Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Wataru Sakuma worked closely with a select group of manufacturers and found themselves undertaking personal passion projects to bring to life their ideas and highlight the expertise of their partner companies for the “Light and Shadow” special setting at the 61st Manila FAME.
Founded in Laguna, CSM Philippines Inc. offers world-class handmade fine bone china home decor & ornaments, tabletop accessories, giftware, and other novelty items. Acknowledged for high quality, artistic flair, and inimitable design, their handmade fine bone china are frequently featured in many prestigious home accent / decor publications across the globe. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Wataru Sakuma for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
Venzon Lighting, from Pampanga, is a “Design and Engineering for Manufacturing” firm which caters to the hospitality and the design trade. They defy conventional lighting trends by matching local materials with modern luminaires using precision manufacturing technology finished by local craftsmen. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Stanley Ruiz for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
Bon-Ace Fashion Tools
Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, from Cebu, is a name trusted for its more-than-a-decade experience in transforming natural materials into impressive works of art that offer functionality, uniqueness of forms and textures, and where fashion and modern lifestyle are meticulously created with great value. Fusing Filipino and Italian ingenuity and creativity, they combine natural materials like seashell, mother of pearl, wood, stone, parchment and bone with industrial materials like stainless steel, brass, polymers and fibers. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Stanley Ruiz for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
MASA Ecological Development, Inc.
MASA Ecological Dev’t Inc., from Tagaytay City, only deals with non-petroleum based and non-wood / timber based paper products. Their products are all handmade products, sourced from agricultural waste such as Pineapple and Banana fiber, kogon grass, rice straw and other local materials. Employing various paper making methods from around the world, their original products are carefully hand-made one by one. Their ecopaper products include wall paper, backlight paper, art paper, wall decor, lantern, lampshade, stationary, menu book, business card, and others. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Stanley Ruiz and Wataru Sakuma (COO of the company) for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc.
Prado Filipino Artisans Inc., from Rizal, is a world renowned manufacturer / exporter of handcrafted home and garden décor, lighting and furniture. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Stanley Ruiz for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
That One Piece
That One Piece Enterprise is a company from Bulacan, specializing in accent and decorative lighting, home furnishings and furniture. T.O.P. Living is the brand name of That One Piece Enterprise. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Jinggoy Buensuceso for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
Industria Home romanticizes steel and tempers it to evoke lightness, grace and sophistication in its design.The result is a delightful and deceptively whimsical collection of furniture and home accents, exuding elegance by its scale, form and creative manipulation of materials. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Jinggoy Buensuceso for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
Located in Cavite, Shell Arts Co., Inc. manufactures beautiful and luxurious product lines from home decor such as tableware, bathroom accessories, lighting and furniture to architectural products like wall covering, fire rate doors and screens made from natural seashells. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Jinggoy Buensuceso for the Light & Shadow special setting and also participated as an exhibitor.
The 61st Manila FAME ran from March 13-16, 2015 at the second level of the SMX Convention Center.
Founded in 2005, Basket and Weaves is one of the leading exporters of decorative home accessories established in Paranaque City. Their showroom is home to thousands of handcrafted home decor made of wood, metal, recycled glass, wire, paper, and natural woven materials native to the Philippines. Their product lines range from decorative table top accessories, wall art, functional storage, and housewares. For the 61st Manila FAME, they collaborated with Lilianna Manahan for the latter’s Red Box collection and was also one of Manila FAME’s March 2015 exhibitors.
“Light & Shadow,” a new highlight of the 61st edition of Manila FAME, Asia’s Premier Design & Lifestyle Event, brought together different minds, myriad of ideas, and varying materials with designers Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma.
In celebration of the United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies, Manila FAME tapped these three ”gypset” designer-artists with uncommon design instincts to give their own interpretation of the age-old interplay of light and shadow through their own designs.
“They are all of same shape, yet they are different. One shape transformed into multiple and distinct works through the utilization of the uniqueness of various materials, each with their own strengths just waiting to be realized. My own understanding of each material, a personal level of relationship, manifested in each and every piece.” – Wataru Sakuma
“The modular pieces allow for exploration, combination, play, reconstruction. The design presents limitless potential and infinite possibilities.” – Stanley Ruiz
“We have to start thinking differently about lighting and how we can manipulate it. We can bend it and throw it but the big difference is when you marry it with lines and organic forms to create a theatrical play of light and shadow. This is when we are brought to another dimension and into an elevated experience.” – Jinggoy Buensuceso
Working closely with a select group of manufacturers, these designers found themselves undertaking personal passion projects to bring to life their ideas and highlight the expertise of their partner companies. Wataru Sakuma worked with CSM Philippines, E. Murio and South Sea Veneer while Stanley Ruiz worked with Venzon Lighting, Triboa Bay Living, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, MASAEco and Prado Filipino Artisans. Jinggoy Buensuceso worked with That One Piece, Industria Home, Shell Arts, and Cancio (furniture).
Slated at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on 13-16 March 2015, Manila FAME is the country’s premier trade platform for exports and design.
The design journey continues for Rachelle Dagñalan, Gabriel Lichauco, Lilianna Manahan and Joseph Rastrullo as they showcased the results of their design challenge at the recently concluded 61st Manila FAME
For this edition, the Red Box talents used the the show window concept to capture unique design aesthetic and language. Blurring the boundaries between design and art, each show window provided a glimpse of the designers’ minds and their collaboration with their partner manufacturers. Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug oversaw this creative process.
A proud native of Albay, Rachelle Dagñalan took us on a personal journey as she dug deep into her roots and used her intimate knowledge of the province to work alongside local artisans, designers and manufacturers in partnership with the Provincial Government of Albay PTCAO (Provincial Tourism & Cultural Affairs Office). Her setting featured a fresh approach on the province’s abundant raw materials and traditional crafts.
Gabriel Lichauco took inspiration from the controversial postmodernism movement by fusing patterns, colors and materials in his entire structure-object installation. Four different artisanal techniques were highlighted in a singular surface – lahar lamination, marquetry, carving and hand veneering – which provided a didactic approach to his design. South Sea Veneer Corporation, a furniture and wood veneer panels manufacturer based in Pampanga, worked with Gabby in this setting.
Curiosity was the base of Lilianna Manahan’s design and turned the world of her imagination into reality by staging a safari-inspired setting which infused her capsule collection for the home. With a touch of whim, she explored the material language of the Philippines to express her craft. Featured in this setting are collaborations with Prizmic & Brill, Basket & Weaves and TAN-GAN.
Exploring material transparency and translucency, Joseph Rastrullo experimented on fibers, resin, iron, wood, and plastic, and the potential combination of these. In this setting, he focused on the subject of his exploration through different ways of manipulating material such as glass and acrylic, playing and exploring on forms and textures.
Red Box is a design development program aimed at harnessing talent and creating the next generation of Philippine designers. It introduces and nurtures emerging talents from various disciplines of design, with potentials to become the new corps of young designers and artists.
While developing Philippine talents, Red Box also simultaneously assists the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their product development.
The 61st edition of Manila FAME ran from March 13-16, 2015 at the second level of the SMX Convention Center.
Manila FAME’s recently concluded 61st edition featured selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. The country’s trade platform for exports and design ran from March 13 to March 16, 2015 at the second level of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines.
Reinventing and broadening its sphere for this edition, Design Philippines gave visitors a whole new experience as it put together the latest collections from exhibitors and synthesized them in one bold curatorial presentation, capturing the latest trend in the lifestyle retail concept. Its grand ambition is to boost desires and ideas as catalysts for the next season’s merchandise collection.
Under the curation of Manila FAME creative director, Budji Layug, the Design Philippines scenography applied the concept of the apartment store – a concept in space planning where individually designed interiors center around the people occupying space – in showcasing select homegrown brands from Home, Fashion, and One Town One Product (OTOP) companies. These companies include Industria Home, Tara Designs, MCCA Industrial Corp., CSM Philippines, Schema, Chanalli, Cebu Fil Veneer, Asia Ceramics, Kenneth Cobonpue, Domicillo by Peter and Paul, S.C. Vizcarra, Shelmed Cottage Treasures, P&B Valises, JB Woodcraft, Maze Manufacturing, Filtra, Shell Arts, Basket & Weaves, Triboa Bay Living, Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Vito Selma, Tadeco, Obra Cebuana, Venzon Lighting, Prado Filipino Artisans, Padi Outdoor, and A. Garcia Crafts.
From a resort/beach theme to a more rustic, home lifestyle and lastly, to an urban opulence, the evolution of style in the “apartment store” differentiated it from department stores or single brand corners because it virtually had the fingerprints of the designer all over the place where a guest can imagine using the product and can buy anything he sees. It provided greater drama and merchandising charm with less reliance on in-store inventory.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific and the only trade event in the country approved by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.