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Manila FAME recognizes Philippine design ingenuity at the KATHA Awards

Six local companies and designers bagged trophies in the recently concluded KATHA Awards during the 63rd edition of the Manila FAME held on 21 April 2016 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Schema, formerly a Christmas decor company, wins the Best Product Design for Furniture award for their Schema console table designed by the owner herself Ms. Celia Jiao. Inspired by modern architectural design, the console table features an equally-angled design that creates a negative space in between, discarding the need for braces or support.

Best Product Design for Furniture: Console Table by Schema

Best Product Design for Furniture: Console Table by Schema

Vito Selma bags the Best Product Design for Home Decor. The award-winning floor lamp stands with the statement that no two lights are the same no matter how similar. Selma has always been adamant in his focus on the natural, and this is exuded in his Henesius floor lamp design.

Best Product Design for Home Decor: Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma

Best Product Design for Home Decor: Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma

Joanique gets the Best Product for Fashion award for their Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of the Maskara Collection. Inspired by the colorful Maskara Festival in Bacolod City, designer Malou Romero patterned the sun- and moon-shaped winning products after the masks and faces that are prominently featured in the said festival.

Best Product Design Award for Fashion: Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique

Best Product Design Award for Fashion: Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique

Casa Mercedes’ ladies fans are recognized as the Best Product for Holiday Decor and Gifts for this edition’s KATHA Awards. Designer Monchet Olives incorporated Filipino expressions, and images depicting Philippine current events in his designs.

Best Product Design Award for Holiday Decor and Gifts: Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes

Best Product Design Award for Holiday Decor and Gifts: Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes

Ito Kish took home two awards–the Best Booth and Special Citation for Eco-Design Award.

The Ito Kish booth breathed organic and natural with their presentation through the use of bamboo and rattan in their new product designs. The Binhi, which won the Eco-Design Award, culled inspiration from the seed itself. Using the form of a seed, “Binhi” speaks volumes of possibilities that can go with it, and eventually grow into something beautiful.

Best Booth Display: Ito Kish

Best Booth Display: Ito Kish

Special Citation (Eco-Design Award): Binhi by Ito Kish

Special Citation (Eco-Design Award): Binhi by Ito Kish


The Katha Awards has been distinguished as a hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It gives distinction to ingenious designs, and encourages exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market.

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Manila FAME Highlights: Day 1

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KATHA AWARDS.  In the recently concluded 63rd edition of Manila FAME, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) recognized exporters and designers through the Katha  Awards, considered as the most prestigious award in the Philippine design scene. The Katha Awardees for April 2016 are Console Table by Schema (Best Design for Furniture); Henesius Floor Lamp by Vito Selma (Best Product Design for Home Decor); Ladies Fans by Casa Mercedes (Best Product Design Award for Holiday Décor and Gifts); Adlaw necklace and Buwana clutch of Maskara Collection by Joanique (Best Product Design Award for Fashion); Ito Kish (Best Booth Display); and Binhi by Ito Kish (Special Citation: Eco-Design Award). In photo are (from left): CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., Celia Jiao of Schema, a Vito Selma representative, Ito Kish, Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr., Malou Romero of Joanique; Jun Balderrama, representative of Casa Mercedes; and Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado of the Industry Promotions Group (IPG) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

 

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UAP CONEX 2016 DELEGATES AT MANILA FAME. The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Convention Exhibits (CONEX) 2016 delegates visit the 63rd Manila FAME. The UAP architects from the different regions of the country graced the opening day of Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event to support the Philippine design industry. UAP CONEX 2016 is a partner event of Manila FAME, which runs at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City until April 23.

 

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DTI OFFICIALS AT MANILA FAME. Award-winning designer Ito Kish tells the story behind his curated special setting, Spring Forward, to Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr., Trade Undersecretary Nora Terrado of the IPG, and CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos. Spring Forward is Kish’s visual take on the ‘season of renewal’ featuring handpicked local creations from the country’s craftsmen, artisans, and young designers. Ito Kish won the Best Booth Display Award and Special Citation: Eco-Design Award for Binhi in the recently concluded Katha Awards at the 63rd edition of Manila FAME.

 

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LUXE ESCAPE RAFFLE PROMO. Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr. awards the Luxe Escape Raffle Promo prize (a roundtrip ticket to Donsol, Sorsogon) to Pru Ellen McMillan of the Australian company Community Projects Worldwide (CPW) during the Manila FAME Welcome Reception at the World Trade Center. McMillan is the co-owner of CPW, a wholesale distributor of jewelery, gifts, and houseware that aims to assist individuals and groups to gain empowerment through employment. Sponsored by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Luxe Escape Raffle Promo is an incentive program which promotes Manila FAME as a foremost sourcing destination and the Philippines as a home of beautiful island destinations.

 

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SLINGSHOT PHILIPPINES 2016. Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal, Jr. addresses over 500 delegates at the opening day of Slingshot Philippines 2016 held at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) just recently. Slingshot Philippines is DTI’s startup and innovation ecosystem development program and a government-initiated platform for public dialogue and partnership, which aims to build and nurture the innovation ecosystem as an enabling environment with policies and programs for the startup and innovation sectors. The two-day conference provides an opportunity to gather in one venue  young minds with big ideas; innovators in constant pursuit of new things to benefit their community; supportive investors who fund startup ideas; and the policymakers whose role is to provide an enabling business environment.

Internationally acclaimed furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue exhibited his iconic, as well as brand new designs in a centrally located booth. With an open space structure, Cobonpue’s products rendered an elegant play of colors crested by a large sculpture that anchors the space, creating a focus in the setting.

A colorful ‘Manila FAME: Boutique Edition’ set at the World Trade Center in April

Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, returns to its April season to bring the global trade buyers to the optimal buying cycle at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on April 21-24. For its 63rd show edition, the trade fair evolves into a boutique show featuring a more sophisticated, more exclusive and tightly curated show.

With the theme “Iridescence,” a portrayal of the colorful character of the design and lifestyle event of Asia, Manila FAME will headline an ever-growing showcase of export-quality Philippine designer pieces for the home, holiday, and fashion sectors in a well-coordinated boutique setting. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“Manila FAME is more than just a trade fair. It is a journey of discovery of globally responsive products that celebrate color and style under one roof. Buyers who visit Manila FAME on a regular basis always comment that they enjoy and benefit from the multi-dimensional experience that only Manila FAME offers,” said Rosvi Gaetos, the executive director of CITEM.

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Internationally acclaimed furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue exhibited his iconic, as well as brand new designs in a centrally located booth. With an open space structure, Cobonpue’s products rendered an elegant play of colors crested by a large sculpture that anchors the space, creating a focus in the setting.

Spring Forward and Y’ARI are Manila FAME’s special highlights this April under CITEM’s Design for Exports program, a multi-tiered and multi-faceted assistance program which provides Philippine exporters, manufacturers, and designers with a full range of design and product development services. The program brings together both local and international designers and business experts, as well as both young and seasoned industry players to create finely crafted products in the home and fashion sectors designed for the global market.

Spring Forward will showcase handpicked local creations from the country’s craftsmen, artisans, and young designers. Furniture designer and interior design consultant Ito Kish will ‘reimagine’ the season of renewal through a symphony of greens and hanging light bulbs, brought together by solid black marble table tops that puts focus on the versatility and the potential of Philippine products.

Y’ARI will highlight the intersection of artisanal production in various Philippines villages and the interventions used to modernize this production, with Marian Roces as lead curator. The exhibition will showcase textiles, accessories, and ornaments crafted from native materials such as piña silk, beads, pearls, and gold to convey the level of quality that is being matched by modern transformations. With a haute design concept on hand, the exhibit will depart from typical trade show approaches.

Trade buyers and visitors will also get to experience the Philippines’ distinct character and rich inventory of traditions and talents through The Artisans Village, which aims to protect, preserve and promote the arts and crafts of the islands. It aims to celebrate the work of local artisans and master craftsmen highly skilled in weaving, wood carving, metal forging, and other various forms of traditional crafts.

As in previous Manila FAME show editions, Red Box will continue to inspire design enthusiasts with an inspirational showcase of fresh home and fashion ideas. Red Box is a design development that continues to develop junior designers through an ongoing talent and development and mentorship program. For the April 2016 edition, Red Box will feature the iconic designs of junior designers Joseph Rastrullo and Rachelle Dagñalan who will develop a conceptual display based on Manila FAME’s theme “Iridescence,” under the mentorship of Budji Layug, the creative director of Manila FAME.

Since 2013, Red Box has been developing young designers through an ongoing talent development and mentorship program, with Manila FAME as the primary marketing platform. Emerging designers are handpicked by a high-caliber jury of design professionals under the mentorship of celebrated design icons. Lilianna Manahan was one of the three talented junior designers who were given the challenge to create and curate spaces reflective of her design aesthetic in Red Box, a designer development program of Manila FAME. Manahan’s lighting installation masterpiece in the 62nd Manila FAME was inspired by designs she saw in nature (see photo above).

Since 2013, Red Box has been developing young designers through an ongoing talent development and mentorship program, with Manila FAME as the primary marketing platform. Emerging designers are handpicked by a high-caliber jury of design professionals under the mentorship of celebrated design icons. Lilianna Manahan was one of the three talented junior designers who were given the challenge to create and curate spaces reflective of her design aesthetic in Red Box, a designer development program of Manila FAME. Manahan’s lighting installation masterpiece in the 62nd Manila FAME was inspired by designs she saw in nature (see photo above).

The presence of OTOP (One Town, One Product) manufacturers will once again highlight handcrafted products made by skilled Filipino craftsmen from various local communities. It is a project of the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotions (DTI-BDTP).

Manila FAME will coincide with the celebration of Design Week Philippines (DWP), which fosters connections between creative industry practitioners and design enthusiasts in an interactive sharing of knowledge, ideas, and trends.

Katha Awards has been distinguished as an important hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation since its inception in the early 80s. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market. In the Katha Awards in October 2015, six outstanding companies were chosen out of the 400 exhibitors for their innovative and design-forward products exhibited in the 62nd edition of Manila FAME. Vito Selma, a distinguished veteran furniture brand, won the Best Design for the Home Décor category with its playful home piece crafted from wood named Twist (see photo above).

Katha Awards has been distinguished as an important hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation since its inception in the early 80s. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market. In the Katha Awards in October 2015, six outstanding companies were chosen out of the 400 exhibitors for their innovative and design-forward products exhibited in the 62nd edition of Manila FAME. Vito Selma, a distinguished veteran furniture brand, won the Best Design for the Home Décor category with its playful home piece crafted from wood named Twist (see photo above). As a brand, Vito Selma is adamant on its focus on the natural yet is constantly exploring, creating and experimenting new designs relying on wood as its primary medium.

Now on its 9th bi-annual staging, Design Week Philippines will provide “the richest, most exciting, most meaningful ways to group, gather, and bond people.” The theme for April 2016 is “Connection” which refers to the creative attempt to bring together people from diverse backgrounds and culture to interact and share their creativity with each other, with Intramuros as DWP’s first design district.

The Loopy Chair by Pampanga-based company, Industria Edition (see photo above), was named the Best Product Design for Furniture. Specializing in the manipulation of steel, Industria’s visually stunning furniture highlights the icon of the man behind the metal.

The Loopy Chair by Pampanga-based company, Industria Edition (see photo above), was named the Best Product Design for Furniture. Specializing in the manipulation of steel, Industria’s visually stunning furniture highlights the icon of the man behind the metal.

Manila FAME is the second-longest running trade show in the Asia Pacific. It is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), or the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Milan, Italy on 15 April 1925.

For more information on Manila FAME: The Boutique Edition, interested parties may visit the official Manila FAME website at www.manilafame.com.

PH ingenuity recognized at Katha Awards October 2015

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Out of the 400 exhibitors that showcase their products at the 62nd Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle Event, six (6) companies were chosen for their innovative and design-forward products by a panel of respected designers and artists.

The Loopy Chair by Industria Edition was named the Best Product Design for Furniture. Industria, a company based in Pampanga, specializes in the manipulation of steel into visually stunning furniture. The Twist, which won the Best Design for Home Décor, is a playful home piece crafted from wood by veteran furniture maker Vito Selma. Alchemista, Inc. won the Best Product Design Fashion for its Roma Collection of Ring Stands designed by Georgina Teng.

Crafted by Marmol Stone Work and designed by Janina Firmalo-Herrera, the Marble Tray was chosen as Best Product Design for Holiday Décor and Gifts. P&B Valises et Compagnie, Inc. took the Best Booth Display citation, while MASAECO was given the Special Citation for Best Eco-Design for its Gold Paper Bowls designed by Jinggoy Buensuceso.

In photo, from left: Matthew Brill, P&B Valises et Compagnie; Vanessa Gaston &Evelyn Selma, VITO SELMA; Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma, MASAECO; Jude Tiotuico, Industria Homes; DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo; Janina Firmalo-Herrera, Marmol Stone Work; PhilExport President Sergio R, Ortiz-Luis Jr.; DTI-CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; and Georgina Teng, Alchemista, Inc.

In photo, from left: Matthew Brill, P&B Valises et Compagnie; Vanessa Gaston &Evelyn Selma, VITO SELMA; Jinggoy Buensuceso and Wataru Sakuma, MASAECO; Jude Tiotuico, Industria Homes; DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo; Janina Firmalo-Herrera, Marmol Stone Work; PhilExport President Sergio R, Ortiz-Luis Jr.; DTI-CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos; and Georgina Teng, Alchemista, Inc.

Katha Awards gives distinction to ingenious designs and encourages exporters to raise their design standards for Philippine export products and pursue a skillful exploration of new materials/processes.

Since its inception in the early 80s, Katha Awards has been distinguished as a hallmark of Philippine product design excellence and innovation. It is an emblem and statement that seeks to inspire and challenge exporters and designers to constantly create and develop original designs for furniture, home décor and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion complements relevant in the global market.

The prestigious award is one of the highlights of Manila FAME, a bi-annual design-driven event organized by CITEM, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.

Visit www.manilafame.com for more information.

Design Philippines in Korea to Highlight Innovative Philippine Furniture Design

Recognizing the Philippines’ strength in innovative design in furniture products, a special in-store promotion of Design Philippines will be held at the Maison LEBEIGE in Seoul, Korea, from January 17 to February 21, 2014. This in-store promotion will signify the country’s entry into the South Korean home furnishings and accessories market.

The Design Philippines in-store promotion in Korea is organized by the Center for International Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in collaboration with the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC), Samsung Everland, Inc., and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center –Seoul (PTIC-Seoul).

Under Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event held every March and October, the Design Philippines in-store promotion at the Maison LEBEIGE is an innovative portrayal of the country’s rich culture and tradition, using modern design sensibility, via its select group of designers and manufacturers. It embodies the Filipino artisan’s commitment to quality design and craftsmanship, with the focus on crafting certified, export-quality Philippine products for the global market.

The Design Philippines in-store promotion will feature three brands, namely, Industria, KENNETHCOBONPUE, and Vito Selma®. All are known for their imaginative use of indigenous materials, in keeping with the dynamic design concepts influenced by Filipino culture. Their designs illustrate how these locally sourced materials can be transformed into functional yet artistic pieces – from the use of natural fibers, to local woods, to various types of metals.

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“Design Philippines continuously builds and strengthens the country’s position in the home furnishings and accessories industry in the international scene. With this specialized exhibition, we hope to showcase to the South Korean market what Filipino designers have to offer,” said Rosvi Gaetos, the executive director of CITEM.

For more information on the Design Philippines in-store promotion in Korea, interested parties can visit http://www.citem.gov.ph/.

See these designs and more at Manila FAME, 14 – 17 March 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.

On the Scene: Design PH at Maison & Objet

Design PH just finished living out another chapter of its story at Maison & Objet the 6 – 10 September 2013 at the Paris Nord Villepinte, representing The Art of the Craftsman at the City of Lights.

The new movement on the rise, Design PH brought together 12 diverse design brands for the occasion, each bringing their own style and innovation, coming together to showcase what the Philippines has to offer the world of design and modern living. Design and craftsmanship featured were by Betis CraftsHiveIndustria HomeIto Kish, LUISA HomeMASAECOMayumi by CSM PhilippinesPeter and Paul, Inc.Schema by Kalikasan CraftsTadeco HomeTriboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma.

Here are some of the sights from the recent interior trade event:

The Design PH pavilion at Maison & Objet September 2013

A closer look at some of the products showcased at the Design PH pavilion. In the photo are metal furniture and lighting from Industria Home and Kenneth Cobonpue’s Papillon Easy Chair.

Some of the Philippine-crafted furniture, furnishings and lighting at the show

A look at the Design PH showcase featured at Maison & Objet September 2013

Products from Betis Crafts, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, Domicillo by Peter and Paul, and Schema by Kalikasan Crafts

Handcrafted Philippine products from Betis Crafts, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, and Domicillo by Peter and Paul

Products from MASAECO, Triboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma

“Design tradition transformed. Craftsmanship re-created. Indigenous materials made innovative.” Design PH at Maison & Objet September 2013

A collection of the country’s premier products for furniture, furnishings and lighting at the Design PH pavilion

Show on-goers visiting the Design PH pavilion

A buyer showing interest on Schema’s products

Buyers at the Triboa Bay Living area of the Design PH pavilion

Visitors flock the Design PH pavilion

Buyers taking a closer look at Industria Home’s designs

Guests taking a closer look and feel of products from Mayumi by CSM Philippines

The Design PH pavilion was swarmed with buyers taking interest on the products and the story behind each of them

Want more of Design PH? Then don’t forget to SAVE THE DATES for Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Design PH in Focus: Hive

Design PH brings exceptional Philippine design and craftsmanship to Maison et Objet on 06 – 10 September 2013 at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Hive, along with 11 other design brands, will represent The Art of the Craftsman at the biggest trade event for interior design.

A collective of creative minds in design and artisanship creating under one roof, Hive produces some of the world’s most exceptional products in lighting and interior accessories. Founded by Kenneth Cobonpue and Celso Advincula Jr., Hive merges design excellence and innovative manufacturing, using locally-sourced and sustainable organic materials in crafting unique products inspired by nature, fusing it with handmade production techniques and using tradition as a tool in creating modern design.

Design PH will also feature the products from Betis CraftsIndustria HomeIto Kish, Luisa Home by Luisa RobinsonMASAECOMayumi by CSM PhilippinesPeter and Paul, Inc.Schema by Kalikasan CraftsTadeco HomeTriboa Bay Living, and Vito Selma.

Check out the rest of our stories on Design PH in Focus series only here at FAME Speak and visit our website to know more about Design PH.

See all these design brands and more at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.