Since its inception in 1990, the Manila FAME Katha Awards has stood as the hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. The special distinction is awarded to Manila FAME exhibitors whose products embody the innovative design and material manipulation.
KATHA Awards puts a spotlight on sustainable products made by Philippine designers and artisans out of local indigenous materials for different sectors: furniture, lamps and lighting, home décor, fashion and seasonal décor.
The Manila FAME was recently held last April 25 to 27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. It is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Manila FAME is shaping up to be even more exciting this 17-20 October 2012, at the SMX Convention Center with one of its many new highlights: Design Houses.
James R. Booth, 30-year retail and sourcing veteran from the USA, and Manila FAME Project Director described the concept behind the Design Houses as, “Entry points for buyers and visitors to underscore what makes the Philippines ideal and unique. The Philippines has an abundance of sustainable raw materials suitable for products and top caliber design leadership that rank at the top in today’s marketplace.”
“Manila FAME designers are hard at work for the October Show in their individual design processes – exploring, developing and crafting products using the wealth of natural, indigenous materials the Philippines has to offer.”
Philippine designers Milo Naval, Ito Kish, Inigo Elizalde, Stanley Ruiz, Vito Selma, Wataru Sakuma, Amina Aranaz, Robert Alejandro, Daniel Latorre Cruz and Olivia d’Aboville were tapped by Manila FAME organizer, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), to pour their creative expertise in line with the October 2012 Manila FAME theme.
This 17-20 October 2012 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila FAME promises to be a spectacle not to be missed, with such talents working to bring out the identity of the Philippines through a language uniquely of its own and with stories of pure craftsmanship.
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