With the success of the Cycle 1 of the RED BOX design program, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) has managed to highlight the promising brilliance of the young Filipino design talents at the Manila FAME October 2015 edition and in select trade shows in London, Milan, and New York. Due to the heightening interest among designers, CITEM has announced the extension of the submission of entries for Cycle 2 to 16 September 2016.
The RED BOX design program is a platform to discover and train young designers to become the next generation of movers and shakers in the home and fashion industries. The application is open to Filipino product designers aged 21 to 30 years old who have not yet received major home- or fashion-related awards.
Since 2014, RED BOX Cycle 1 Grand Winners for the Home and Fashion Sectors, Thian Rodriguez, Micki Olaguer, Kit Blancas, and Jim Torres, together with 10 other finalists, underwent an in-depth immersion in their respective industries. The program includes attendance to seminars and workshops on design and business; exposure to craft techniques through regional factory visits; first-hand learning experience from world-renowned design icons such as Kenneth Cobonpue and Josie Natori; and, development of product collections in close collaboration with manufacturers.
Their training came with an extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by the country’s designers of premier caliber – Budji Layug for furniture and home accents, and Lulu Tan-Gan for apparel and fashion accessories.
“The Philippines is full of talented young creatives. RED BOX opened its doors to them, so they can further develop their skills under the mentorship of Filipino design icons,” CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos states.
RED BOX Cycle 2 aspires to send more promising designers to international trade fairs such as International Fashion Showcase in the United Kingdom, Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Italy, and International Contemporary Furniture Fair in the United States of America next year.
CITEM has partnered with the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), a technical agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, mandated to promote industrial design as a tool for improving the quality and competitiveness of Philippine products. The partnership between CITEM and DCP aims to sustain development of the next generation of Philippine designers.
Applicants may submit entries for any of the following categories: furniture; home accents; apparel; and fashion accessories. Only one entry for a maximum of two categories will be accepted. Deadline of submission of entries is on 16 September 2016. For more information on the application process, please visit http://www.citem.gov.ph/index.php/developmental-programs/red-box.
The 60th Manila FAME, held from October 16-19, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City brought together the four rising designers of Red Box Home under the continued mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug in collaboration with exporters/manufacturers who specialize in furniture and home accents.
Leeroy New, one of the Red Box home designers, is a sculptor artist who uses organic shapes to create unique and not-so-usual pieces. In collaboration with Rugare and Catalina Embroideries Inc., Leeroy featured his installation made out of corrugated board.
Lilianna Manahan drew inspiration for her pieces from the things she saw everyday. Her design style is very playful as seen in her showcase which she created in collaboration with CSM Philippines Inc., Maze Manufacturing Co. Inc., and Triboa Bay Living by Vivere Lifestyles Co. Inc.
Featured at Red Box Home was designer Joseph Rastrullo’s Linea collection. With The Sun (made of wicker and a honey brown finish), The Bird’s Nest and The Ant Hill, Joseph created a universe-themed showcase combining modernity and creativity with the help of Global Plus Interdecor and Prado Filipino Artisans.
At Rachelle Dagñalan’s installation, she showcased Stella. Inspired by stars and the Christmas lantern (parol), it was made of fine abaca pulp paper, carefully made and assembled by Rachelle and the artisans’ hands. The hundred-piece geometric lanterns were placed side-by-side to create a constellation of stars.
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. The 60th edition ran till October 19, 2014.
The 61st edition will be from March 13-16, 2015 at the second floor of the SMX Convention Center. The Philippines International Furniture Show, a co-located event, will be on the first floor.
A new breed of rising designers will showcase their design sensibility in creating unique and ingenious home collections at the 60th edition of Manila FAME slated October 16-19 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
Under the Red Box designer development program, young, talented and emerging designers are given the rare opportunity to work with manufacturers under the tutelage of Manila FAME’s creative team.
Red Box Home scenography features the junior designers: Rachelle Dagñalan, Joseph Rastrullo, Leeroy New, and Lilianna Manahan, under the continued mentorship of Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug. The Red Box presentation will be a collaboration among the designers, the creative team and exporters/manufacturers who specialize in furniture and home accents.
“We are nurturing young designers to strengthen the country’s position as Asia’s Design Destination and build a sustainable creative industry that is leveraged on design.” said Rosvi C. Gaetos, CITEM executive director.
Organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME is the country’s premiere Design and Lifestyle event that exhibits the finest Philippine-made products from home, holiday, and fashion sectors.
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 Red Box Home Scenography at Manila FAME, interested parties can visit www.manilafame.com.
As Manila FAME opens its doors for its 59th edition, the country’s Design and Lifestyle Event in Asia continues to open more avenues for nurturing young design talents and creating progressive and competitive products through the second edition of the Red Box Program.
Led by design icon Budji Layug, the program aims to help emerging designers gain a better foothold in the Philippine design scene. Working with select local manufacturers, the Red Box collective is poised to develop design-forward, modern, sustainable and functional products for the world.
A few new highlights for this year include the contrast of the past and present in the work of Patty Eustaquio; the combination of street culture and technology in Eneri Abillar’s designs; and the mythology-inspired collections by Angela Angeles, among others.
Some of last year’s Red Box designers are also returning to bring their fresh takes on design. Notable familiar styles include the provocative and grotesque designs of Leeroy New; the upcycled avante-garde furniture of Leah Sanchez; the multi-cultural, high-detail accents from the work of Rossy Rojales; the mix of industrial design, fantasy, sciences, history and fine craftsmanship in Lilianna Manahan’s bespoke accent pieces; and the distinct designs of Marga Espiritu and Vernice Songco, whose work exude a balance between the traditional and the modern, the homely and the industrial, and the laid-back and the edgy.
The Red Box Program seeks to further develop the talents of these rising designers, as part of the long-term goal of present the Philippines as one of Asia’s premier source of design-forward furniture, home decor, holiday items, gifts, and fashion products.