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Top creative visionaries share design tips and trends in Design Talks

Design industry practitioners and design aficionados are gearing for a two-day intensive yet inspiring encounter with the country’s – and even the world’s – key personalities in the creative industries in the forthcoming Design Talks slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-15.

A potent avenue to gain insights and inspiration from the knowledge and experiences of design icons from here and abroad, Design Talks is the banner event of Design Week Philippines, 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.

Invited speakers for Design Talks include graphic designer and illustrator Dan Matutina, advertising bigwig Merlee Jayme, architect Paulo Alcazaren, and Shanghai-based ‘starchitect’ (star architect) and designer Lyndon Neri.

The Design Talks will be divided into two tracks: Good Design + Communication and Good Design + Business. The first track, set on March 14 at the SMX Convention Center Meeting Rooms 7-8, will focus on the intersection between using design and the communication tools and technology to engage the end-users. The second track, set on March 15 at SMX Convention Center Meeting Rooms 7-9, will attempt to find a balance between design and business, and how to find the middle ground between the two.

Dan Matutina was recently awarded the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award for 2013 (Year 11). He is the co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., a design studio that creates brand identities and strategizes communications, as well as design and illustrate for print and web. He has co-directed commercials, designed short films, made maps, created lamps and sculptures, and even “designed food.”

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Merlee Jayme was executive creative director for BBDO Guerrero before starting her own agency, DM9 Jayme Syfu, almost seven years ago. Prior to BBDO, she was vice president and executive creative director of ACE SAATCHI & SAATCHI. As chairman and CCO of DM9 Jayme Syfu, a DDB Worldwide affiliate, her creative shop has been ranked the Philippines’ no. 1 in the 2010 Campaign Brief Asia Ranking and was awarded the very first Campaign Asia Pacific Creative Agency of the Year for the Philippines 2012.

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Architect Paulo Alcazaren is director of PDAA Design International with offices in Manila, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; and principal of the professional design firm PGAA Creative Design. He has received recognition from the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects Design for his work at Hong Kah Town and the British Club. He also received the Alab ng Araya from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for his article series on design. He was former president of the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects.

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Multi-awarded designer and architect Lyndon Neri is Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2014 Designer of the Year. His design firm is an interdisciplinary international architectural design practice that was selected as one of the Design Vanguards by Architectural Record (US) in 2009, won AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2010 by Architectural Review (UK), and was the INSIDE Festival Overall Winner in 2011. In 2013, Neri was inducted into US Interior Design Hall of FAME with wife and partner Rossana Hu and was selected as AD 100 top talents in architecture and interior design by Architectural Digest China.

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IMG_7045As it features notable personalities in the creative industry, Design Talks creates opportunities for like-minded design specialists to exchange ideas, increase knowledge, encourage collaboration, and expand design networks.

Positioning the Philippines as Asia’s design destination, Design Week Philippines has become a national agenda that nurtures the creativity and design capability of the Filipinos to usher in trade opportunities. Proclamation No. 277, signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on October 20, 2011, declares the third week of March and October of each year as Design Week Philippines.

Aside from Design Talks, the other components of Design Week Philippines are Creative Environment (local creative communities and urban development initiatives), Design Tours (special tours around Metro Manila’s design destinations), and Food and Art Festivals(celebration of design through the five senses).

SMEs to show innovative designs at the 59th Manila FAME

For its 59th edition, Manila FAME takes Filipino craftsmanship to the next level as it showcases the work of the country’s emerging creative talents and local artisans from various regions across the Philippines. This collaboration will be under the Red Box One Town, One Product(OTOP) scenography at Manila FAME slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17.

Spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the premiere design and lifestyle event of the country that showcases certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and decor, garments, and fashion accessories crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It has nurtured and promoted up-and-coming designers and manufacturers in the global market.

“For this edition of Manila FAME, we are yet again collaborating with both seasoned and new designers to put the spotlight on fresh and contemporary techniques and interpretations that define the country’s design sensibilities,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

A program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), OTOP is an effective platform to demonstrate local design skills, techniques, and materials. It aims not only to provide small and medium enterprises(SMEs) with product development assistance but also to inspire people with success stories of these promising business undertakings – from how the local artisans carefully gather and collect raw materials to how they painstakingly transform them into finely crafted creations that speak of beauty, quality, and durability.

Through the Red Box OTOP, a collective of emerging designers and promising Philippine-based SMEs will collaborate to present to the local and international community what Filipino craftsmanship is all about. In this special setting, local products from select regions will be unveiled, showing the potential of the Philippines as a reliable source of finely crafted products.

Under the mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug, six emerging designers will provide assistance to these local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including home designer Leah Sanchez, industrial designer Rachelle Dagñalan, Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu of Bungalow 300, and Bong and Rossy Rojales of Heima.

The Red Box program aims to position the country as a go-to destination for design-savvy and innovative products made by talented Filipino craftsmen whose work are on a par with world standards.

Aside from OTOP, the Red Box program includes the following categories: Fashion and Holiday and Gifts. Each category will have its own scenography at Manila FAME.

A fashionable approach to ‘Urban Resort’ by Red Box fashion designers at the 59th Manila FAME

Twelve fashion designers on the rise will present new collections of design-forward apparel and accessories that bring a new twist to ‘Urban Resort’ wear at the Red Box setting in Manila FAME this March 2014. This 59th edition of the trade event will be held on March 14-17, 2014, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

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Manila FAME is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event that showcases certified, export-quality products for home, holiday and gifts, fashion, and arts, and crafts crafted in the Philippines for the global market. This is held twice a year and organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The Red Box (for Home and Fashion), CITEM’s design development program, aims to harness Filipino creativity through the use of indigenous materials to produce innovative export products. Under the Design for Exports program, Red Box continues to nurture a new corps of designers and artists who work hand-in-hand with local manufacturers to bring Philippines artisanship to the fore-front in the global market.

The international and local trade buyers of the 59th Manila FAME will witness a bolder line of apparel and accessory designs that typify tropical wear. In fashion, this design trend means creating a refreshing look from an innovative blend of tradition and modernity in terms of style, shape and form. This will create a unique brand that is internationally distinct, but which will undeniably be identified with the Philippines,” said Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director of CITEM.

Some of our designers for Red Box Fashion (clockwise): Rei Escario, Ronald Ramiro, Rencie Santos, Martha Rodriguez, Yves Camingue, and Earl Gariando.

Buyers and visitors of Manila FAME can expect to see a wide assortment of one-of-a-kind apparel, wearables and accessories made from indigenous materials executed into modern styles. The latest collection to be showcased are Rencie Santos’ Nu-cast and shellcraft accessories with Floreia and J.E.R. Shellcrafts, Earl Gariando’s brassand- foil fusion accessories and bags with Kilus Foundation, Martha Rodriguez’s leather-‘yakan’ bags with Chelsi Leathershop and Austolia Jewelry Arts, Sheila Damaerio’s Mother-of-Pearl miniauderies with Hannah’s Handicraft, Angela Angeles’ elegant jewelries and clutches with Crystal Seas, Neil Felipp’s raffia-snakeskin bags with Ferimar and Jaggy Glarino’s metal jewelry with Alchemista.

Red Box Fashion will also feature apparel designers, who transformed indigenous fabrics into trendy resort wear, including Yves Camingue, Rei Escario, Jaggy Glarino and Renan Pacson. Two footwear designers, Joco Comendador and Ronald Ramiro, on the other hand, will showcase arresting footwear designs using local leather, wood and recycled foil materials.

Manila FAME features design-forward home setting

The 59th edition of Manila FAME, slated at the SMX Convention Center on March 14-17, presents a roster of emerging home designers who will feature their innovative creations and design trends in the Red Box Home scenography. Red Box is a design development program of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) which aims to harness Filipino productivity with the use of sustainable raw materials to produce design-forward home and fashion products.

Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event that showcases certified, export quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and decor, garments, and fashion accessories crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

“Red Box Home scenography will present to local and international buyers furniture and home furnishings that are created by reinterpreting our country’s indigenous materials. By challenging traditional techniques, the Red Box Home designers are motivated to make the Philippine products acknowledged worldwide as a reflection of Filipino identity,” said Rosvi Gaetos, CITEM’s Executive Director.

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Under the mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug, 10 up-and-coming home designers will provide assistance to Philippine-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that manufacture furniture and home accents using sustainable raw materials to create innovative home products for the world. These designers are Gabby Lichauco, Joseph Gonzalez-Rastrullo, Leah Sanchez, Lilianna Manahan, Leeroy New, Patricia Eustaquio, Eneri Abillar, Rachelle Dagñalan, Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu of Bungalow 300, and Bong and Rossy Rojales of Heima.

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The Red Box program aims to position the country as a go-to destination for design-savvy and innovative products made by talented Filipino craftsmen whose work are on a par with world standards. It also covers the following categories: Fashion, Holiday and Gifts, and the One Town One Product (OTOP), with each having its own scenography at Manila FAME, highlighting the potential of the Philippine export industry in the grassroots levels.

Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia Pacific and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Manila FAME Celebrates Philippine Design

The 59th edition of Manila FAME, a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability, and artisanship in Philippine products, will take center stage at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17, 2014.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the premiere design and lifestyle event of the country that showcases certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and decor, garments, and fashion accessories crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

“We intend to make Manila FAME as exciting as ever, with the intention to dish out modern design concepts. We will collaborate with both new and seasoned designers to ensure that we will showcase fresh and modern product design and innovation,” said CITEM executive director Rosvi Gaetos.

Filipino products for the global market, Manila FAME will attract local and international buyers via the following event highlights: Design for Exports, Red Box, Manila Wear, OTOP Marketplace, Crafts Spots, and Weaves of the Philippines.

Design for Exports is a multi-tiered and multi-faceted program which provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers with a full range of design and product development services. These services will cover product design, merchandising, export coaching in business planning, sales and marketing, visual merchandising, and brand building.

Manila FAME will present each product sector (i.e., holiday & gifts, home, fashion, arts and crafts) in a series of scenography. It will also serve as a viable platform for new and young designers to collaborate with their seasoned counterparts in a design development program called Red Box, which is aimed at harnessing Filipino creativity through the use of sustainable raw materials to produce innovative export products.

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For Red Box, we will showcase a new breed of talents from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, whose works are not known but are globally appealing just the same. Seasoned designers will also take part as usual. It will be a modern exhibit which will not follow boxed-in concepts. The open spaces are guaranteed to make a distinct design statement,” said Manila FAME creative director Budji Layug.

A bolder line of apparel and accessory designs using indigenous materials will be the focal point in Manila Wear, a branding initiative that targets to position the Philippine fashion industry in the tropical/resort wear market segment. Manila Wear aims to direct the creative energies of the country’s leading designers towards the development of refreshing designs in clothing and fashion accessories.

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Guaranteed to draw crowds once again are the much-awaited show features like the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Marketplace showcase of products created by micro, small, and medium enterprises(MSMEs); live demonstrations of age-old craft techniques by Filipino artisans in Craft Spots; and a vibrant display of contemporary Philippine textiles crafted from sustainable fibers by local weaving communities in Weaves of the Philippines.

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weavesFortifying its campaign to strengthen the Philippines’ positioning as Asia’s creative hub, Manila FAME will again be hosting the Katha Awards, which is considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene. Katha Awards aims 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.

Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that has been approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales) or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, the association of trade show organizers, fairground owners, national and international associations of the exhibition industry and its partners.

Filipino Company Craft Mill Frontloads Sustainable Design at Manila FAME

The Philippine design scene is gearing up for March 14-17, 2014, as Manila FAME, the Design and Lifestyle Event in Asia, marks its comeback—filling the halls of the 2nd level of the SMX Convention Center with design-forward products from the local trade export sector. For this run, much is yet to be revealed by the event’s participants as indigenous Filipino artisans, SMEs, and both rising and seasoned designers brew up fresh concepts that are fit for local and global markets.

One such exhibitor, set to grace the four-day affair, is multi-awarded, Filipino-owned manufacturing firm Craft Mill, Inc., which differentiates itself through environment-friendly concepts acknowledges trends while still upholding its original character. By mixing a dash of natural materials such as paper, fabric, and leather, with a dose of recycling and repurposing, the company is able to churn out photo frames, multipurpose storage boxes, accents such as ottomans, trunks, bureaus, and a range of officeware.

After being under the international limelight for over two decades with owner/designer Jean Bautista and daughter Camille Bautista at the helm, Craft Mill is set to further its design prowess at Manila FAME. Through its local brand Grassroots, the company will also introduce the hydroponics technology to the Philippines through the launch of indoor gardening cabinet “Urban Farmer”.

Catch Craft Mill and a pool of Filipino talents at the biannual trade show, set to bring to the fore export-quality products that highlight the craftsmanship, design innovation, eco-sustainability, and artisanship present in all 17 regions of the Philippines.

Wood on the Rise in Light of Environmental Awareness

With the log ban that’s been in effect in the Philippines since 2011, it’s hard to imagine how the use of wood and wood derivatives could even be on the rise in the country.

But for Danish-Filipino wood trading company Filtra Timber, the growing use of wood for both furniture and architecture has little to do with the local executive order that’s been enacted to protect natural forests from logging activity.

“Actually, the reason behind the increase in wood use is the same reason behind the log ban,” says Filtra Timber representative Jun Llanes. He attributes this trend to the increase in environmental consciousness, which is fueling the demand for sustainable building materials such as wood.

“In both architecture and interior design, wood is becoming trendy again,” he adds.

In terms of sustainability, Jun claims that no other material comes close to wood. Not only is the supply renewable; as trees grow in plantations, they also help alleviate pollution by locking in harmful CO2 gases and producing oxygen.

Since 1975, Filtra Timber has been supplying ethically and legally sourced wood and wood products from managed plantations both local and abroad. The company represents a global supply base for flooring, decking, furniture, logs, lumber, veneers, and other timber-based products to major Philippine furniture, door, and moulding producers. The other companies under its umbrella organization Filtra Group include Scandwood, the distributor of European-inspired outdoor furniture, decking and accessories; and Gastro Chef, a kitchen line that showcases both Danish design principles and Philippine craftsmanship.

Filtra Timber is just one of the environmentally-conscious exhibitors participating in the 59th Manila FAME, happening on March 14-17 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines. Dubbed as the country’s Design and Lifetyle Event in Asia, Manila FAME will feature design-forward décor, fashion products, and home accessories from all over the country.