Different minds, myriad of ideas, and varying materials skillfully brought together to form a perfectly unified whole. This is what best describes the work of Stanley Ruiz, Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma in the special setting called “Light & Shadow” at Manila FAME, slated at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on 13-16 March 2015.
Recognizing the market opportunities presented by the global lighting market and in celebration of the United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based technologies, Manila FAME tapped 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. 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.
“CITEM and Manila FAME are very proud of the synergy we have nurtured with the Philippines’ brightest design talents. Through Light & Shadow, we are likewise redirecting awareness of the Philippine exporters on the range of possibilities and opportunities in the global lighting market,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.
“The modular pieces allow for exploration, combination, play, reconstruction. The design presents limitless potential and infinite possibilities,” said Stanley Ruiz who collaborated with Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Inc., MASA Ecological Development, Inc. (MASAECO), Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc., Triboa Bay Living by Vivere Lifestyles Company, Inc., and Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, Inc. for his special setting.
Jinggoy Buensuceso’s design principle is not just to create products which are already aesthetically excellent, but also serves a higher function. He works with Cancio Contract Furniture Corporation, Industria Home Vico Manufacturing Corporation, P&B Valises et Compagnie Inc., Shell Arts Company, Inc., and That One Piece Enterprise. “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,” says Buensuceso.
Wataru Sakuma identifies the material as the cornerstone of his design process. “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.” The Philippine-based Japanese designer collaborates with CSM Philippines, Inc., E. Murio Inc., and South Sea Veneer.
As other Asian countries are now introducing their designs to the global market, the strength of our material together with the daring nature of Filipino and Philippine-based designers in exploring new territories, are what set it apart from other countries. However, there are still several facets which have room for improvement. “The Philippines need to have a more solid design culture which requires the involvement of the government to provide venues for public exhibition and to tap the media to capture the interest of the public,” says Ruiz.
Manila FAME is a global platform to the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, garments and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.