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The best of Design Philippines at Maison&Objet Asia

RATTAN RETOOLED. Tropez sofa by Kenneth Cobonpue

Design Philippines, the branding initiative that positions the Philippines as a sourcing destination for finely crafted products for the global market, took center stage at the Maison&Objet Asia inaugural show last March in Singapore.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Style spotting at Design Surge 2014

ZOE Laurente

A flock of stylish individuals attended this year’s graduation show of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Fashion and Merchandise students. From editors, stylists, bloggers to guests, we photographed the fab attendees of the night.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

The design legacy of Wili Fernandez

DETAILED, handcrafted rendering effectively communicates the design for a corporate.

Wili Fernandez stands tall as one of the pillars of Philippine design. A visionary in his field, he was among the early design nationalists who was proudly aware of his heritage and who always referenced the Filipino in all of his work.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A wedding designer’s atelier done with Parisian flair

DISINI’S finishing team share the space with her. Above left, foreign glossy magazines and a photograph mounted on a plate are set against the gray-and-white toile wall in the powder room.

Upon entering this designer’s atelier on the 19th floor of a Makati condominium, you immediately sense that its owner is a woman with refined taste acquired not from New York, but from Europe—where she actually studied fashion and bridal wear for several months a few years ago.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Design Philippines debuts in Maison&Objet Asia, with Cobonpue named Designer of the Year

GLENN Peñaranda, Carlo Cordaro, CarolNicdao, Budji Layug, Rosvi Gaetos, Ambassador Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Kenneth Cobonpue, Lilianna Manahan, Frédéric Bougeard, Jerry Jiao, Jude Tiotuico, Ito Kish, Rene Alcala, Kate Pineda

What an expressive age ours is. Design is everywhere and creativity is unprecedented. The recent inaugural Maison&Objet Asia held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore was tangible proof of this.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

New ideas from an old standard


Antonio “Budji” Layug, creative director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions’ Manila Fame furniture exhibition, emphasized that the fair, held last weekend at the SMX Convention Center, should be a place for designers and buyers to visit for novel ideas. The exhibitor’s strength is appraised according to the capability to generate fresh concepts.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Students listen intently about Vreeland–‘aral ang lola nyo!’

FASHION and design students at SM Mega Fashion Hall’s IMAX Theater for a Diana Vreeland forum THELMA SIOSON SAN JUAN

It was a curious scene Tuesday at SM Megamall’s Mega Fashion Hall, as a good crowd of bright-eyed youngsters lined up to get into a forum about Diana Vreeland, former Vogue editor who died long before these same young people were born.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

The future (of design) looks bright

CHAIR that converts into a helmet as protection from falling debris

The delicate balance between form and function is perhaps what all designers strive for. Whether their specialty be product, interiors or graphic design, designers from all walks of life flock to the Tokyo Designers Week.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

Why Filipino design is making a splash on Hollywood red carpet

PARIS Hilton in a revealing nude and white embroidered number by Albert Andrada. This original creation landed Hilton to the Top 10 Best Dressed at the
recent Grammy Awards. AFP

At Sofitel Hotel’s Spiral last Jan. 30, Albert Andrada showed exactly how he conquered the Hollywood red carpet with a gown worn at the Grammy music awards by Paris Hilton who made it to the best-dressed list of top broadsheets from Boston to Great Britain.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Natori reinterprets Russian opulence in Fall 2014 collection

Ornate yet wearable. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Elton Lugay

It was a soaking wet Wednesday when fashion mogul Josie Natori unveiled her Fall 2014 collection to usher in New York Fashion Week.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

From metal to wood and capiz–designers innovate

DUKE Zuluaga, exhibit chair (Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines); interior designer Daniel Latorre Cruz;Mendoza; industrial designer Stanley Ruiz; and Christina Gaston, PIFS overall exhibit chair

Architect and interior designer J. Antonio Mendoza, creative director of the Philippine International Furniture Show (PIFS) 2014, appeared relaxed. He sat on a small white couch, feet slightly apart, and talked about the herculean task of developing synergy across an exhibition that highlights different regions and associations in the country.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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