Out of the 400 exhibitors that showcase their products at the 62nd Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle Event, six (6) companies were chosen for their innovative and design-forward products by a panel of respected designers and artists.
The Loopy Chair by Industria Edition was named the Best Product Design for Furniture. Industria, a company based in Pampanga, specializes in the manipulation of steel into visually stunning furniture. The Twist, which won the Best Design for Home Décor, is a playful home piece crafted from wood by veteran furniture maker Vito Selma. Alchemista, Inc. won the Best Product Design Fashion for its Roma Collection of Ring Stands designed by Georgina Teng.
Crafted by Marmol Stone Work and designed by Janina Firmalo-Herrera, the Marble Tray was chosen as Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts. P&B Valises et Compagnie, Inc. took the Best Booth Display citation, while MASAECO was given the Special Citation for Best Eco-Design for its Gold Paper Bowls designed by Jinggoy Buensuceso.
Katha Awards gives distinction to ingenious designs and encourages exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes.
Since its inception in the early 80s, Katha Awards has been distinguished as a hallmark 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, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market.
The prestigious award is one of the highlights of Manila FAME, a bi-annual design-driven event organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
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Staying true to its 30-year tradition, Manila FAME—the Design and Lifestyle Event in Asia—will once again become an exhibit that brims with the Philippine design community’s potential, passion, and success stories. It will narrate a spectrum of origins—from those of the Filipino indigenous artisan groups and small enterprises, to those of bright, up-and-coming designers that make up the event’s exhibitors list.
One such exhibitor, set to grace the four-day affair on March 14-17, is Georgina Teng of the renowned Philippine jewelry label Alchemista. As a designer who has veered away from her corporate path as a former banker and MBA graduate to pursue artisanship, Teng’s skills speak of her passion, of which is mirrored by every intricate detail in each of her work.
The discovery of her fondness for jewelry design happened purely by chance: In 2003, while taking her postgraduate studies abroad, she somehow ended up in a silversmithing class under an Australian jeweler. Since then, she has been carving out designs from wax and working with gold-plated metal, which became creations that circled bazaars, trade shows, and exhibits within and beyond the Philippines.
Collaborating under the Red Box program for the 59th edition of Manila FAME, Teng will bring the palette of the oceans and the forms of undersea artifacts to her signature pieces. Catch her and a pool of rising and seasoned designers 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.