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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.