Philippines: Everyday DESIGN this October

This October, Design Week Philippines brings a whirl of creative inspiration with another edition of sights, sounds, and textures featuring the country’s very own creative identity. Together with Manila FAME and DeXign Global Philippines, Design Week Philippines presents an incredible roster of events and happenings that can only be summed up as Everyday DESIGN.

Design Week Philippines celebrates design in all its collective diversity. It is a gathering that brings together people from all walks of life. Design Week Philippines about honing and nurturing the creative mind and effecting change and milestones in life, society, and communities.

This October, Design Week Philippines is headlined by exciting features that encourages creative collaborations. With its new venue at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Design Week Philippines presents the Design Talks with new additions such as the Pop-up Market and Design Tours.

The Design Talks, scheduled on 18 October 2013, features a roster of international and local experts in design, journalism, public relations, and business. Talks on Production Design; Fashion Journalism, PR, and Marketing; Industrial Design; and Business + Design will be held at the CCP and a Special Module by Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade with a demonstration on metal weaving will be at the SMX Convention Center.

Designers and luminaries invited to speak at Design Talks include Philippines’ acclaimed critic and creative writer Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, British fashion experts Nikki Rowntree and Colin McDowell, Bangkok’s celebrated artist Anon Pairot, Paris-based designer Arik Levy, Olé Rauberg of DEDON – the world’s exclusive outdoor furniture company, Philippine design icon Kenneth Cobonpue, and Kyoto-6: Japan Handmade’s Masataka Hosoo, Toru Tsuji and Ryo Kagami.

The Pop-up Market features millennial entrepreneurs setting up space at the CCP including select gourmet offerings and more. Meanwhile, Design Week Philippines collaborates with the Wander Team to develop a Design Guide, a comprehensive list of 100 design ideas in the Metro waiting to be explored and includes the a week-long schedule activities.

Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event and HallONE: Design for Exports also play host to some of the activities for the celebration.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Design Week Philippines, 14 – 20 October 2013.

Visit www.designweekphilippines.com.ph for more details.

Design for Exports: Bringing in a Fresher Take on Philippine Design

Manila FAME returns this October, bringing with it a new season of authentic Philippine craftsmanship as the premier trade platform for export and design in the country. The Design and Lifestyle Event continues to purvey Philippine-made products that embody the solid merging of traditional and modern techniques, utilizing local materials with ingenious approaches to form, function, craftsmanship, and design.

For the October 2013 edition, Manila FAME presents new collections of products that go beyond the boundaries of innovation and Philippine aesthetics from the collaborations of select manufacturers and brands and with seasoned and up-and-coming designers under the Design for Exports Program of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Department of Trade and Industry’s export marketing arm and force behind Manila FAME.

The Design for Exports Program anchors itself in working with the country’s manufacturers in developing high-caliber products that exude the Philippine design identity of mixing the impeccable tradition of craftsmanship with modern aesthetics that caters to global demand. The program aims to nurture and promote Philippine manufacturers with the aid of the some of the best design professionals in the country. With the expertise and experience of designers backing these manufacturers and producers, the country continues to be a source for the best products in furniture, home décor, fashion, and holiday and gifts.

In a special setting of the Design Philippines, design icon Budji Layug provides decades of expertise and inspiration to a roster of Philippine manufacturers to develop top-of-the-line and design-forward products in furniture and home décor. “I’m trying to bring them to a new stage of exposure, of branding, and fresh ideas to how they can open up and offer their services, their products to a bigger market,” says Layug on working with the companies. “I think by giving my thoughts and sharing my experience with them they are able to open up and understand better the direction that they need to go for the future.”

The designer also leads a group of designers fresh to the Manila FAME scene, all designing and developing products with manufacturers under the Red Box Program of the Design for Exports. To Layug, working with these designers is both challenging and satisfying. “I am able to share my experiences with the designers as to how to understand better the whole picture of Philippine design and manufacturing,” says Layug. “I think it’s going to open up new levels of exposure and imagination for each and every one.”

Long-time creative collaborators to Manila FAME, designers Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma lend their experience and expertise to the program as well. The two designers work with manufacturers to develop innovative, high-quality products in home décor, gifts and premium items, and Christmas and holiday décor.

Make sure to check out these new products and more when you visit Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

For more information on Manila FAME, visit www.manilafame.com.

Design Philippines at The Hotel Show 2013: A Preview

Design Philippines brings the country’s authentic brand of design, craftsmanship, and innovative use of indigenous materials at this month’s The Hotel Show on 28 – 30 September 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The participation presents The Art of the Craftsman for the first time in Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region, showcasing the finest products from the Philippines crafted by some of the best design-forward manufacturers with craftsmen that transform natural, local materials into exquisite pieces that combine tradition with contemporary.

The collective presentation of Design Philippines features 10 companies, each bringing to the table their own uniqueness to the global hotel industry at The Hotel Show. The featured companies are Catalina Embroideries Inc., Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation, Craft Mill, Inc., Dale Mathis, Diretso Philippines Inc., The Gilded Expressions, Lightworks Resources, Maze Manufacturing, More Than a Chair, Inc., and Padua International.

Here’a preview of what you’ll see at the Design Philippines showcase at The Hotel Show 2013:

Catalina Embroideries Inc. || www.catalina.ph

Handmade and hand-loomed home accessories crafted from natural materials like shell, coco, abaca, and rattan with quality and design in mind.

Cebu Fil-Veneer Corporation || www.filveneer.com

Top-caliber producer of high-quality sliced veneer, created out of genuine Filipino craftsmanship and state-of-the-art Italian machinery.

 Craft Mill, Inc. || www.craftmillinc.com

Environment-friendly creations with clean, consistent workmanship and a distinct style, crafting trendy furniture pieces from paper, fabric, leather and natural materials from the Philippines.

Dale Mathis Studio, Inc. || www.dalemathis.com

From the heart of a self-taught artist and an imaginative man, Dale Mathis creates mixed-media pieces and design objects that defy typical artistry.

Diretso Philippines Inc. || www.diretso.com

The fusion of European design flair and the world-renowned crafting skills of the Philippines, combining innovation and excellence to create exciting new dimensions in furniture design

The Gilded Expressions || www. annpamintuan.com

Designer and craftswoman Ann Pamintuan creates distinct textures and shapes, crafting furniture, house ware, home accessories, and jewelry from metal

Lightworks Resources, Inc. || www.lightworks.com.ph

Each piece is meant to be an experience of nature’s bounty, the vastness of human potential, and the interconnectedness of all forms of life.

Maze Manufacturing Co. Inc. || www.mazefurniture.com.ph

Furniture and home accessories crafted from metals and industrial materials interpreted in clean and whimsical lines, juxtaposing the styles of ornate classic and sleek contemporary.

More Than a Chair, Inc. || www.morethanachair.com

Elegant and sophisticated furniture pieces crafted to suit classic and modern styles

Padua International

Furniture and decorations created from wood and natural materials, designed for the millennium lifestyle

More Design Philippines at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Manila FAME’s Craft Spots: Telling the Story of Abaca

Ever the diverse hub of craftsmanship, the Philippines is ingrained with the tradition and art of various craft forms. Generation to generation, the craft culture of the Philippines is passed down, kept thriving by the craftsmen and elevated by those who are constantly inspired by the heritage of distinct artisanship, transcribing these craft forms in a language that is relevant today.

This October, Manila FAME, in partnership with PhilFIDA, showcases the Philippines’ Art of the Craftsman through a special setting called the Craft Spots. Manila FAME’s Craft Spots is a showcase that brings to life the craftsmanship of the Philippines, featuring live demonstrations of traditional crafting techniques, taking local materials and transforming them into extraordinary shape and form. This time around, the Craft Spots puts the spotlight on the versatile abaca fiber, telling its story – from its humble roots to its journey of becoming one of the most popular and well-used fibers in the world.

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The indigenous abaca, known worldwide as Manila Hemp, is the Philippines’ premier fiber. Long before colonization, the use of the fiber was already prevalent in the country. Early Filipinos used abaca to create clothing and footwear, and weaving of abaca was widespread.

The abaca became well-known as one of the strongest materials for marine cordage, superior in tensile strength and durability. With keen interest from the U.S. and Japan Navies, abaca became an important export commodity of the Philippines.

With breakthroughs in technology and production processes, new uses for abaca continued to surface. The fiber was used as pulp for producing specialty papers products like teabags, filter paper, currency paper, and others, as well as material from non-woven disposables like linens and bed sheets. The development of the fibercraft industry in the country added another dimension to the versatility of abaca with fibercraft products such as rugs, doormats, hats, coasters, hot pads, and handbags becoming very in demand abroad.

A doily made from abaca, an example of fibercraft product

The Improved Handstripping (Hagotan) Device for the abaca fiber

Organic and renewable, the abaca fiber answers the demand for biodegradable materials and fits perfectly with the growing trend of sustainability and eco-friendliness. Its many uses – cordage, pulp and paper production, fibercrafts, furniture, fashion, and so much more – indicates an adaptability and utility that serves many needs.

Abaca remains one of the most enduring materials in the world and at Manila FAME’s Craft Spots, its story unfolds.

See the craftsmanship behind abaca, plus Philippine design and creativity at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Philippine Contemporary Textiles this October at Manila FAME

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The Philippines is home to some of the most distinct textiles in the world, most of which are crafted by ethnic communities that have kept their craft alive, passing the art from generation to generation. This October at Manila FAME, discover how tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making will be revitalized and rewoven for the modern world.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

NeoTextiles Philippines will showcase the modern Philippine textile, made from sustainable, natural fibers by artisan weaving communities from different regions of the country. These neotextiles are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, and undeniably Filipino.

Taking inspiration from the past and weaving new life to textiles craftsmanship, NeoTextiles Philippines will also showcase products created from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

See NeoTextiles Philippines and other exciting showcases of design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.