ANTONIO ‘BUDJI’ LAYUG is a globally acclaimed designer whose works can be seen in shops in Thailand, Malaysia and United States. He is a co-owner of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design firm, and founding member of Movement 8, a group that made Filipino design shine in the global market in 1999.
Layug’s devotion to modern craftsmanship gave him success in utilizing bamboo for his designs. He is the first Filipino designer featured in Bloomingdale’s magazine for his Giant Bamboo furniture collection.
For more than three decades, the veteran designer has developed a holistic approach in combining innovative eclectic techniques and indigenous organic materials to build contemporary furniture with superior quality in form and function.
Layug will be the overall creative director of the 64th Manila FAME. He will also showcase his modern uptake of the “Philippine Chair” from 1900s in the ‘Icon: Peacock Chair Redux’ special setting exhibit.
NELSON SEPULVEDA is a world-renowned Chilean stylist, scenographer, and designer. For more than 20 years, he has served as a creative director for Studio Edelkoort Etc, an international trend consulting company based in Paris, France.
Sepulveda began his career as a make-up artist and consultant for major cosmetic brands. Later on, he was named art director of Bloom magazine, a trend revue about nature, flowers, and plants, and the way they impact design.
Since then he built several collections for design brands–Ay Illuminate, ABC Pottery, Cinq Étoiles–in different parts of the world. Subsequently, he has been traveling in Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, and several Asian countries to help artisans gain deeper understanding in crafting works that reflect their inner soul.
For the October edition of Manila FAME, Sepulveda will help develop designs for Philippine handcrafted baskets using natural materials in the ‘New Generation Weaves, Basketwork, and Related Wares’ exhibit.
STANLEY RUIZ is a multi-awarded international designer and the creative director of Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy, a design studio he founded after working in Bali, Indonesia, and New York City.
Ruiz has been involved in seven editions of Manila FAME as a product specialist, assisting Philippine manufacturers in creating globally competitive and export-quality products.
This October, he is working with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and nine local manufacturers to brighten up the 64th edition of Manila FAME through their ‘Lucent Objects’ exhibition. His special setting is the result of several months of experimentation with indigenous materials – such as corn husk, peanut shell, palm husk, pandan leaves, anabo fiber – and turning these materials into lighting objects.
WATARU SAKUMA is a Philippine-based, Japanese designer recognized for his intricate organic pulp art. He is currently the president of Masa Ecological Development, Inc. (Masaeco), a Cavite-based pro-people and pro-environment company known for its paper artistry.
A graduate of Memphis College of Art and at the New York Studio Program, Wataru already made a name in international exhibits held in the US, Taiwan, Germany, and Japan.
In his creations, Wataru uses even the most basic materials to craft functional yet artistic pieces for urban living. Evident in his work is his profound respect for nature and an innate ability to see the beauty inside discarded or overlooked materials.
For the 64th Manila FAME event, Wataru completes the creative ensemble with architectural firm Manosa & Company, Inc with the gamut of exquisite to practical décor pieces—all crafted from the many functional parts of the coconut tree.
REY LUCIANO SOLIVEN is a multi-awarded Filipino artist and educator with more than 20 years of expertise in industrial product and design consultancy for international and local trade fairs.
Soliven honed his artistic expertise and knowledge by having virtually traveled almost every region in the Philippines, where he gained insight on innovative local techniques, as well the lifestyle of local artisans. He also observed best practices in the international exhibits by working with clients in the US, and key European and Asian countries.
Having dedicated more than half of his life in arts and crafts, this 45-year-old artisan professes a deep commitment to developing the craftsmanship of fellow Filipino artisans. In the 60th Manila FAME, he curated exhibits to develop the craftsmanship of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines.
This coming October, Soliven will once again work with local craftsmen in the ‘Materia:Bamboo’ exhibit to showcase the practical use and innate flexibility of bamboo materials.
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.