Philippine local materials steal spotlight at Milan Furniture Fair 2017
Internationally acclaimed furniture designers showcase striking pieces made from Philippine indigenous materials at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.
The Milan International Furnishing Exhibition 2017, also known sa Salone, happened on April 4 to 9 at the Milan Fair Grounds in Rho, Lombardy. Numerous buyers, manufacturers, contractors, property and project managers, architects and interior designers from around the world gathered in this event, which is considered as the biggest and most important of its kind in the world.
The Philippines’ Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), export marketing arm of The Department of Trade and Industry also staged the Design Philippines booth at Salone 2017 featuring curatorial furniture choices from Philippine-based furniture manufacturers and designers.
At this year’s show, multi-awarded designer and creative director from Cebu, Kenneth Cobonpue designed the booth in collaboration with London-based Italian furniture designer Federica Capitani. Three-dimensional hand-woven fabric cords hang from ceiling to floor, creating well-defined yet open sections for each featured collection.
Catalina Embroideries, Inc. also joined Salone for the first time. Catalina is a Cebu-based brand that creates elegant and stylish home decór using only natural materials found in the Philippines, such as shell, coco, rattan. etc. Featured pieces from Catalina are The Teacup stools designed by Clark Mendoza which are made of woven fiber seating and graphic inlaid stone bases, and aquatic-themed chandelier and lamps named Formosa by Marjol Manato, which and are made of vines and coconut beads.
Pampanga-based furniture and furnishings brand, A.Garcia’s collection of outdoor chairs with the Turno and Ritorto series also stood out at this year’s event.
Other head-turning furniture collections showcased by Design Philippines at this year’s fair were from the houses of Finali Furniture and Home Accessories Co., Atelier-A by Cebu Fil Veneer, three-time Manila FAME winner and Japanese artist Wataru Sakuma, multi-awarded international designer Ruiz Stanley Ruiz, and Multi-awarded Industrial designer, UST graduate and SoFa professor Rachelle Dagñalan.