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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.