Budji Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue once again showcased their exquisite furniture and home furnishings at Manila FAME, last 17 – 20 October 2012. Their special settings became one of the highlights of the show and featured ingenious designs and innovative uses of the country’s resources that made for stunning and tasteful creations.
Acclaimed furniture and interior designer Budji Layug has built his reputation on his holistic approach to design – designing from exterior to interior, creating timeless style. His designs are largely organic in form and material, using natural materials from the Philippines, as seen in his special setting with fellow designer Royal Pineda during the October Manila FAME.
A multi-awarded furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue has been dubbed “rattan’s first virtuoso.” He and his work have appeared in countless international periodicals and many of his designs have been featured in both film and television. At Manila FAME, he showcased his most acclaimed works in a fantastic display of home furniture and furnishings.
Craftsmanship is a deeply rooted tradition in the Philippines where various craft forms are ingrained in the rich culture, and the art of the craftsman is passed on from generation to generation. Staying true to the theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines,” Manila FAME’s Craft Spots brought raw craftsmanship to the trade show’s audience and told their story through live demonstrations, giving life to the country’s natural materials by creating extraordinary shape and form.
Bobbin Lace of Santa Barbara, Iloilo
Bobbin lace is a craft form of using bobbin or spindle to braid and twist thread to form intricate designs that result in beautifully made handkerchiefs, coasters, table cloths, mantles, and lace appliques. Through the organization Women United Through Handcrafted Lace and Embroidery (WUTHLE), this craft became a source of livelihood for ex-Hansenite (ex-leper) women and their relatives in St. Barbara, Iloilo.
Rice Baskets of Palawan
The Pala’wan Rice Baskets are made by weaving soft bamboo strips on a rattan frame. There are three variations of the rice basket: the “tibong,” the biggest, stores up to a cavan of rice; the “tabig,” a basket of medium size and, like the first, it is mainly used for transporting and storing rice; the “tingkop” is the smallest basket which can sit on the palm of the hand and is used to carry rice seedlings ready for planting.
Giant Lanterns of San Fernando, Pampanga
The Giant Lanterns are crafted from readily available material – from wood, metal, Japanese paper and colorful plastics. First come the form, usually made of a strong metal wire, then wiring the light bulbs within the lantern, and finally covering the form with festive paper or plastic. Craftsmen are capable of creating the smallest to the largest of lanterns, some of which measure up to 15 feet or more. In San Fernando, Pampanga these lanterns come to life during the annual Giant Lantern Festival.
Taka of Paete, Laguna
Taka is the art of papier-mâché from Paete, Laguna. Taka comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Designs are seasonal and are requested by clients – from Christmas motifs of Santa Claus, reindeers, and snowmen, traditional Filipino icons of carabaos and Maria Clara dolls, to the more modern designs of cherubs, soldiers, and animals.
See more of the country’s craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 14 – 17 March 2013. Save the dates!
Last October, the Fine Arts was among Manila FAME’s line up of exceptional show features in the form of the Journey of the Tao-Tao exhibit. The Manila FAME Fine Arts installation sought to showcase art pieces that honor Filipino culture and craftsmanship while keeping in line with the show theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines.”
The Journey of the Tao-Tao comes to Manila FAME through the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippines Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing international opportunities for artists, scholars, and cultural organizations in the Philippines. The Journey of the Tao-Tao highlights six life-size contemporary artworks by ACC grantees Irma Lacorte, Don Salubayba, Anton del Castillo, Gerry Leonardo and Noel Cuizon, appropriating traditional sculptures from the northern region of Asin, Benguet. Honoring the sculptors that originated the masterpieces, the grantees bring them back to life, merging tradition with contemporary and creating something different and unique but nonetheless new, changing, and inspiring.
Look forward to more Philippine craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 14-17 March 2013.
For 29 years, the Katha Awards has been a purveyor of design excellence in the Philippines, giving distinction to the best talents in the country.
This October 2012 edition, the standards were high as a group of experts formed the judge’s panel. The diverse group gave keen eye, discerning taste, and outstanding expertise in choosing this edition’s Katha Awardees.
THE KATHA AWARDS JUDGES
Arch. Tobias Guggenheimer, Executive Director for Academics at SOFA Design Institute
Ms Daphne Oseña-Paez, TV host, producer, and businesswoman
Mr. Mitch Shivers, Entrepreneur, Industrial Designer, Faculty Member of the UP College of Fine Arts Diliman
Arch. Topy Vazquez, Owns T. I. Vasquez Architects & Planner Inc.
Arch. AJ Javier, Principal at Javier Design Studio Manila
Arch. Choie Funk, Principal at Atelier Funk Architecture
HOLIDAY AND GIFTS
Mr. Ricky Toledo and Mr. Chito Vijandre, Proprietor of Firma and AC+632
Mr. Andres Vazquez-Prada, Creative director and Proprietor of W/17 Home
Mr. Rachy Cuna, Multi-talented “Floral Architect of the Philippines”
Ms Pauline Suaco-Juan, Editor-In-Chief of Preview Magazine
Ms Tatum Ancheta, Creative Director for Digital, Draft FCB and Creative Consultant People Asia Magazine
Katha Awards October 2012 is in cooperation with the National Council of Industrial Designers of the Philippines (NCIDP)
The Katha Awardees of October 2012
Anchored to the theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines“, Manila FAME showcased design-forward, high-quality, Philippine-made products at par with international standards. A visual feast like no other, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event brought together some of the biggest names in the industry.