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The Peacock Chair Reemerges at Manila FAME, October 20-22

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Like a party of peacocks, nine emblematic chairs are poised to enthrall global buyers this October 20-22 at the World Trade Center in Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event. In collaboration with top Philippine SMEs, nine young and notable designers will recast the Peacock Chair (also called Philippine Chair) in uniquely modern versions, founded on the original design that captivated the world since its debut in the early 1900s.

Collaborating in this special showcase titled, ICON: Peacock Chair Redux, are Leo Sano for Locsin International, Mark Gerby Rivera for Country Accents, Inc., Jim Torres for Industria Home Vico Design and Manufacturing, Corporation, Tony Gonzales representing his own brand, A Greeting Card Co., Budji Layug for Kenneth Cobonpue, Jinggoy Buensuceso for Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., Val Padilla for Luzon Rattan Industries, Leeroy New for MCCA Industrial Corporation, and Tes Pasola for Prado Filipino Artisans, Inc.

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In a simple and organic design using steel frames and arorog weaves, internationally trained designer Leo Sano, in tandem with Locsin International, aim for the light, airy, and fluffed-up look, resembling the peacock’s feathers in its wide-open magnificent spread.

Country Accents, Inc., which collaborates with designer Mark Gerby Rivera, explores the essence of a peacock’s beauty and references on royalty. Using eyespots in resplendent hues of blue and yellow as highlights of a “birdcage-like” form, their design succeeds in combining the flexibility of rattan and firmness of steel and acorn wood.

Industria Home Vico Design & Manufacturing Corp. taps Jim Torres, a young Filipino designer for its Peacock chair entry in Manila FAME. Jim chooses metal to demonstrate the design values of the original Peacock Chair, including its intricate details, dramatic upper tail called coverts, and distinct hourglass base.

Designer and artist Tony Gonzales, who authored out of the box and globally acclaimed creations such as the Genie and the Melon chairs, is designing the peacock chair for A Greeting Card Company, a firm which Gonzales also heads. The company, which has been creating products out of handmade papers, is expected to produce a standout metal piece worthy of another global design award.

Kenneth Cobonpue, the self-titled company whose exceptional creativity and ingenuity has been recognized in various countries, including London, Italy and Germany and by renowned Hollywood celebrities, partners with designer Budji Layug to create its version of the iconic chair. With these two design bigwigs coming together to create a piece, nothing less than superlative is certain.

Prizmic and Brill et Compagnie, Inc., a company known for its signature style of juxtaposing the raw and traditional with choice modern materials such as select hardwood, hand tipped hides, brass, rattan, steel, glass and textile, very well complements the skills of visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso. Buensuceso, who made the 2,000-scale monumental modern dragon sculpture that wraps around the Green Sun Building in Makati City, is expected to produce a modern statement this October.

Luzon Rattan Industries picks veteran designer Val Padilla for its chair entry in Manila FAME, a challenging feat for the company that has been manufacturing and exporting original Peacock Chairs as well as other rattan furniture since the 1940s. Padilla, however, gamely accepts the opportunity to contemporize the once globally acclaimed design without losing its essential Filipino roots and taking advantage of the company’s deep weaving expertise.

Leeroy New, one of Lady Gaga’s costume designers in her music video, Marry The Night, designs for MCCA Industrial Corporation, an internationally renowned wrought-iron and glass-blowing company that produces indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative accessories. New, who has partnered with MCCA in the past, presents a stunning design of the peacock chair in all its bluish iridescence, achieving it through glass and metal.

The peacock chair has been described as “the fan chair, with its flared back and intricately woven details and throne-like, (its) head-framing seat reserved for royals.” More interestingly, the peacock chair carries its personal cachet, as narrated in “The Development and Effects of the Twentieth-Century Wicker Revival” by Emily A. Morris in her thesis for the Smithsonian Associates and Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2012. She stated that while few sources can track the accurate origins of the peacock chair, which she tagged “Manila” or “Philippine,” the American critics wove fantastical tales that involved Southeast Asian royalty and lush surroundings.

Come October Manila FAME, worldwide buyers will be treated to this one-of-a-kind metamorphosis and evolution at its ICON: PEACOCK CHAIR REDUX showcase.

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Capture another piece of Philippine history as Manila Peacock Chairs preens its feathers again, this time in all its glorious plumage for the world to see!

Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). For more information, log on to www.manilafame.com.

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Red Box Talents reveal four grand winners for 2015 design competition

The prestigious design development program initiated by DTI-CITEM culminated last night, 15 October 2015, with the awarding of the four grand winners out of the 140 aspiring designers who joined the competition. Under the mentorship of celebrated design icons Budji Layug and Lulu Tan-Gan, the four winners together with 10 other finalists, were immersed in a unique and intensive design and development process involving in-depth industry exposure and close collaboration with manufacturers.

Red Box aims to nurture the next generation of Philippine designers. In every edition of Manila FAME, Red Box continues its work with emerging talents by matching them with local manufacturers to create fresh concepts that reflect their unique design sensibilities.

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In photo, from left: Lulu Tan-Gan, Mentor, Apparel & Fashion Accessories; DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo; Kristel Blancas, Grand Winner, Home Accents; Jim Torres, Grand Winner, Home Accents; Micki Olaguer, Grand Winner, Fashion Accessories; Thian Rodriguez, Grand Winner, Apparel; DTI-CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos; and Budji Layug, Mentor, Furniture & Home Accents.

Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.

ARTBLOCK: Pop-up exhibit of Philippine contemporary art at Manila FAME

Manila FAME, as a purveyor of design, inspiration, and creativity, unveils on its 62nd edition an exhibit that explores a vibrant lineup of contemporary art set to spur enthusiasm among artists, designers, discerning collectors, and trade visitors, on 15-18 October 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Featuring works of both established names and promising newcomers in the Philippine art scene, ARTBLOCK is a provocative and engaging pop-up showcase of novel, avant-garde works handpicked from the progressive art galleries in the country such as Artlab, Avellana Art Gallery, Silverlens, The Drawing Room, and Tin-aw.

Word Paintings: Self Portraits by Chati Coronel is one of the various works to be featured at ARTBLOCK. Coronel received a Freeman Asian Fellowship Grant from The Vermont Studio Center in 2000. In 2013, she participated together with four other artists in the Louis Vuitton 20th Anniversary Exhibit in Manila. Her Singapore exhibit The First Kiss on Earth was listed in Artnet's Top Ten International Summer Shows of 2014.

Word Paintings: Self Portraits by Chati Coronel is one of the various works to be featured at ARTBLOCK. Coronel received a Freeman Asian Fellowship Grant from The Vermont Studio Center in 2000. In 2013, she participated together with four other artists in the Louis Vuitton 20th Anniversary Exhibit in Manila. Her Singapore exhibit The First Kiss on Earth was listed in Artnet’s Top Ten International Summer Shows of 2014.

Artists Cesare and Jean Marie Syjuco own and curate Artlab, the family’s atelier that houses a large collection of artworks they have created and brought together over the decades. The art facility was a dynamic center for multi-media experimentation during the 1990s. Now located in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City, it merges the studio and exhibition space that is eight times bigger than its previous site on EDSA in Makati City.

Brimming with an assortment of works on display through the year, Avellana Art Gallery is a showcase in a 1950s-style house situated in a tranquil compound in Pasay City. Owned by Albert Avellana, the gallery began as the storehouse for his art brokerage firm dedicated to visual arts in 1991, but in 1997 he transformed it into a gallery which has now gained a loyal crowd of supporters. Avellana Art Gallery has helped in the advance and success of many emerging and well-known artists in the country.

Established in 2004 by Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo, Silverlens is known as a top-ranking contemporary art gallery by artists and collectors throughout Southeast Asia. Its roster of artists include Patricia Eustaquio, Yee I-Lan, Luis Lorenzana, Gary Ross Pastrana, and Maria Taniguchi. Silverlens Galleries are located in Manila and Singapore.

The Drawing Room, founded by Cesar Villalon Jr. in 1998, started as an expert venue that managed the revitalizing of artworks on paper. It supported the works of local draughtsman and eventually expanded to include other artistic formats of contemporary art. Besides its monthly exhibitions of its stable artists which include Juan Alcazaren, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Miguel Aquilizan, Yason Banal, Vermont Coronel, Gaston Damag, Roderico Jose Daroy, Kawayan De Guia, Kiko Escora, Roberto Feleo, and Alvin Gregorio, The Drawing Room regularly joins significant international events such as the Hong Kong Art Fair, Singapore Art Fair, and the Scope Art Fair in New York, Miami and Basel. The gallery was also an exhibitor in Pulse Los Angeles (2011), India Art Summit (2010, 2011) and Slick Paris (2010).

Launched in 2008, Tin-aw Art Gallery showcases artworks of influential Philippine and Asian artists such as Alfredo Esquillo, Mark Justiniani, and Joy Mallari. The gallery presents solo and group shows by both new and established artists in a humble space in Makati City. Although exhibitions at Tin-aw are often dedicated to paintings, art enthusiasts can also expect to view works in other media like sculpture, installation, and video, especially during group shows.

“The Philippine art scene is lively—as indicated by the active and remarkable art galleries all over the country. Our local artists are being praised in events abroad and their works are given high value in international auctions. We must give them our full support – provide them with more platforms to showcase their exceptional talent and connect with art collectors, investors, and enthusiasts. ARTBLOCK is a venue especially for that purpose,” said Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos of CITEM (Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry.

ARTBLOCK will be open for the expected 5,000 foreign and local trade buyers and visitors who will attend the 4-day run of Manila FAME to see the vast collection of export-quality products for home, fashion, and luxury lifestyle crafted by the small and medium enterprises from all over the Philippines.

ARTBLOCK will be open on 15-18 October 2015 in Manila FAME: The Design & Lifestyle Event, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Aurora: A Light Imprint by HYBRID

HYBRID presents a Northern Lights-inspired lighting installation at Manila FAME

HYBRID, an art and design group composed of Jinggoy Buensuceso, Wataru Sakuma, and Stanley Ruiz, joins the 62nd Manila FAME this 15-18 October 2015 for a lighting installation that is conceptualized and developed to promote the Philippines’ unique interpretation of light—capitalizing on Filipino artisans’ design skills, creativity, and high-quality craftsmanship. The installation is also made in in celebration of United Nations’ proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

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Buensuceso, Sakuma, and Ruiz collaborate on “Aurora—A Light Imprint,” an installation that fuses light and time to form an enchanting 3D imprint mid-air that mimics the colors of the Aurora Borealis, a natural phenomenon of bright dancing lights of the aurora that result from collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. These three designers explore materials to create objects that exist between (and beyond) furniture, product, sculpture, architecture, and media arts. They also adhere to process as the essence of their collaboration.

Using glow sticks that are activated and chain-linked to each other, the designers will place short-term light sources on structured panels, hanging in mid-air from the ceiling of the SMX Convention Center. The structured panels provide an impression of free-flowing movement in mid-air, while the flat, black panels above them serve as the night sky background against the activated glow sticks. The Northern Lights-inspired installation is in an enclosed setting to allow Manila FAME buyers and guests an immersive experience on the use of light-based technologies to translate messages to consumers.

HYBRID wants to promote lighting as more than just illumination.  They want to initiate an exploration of art designs that capitalize on light-based technology. HYBRID hopes to strengthen the lighting industry in the Philippines, by providing a source of inspiration that can spark innovative ideas from the sector.

Jinggoy Buensuceso is a visual artist and sculptor whose works, characterized by the use of clean lines with organic forms, evoke stories and statements of oneself, culture, and way of life. A three-time Mugna awardee, Buensuceso is considered an emerging figure in furniture design where he has created functional art pieces meant to evolve design into art.

Wataru Sakuma is a Philippine-based Japanese designer who has four KATHA Awards under his belt. His “REBAROQUE” collection, in collaboration with Stonesets, a furniture manufacturer in Cebu, was awarded the Mugna Transitional Design Award.

Stanley Ruiz has been working in the design industry since 1999, developing products for manufacturers in various regions of the world, including China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. His recent project includes a newly-released lighting collection for the Cebu-based manufacturer HIVE.

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The 62nd Manila FAME, Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, is organized by the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions agency of Dept. of Trade and Industry. The event will run through 15-18 October 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. For more information, please log on to http://www.manilafame.com.

Manila Wear goes bridal at 62nd Manila FAME

Manila Wear will unveil its Bridal Wear collection at the 62nd edition of Manila FAME on October 15-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

On its 8th edition, Manila Wear will showcase a collection of finely crafted bridal wear to promote the Philippine traditional craftwork such as handloom, weaving, beadwork, among others in designers’ pieces that are both ethereal and feminine. Manila Wear’s collective designers are set to capture what the local fashion is all about: Filipino and global at the same time.

“Bridal wear has become a staple merchandise for the local fashion industry. A country with a rich wedding tradition, the Philippines records a daily average of 2,000 nuptials, generating a positive shift in the country’s wedding business,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

The Bridal setting features a Blush motif that will set out a palette of an all-white and barely-there shades. It is a collection of timeless and romantic bridal wears, accenting classic lines and pleating with hints of Victorian-bold construction, feminine cuts meant to show-off figures, elaborate beadwork, lacey insets and panels, soft and tactile constructions, intricately embroidered, and ornate patterns in voluminous silhouettes.

Under the central theme Blush, the Iconoclash (the clash of icons) is a bridal wear exhibition that mirrors the different generations’ design principles, inspiration, and aesthetics. It is where masters of the romantic trends of the past meet the iconoclastic design principles of the young. Iconoclash will feature the creative works of the The Millennials (Happy Andrada and Joel Escober), The Breakthroughs (Jaggy Glarino, John Herrera, and Tony Evan), and The Masters (Rhette Eala, Randy Ortiz, Rajo Laurel, and JC Buendia).

“The Philippines has a large wedding industry. It’s a very good idea that Manila FAME is now having this Bridal setting, as this would bring the local bridal industry to the next level,” said fashion design master JC Buendia.

Manila Wear’s individual booths will house seasoned designers and the new generation of fashion talents who will present a fresh take on contemporary trends in the local and the global market.

Organized 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 features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It continues to inspire with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful.

Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in 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.

For more information on Manila Wear at Manila FAME, interested parties can visit http://www.manilafame.com or email manilafame@citem.com.ph .

CITEM’s Red Box Design Talents introduced at Manila FAME

Culmination of a one-year design dev’t prog

From over 140 aspiring designers, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), introduces its 14 finalists in the Red Box Design Talents, a platform to discover and nurture young designers that aims to produce breakthrough Philippine design talents by 2017.

The 14 finalists in the RED BOX Design Talents Program, a platform initiated by CITEM to discover and nurture young designers.

The 14 finalists in the RED BOX Design Talents Program, a platform initiated by CITEM to discover and nurture young designers.

“To strengthen the Philippine’s reputation as ‘Asia’s Design Destination,’ we should continue nurturing and inspiring young designers to make great strides in showcasing their design ingenuity,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.

Under the mentorship of celebrated design icons Budji Layug and Lulu Tan-Gan, the 14 finalists were immersed in a unique design and development process involving in-depth industry exposure and close collaboration with manufacturers. The result is a renewed understanding and intimate knowledge of the process of design, material and craft techniques.

Mr. Randy Viray, owner of Triboa Bay Living, shares his personal history and design process to the Home finalists of the Red Box Design Talents in an informal discussion, as he tours the designers around his production facility.

Mr. Randy Viray, owner of Triboa Bay Living, shares his personal history and design process to the Home finalists of the Red Box Design Talents in an informal discussion, as he tours the designers around his production facility.

The Furniture and Home Accents finalists of Red Box learned the art of woodworking from Pampanga’s Betis Crafts Inc./ JB Woodcraft, Triboa Bay Living and South Sea Veneer. Ms. Leslie Bituin-Mendiola, owner of Betis Crafts, Inc., stressed the importance of knowing the target market in the design process, while Mr. Randy Viray, owner of Triboa Bay Living, explained the significance of discovering one’s identity as a designer, urging the talents to “live and breathe design.” At South Sea Veneer, they witnessed and learned about veneer cutting and application. The finalists also strengthens their metalwork skills at Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, Industria, and Prizmic & Brill.

“An artist creates for himself. A designer creates for another entity,” explains Mr. Jude Tiotuico of Industria of the difference between an artist and a designer. Mr. Matthew Brill of Prizmic & Brill emphasizes the importance of understanding the material and the designers to understand the production costs when collaborating with exporter-manufacturers.

The Red Box Home finalists strikes a pose with Kenneth Cobonpue after his brief retelling of the history behind the brand and the tour around the production facility and collaboration spaces.

The Red Box Home finalists strikes a pose with Kenneth Cobonpue after his brief retelling of the history behind the brand and the tour around the production facility and collaboration spaces.

The Furniture and Home Accents finalists acquired exposure to materials in Cebu from Bon Ace, Obra Cebuana, and Nature’s Legacy, and gained deeper understanding of the design process from Vito Selma, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Cebu Fil Veneer.

In Bohol, the finalists discovered how technology such as 3D printing can aid their prototyping process through the assistance of FabLab Bohol Team, composed of representatives from the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) -Bohol, local designers, and volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The Fashion finalists were shown a generous amount of sample swatches of fabrics at the FF International Manufacturing Corporation (FFIMC), most of which were sourced overseas; cotton and silk were the primary base materials.

The Fashion finalists were shown a generous amount of sample swatches of fabrics at the FF International Manufacturing Corporation (FFIMC), most of which were sourced overseas; cotton and silk were the primary base materials.

Josie Natori, internationally acclaimed Filipino designer and CEO and founder of The Natori Company, opened her doors to the Fashion finalists for an opportunity to learn about the production of high-end fashion garments, allowing them a tour on a large garments production house to witness the intensive labor and the different stages of manufacturing process.

To broaden their perspective on tradition, a recurring theme in design, and its inspiring adaptation into contemporary works, the Fashion finalists proceeded to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila to witness a prestigious showcase of indigenous and contemporary designs of French and other international artists at the International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles (FITE).

The Fashion finalists were encouraged to experiment with the techniques taught on non-traditional materials in a Trends Briefing and Workshop on Decorative Finishing for Fashion Accessories, led by the Design Center of the Philippines.

The Fashion finalists were encouraged to experiment with the techniques taught on non-traditional materials in a Trends Briefing and Workshop on Decorative Finishing for Fashion Accessories, led by the Design Center of the Philippines.

The Fashion finalists learned Discharge Printing and Wrinkled Pleating in a two-day workshop on Fabric Treatments and Manipulation, under Lulu Tan-Gan and Ms. Vie Alvarez, a textile expert and instructor under the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Program at the College of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. They also attended a Trends Briefing and Workshop on Decorative Finishing for Fashion Accessories, led by Design Center of the Philippines Design Division Head Luis Manalang and Resource Person Marilyn Munio.

The Fashion designers learned the handmade footwear production from Ai-She Footwear. This involves processing of raw materials, pattern-making, cutting, and stitching; shaping and lasting; and finishing and packing. The finalists also participated in the bakya making of RTC Woodcraft.

Apart from the workshops, The Red Box Design Talents attended seminars on Elevating Filipino Artistry in Modern Fashion by JC Buendia, Integrating Filipino Aesthetics in Contemporary Design by Felipe De Leon, Jr., and Reinventing Filipino Craftsmanship by Rita Nazareno.

“A most striking quality of Philippine ethnicity or traditional cultures is their great creative diversity and richness,” De Leon stressed during his talk.

The pioneer batch of Red Box Design Talents will exhibit their collections developed in collaboration with local manufacturers at the October 2015 edition of Manila FAME slated October 15-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The showcase is a culmination of a year-long design journey. At the same time, it is a glimpse into a work in progress. A panel of distinguished industry experts and stakeholders will determine the winning designers from each category.

The finalists under the Furniture and Home Accents sectors are Viktoria Laguyo, Mariel Lazo, Edward Sibunga, Kristel Blancas, Diana Ramirez, and Jim Torres.

For the Fashion Apparel  and Fashion Accessories categories, the finalists are Leby Le Morìa, Thian Rodriguez, JM Rosario, Vince Tolentino, Jeffrey Manahan, Jelvin Mujar, Micki Olaguer, and Michille Sabulao.

Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of 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. It continues to inspire with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful.

For more information on Manila FAME and Design Week Philippines, interested parties can visit www.manilafame.com, http://www.designweekphilippines.com.ph, or email manilafame@citem.com.ph.

Manila FAME October 2015 celebrates the Autumn/Winter sourcing season with the latest collection from German designer Detlef Klatt

Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure

With 33 years as Asia’s barometer for the global home, fashion and craft trade, Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, opens this 15-18 October 2015 with a breathtaking collection from German designer Detlef Klatt that celebrates the good life as interpreted through the expert hands of 21 Philippine exporters in collaboration with the country’s most talented artisans and craftsmen. The entire collection will be curated and presented in Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure, a special event feature located at the ground floor of the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

German product specialist Detlef Klatt develops product designs for Philippine manufacturers who participated in CITEM’s Design for Exports Program. In photo, he is standing amid his October 2014 tablescape setting, “Be Our Guest.” Klatt returns to the 62nd Manila FAME with "Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure,” a bold expression of a life well-lived through an exuberant collection of dinnerware, home accents, and holiday décor.

German product specialist Detlef Klatt develops product designs for Philippine manufacturers who participated in CITEM’s Design for Exports Program. In photo, he is standing amid his October 2014 tablescape setting, “Be Our Guest.” Klatt returns to the 62nd Manila FAME with “Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure,” a bold expression of a life well-lived through an exuberant collection of dinnerware, home accents, and holiday décor.

Inspired by the ethos of “gusto” which translates into hearty or keen enjoyment, Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure is an exuberant collection of dinnerware, home accents, and holiday décor, complemented by select artisanal food products. The collection promises a neo-baroque experience in living with its decorative embellishments and luxurious attention to details. It is a bold expression of a life well-lived as translated in a setting in black and white, and infused with touches of gold.

Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure fuses neo-baroque elements with modern application. In photo are samples of products and designs that will comprise the Detlef Klatt’s product design and development collection.

Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure fuses neo-baroque elements with modern application. In photo are samples of products and designs that will comprise the Detlef Klatt’s product design and development collection.

The Manila Gusto Gallery is a combined concept store and coffee shop. It speaks of harmony and significant connections despite differences. It encourages consumers to create a symphony of synergies among contrasting elements. The bar serves as a venue to mingle and share heart-to-heart conversations with friends over a cup of coffee; the gallery presents functional and decorative items that embody all things that make life more pleasurable; and the concept store encourages consumers to take home pieces that reflect their heart’s desires, and remind them of the grandeur of life and its decadences.

Black, white and gold. Klatt considers these colors as the perfect palette to express the ethos of a life well-lived as applied to locally-manufactured products.

Black, white and gold. Klatt considers these colors as the perfect palette to express the ethos of a life well-lived as applied to locally-manufactured products.

Product designs, especially developed by Detlef Klatt for the companies participating in the special setting, vary in style to highlight each company’s capability and strength. The products may diverge into extreme, mellow, sophisticated, natural among others, depending on the resources and identity of the company-participant. Despite the different product categories, the classical elements in the setting bind them for cohesion, according to Klatt.

Detlef Klatt discusses his designs with Philippine Treasures, Inc. Vice President Ma. Elena Gomez one of the 21 local companies who will be manufacturing products for Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure.

Detlef Klatt discusses his designs with Philippine Treasures, Inc. Vice President Ma. Elena Gomez one of the 21 local companies who will be manufacturing products for Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure.

Klatt also speaks of the longevity and high appraisal for products sporting a classical theme. “Products with classical looks are seen as timeless, and people appreciate them as high-value,” Klatt explains.  He also notes that there is a big demand for these products, but there is an inadequacy in quality suppliers worldwide. Klatt sees this as an opportunity for the Philippine export industry.

Klatt also remarks that a classical theme will be easily understood by Filipino craftsmen because of the Spanish influence embedded in the Philippine culture. “It is normal to Filipinos because you see it your churches, in the curves and carved details in your furniture,” he says.

The 21 local companies sharing their collection for the Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure are Asia Ceramics, Basket and Weaves, Bon-Ace, Chanalli, Chrysara, CSM, Dekokraft, Femeen Crafts, Gyrma Import Export, J.E.R. Shellcraft, Joami International Trading, Manila Precious Moments, MCCA, Marykel, Navidad Crafts Export Corporation, Obra Nicolas, P&B Valises, Peter and Paul, and Philippines Treasures, Prado, and Sarilinlikha Novelties / Abaca Art Atelier of Manila.

The Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure is an enticement, a visual and tactile invitation to be bold, to live a life full of passion, to seize life’s precious moments, and to create significant connections.