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Designers say Asian Modern is over

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At the Philippine Furniture International Show (PFIS), exhibitors met the challenge to remain creative yet viable despite stiff competition from China and other markets.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Former college basketball star brings his game to the furniture business

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Varenna kitchens come with optional Subzero and Siemens appliances. PHOTOS BY ALANAH TORRALBA

There’s Italian furniture, and then there’s Poliform. These high-end modular home pieces from the Italian company, known for its flexible configurations, have found their way to some of the country’s most exclusive addresses.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How glamorous sisters Stephanie and Jessica Kienle are updating the design of living

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JESSICA Kienle and Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez

As luxury furniture maker Philux explores new looks and designs, it also joins other trailblazing interior artisans that have found a home at LRI Design Plaza in Makati City.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

New ideas from an old standard

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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 »

Telling a story through your living room

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The calling card reads, “Ito Kish: Chief Creative Storyteller.”

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Nesting: Planning the nursery for your bundle of joy


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Do you find yourself suddenly cleaning rooms and emptying out closets even if you’ve never been much of a neat freak?

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Victorian finds fund futures

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ENGLISH demitasse cups. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

In the heart of Makati sits a treasure trove of everything artisanal and vintage: Victorian-era bamboo furniture, pressed glassware and cutlery; ottomans of hand-woven fabrics from Turkey and Mexico; handmade jewelry and decorative shell masks; prints of illustrations of Manila during the 1800s.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

From metal to wood and capiz–designers innovate

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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
(Cebu).

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 »

Patti Austin designs ‘soothing’ furniture for ‘Yolanda’ victims

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PATTI Austin in her recent concert at Solaire

When Grammy Award-winning jazz/rhythm and blues singer Patti Austin was asked to take part in a fundraising concert in the Philippines to shore up funds of Habitat for Humanity and help the survivors of supertyphoon “Yolanda,” she immediately responded with a resounding “yes.”

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

In simultaneous raids, Kenneth Cobonpue runs after furniture copies–a first

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RSK Furniture would have been another nondescript shop along the national highway to Tagaytay City, except that it allegedly sells products being passed off as those of renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Most copied is the ‘Yoda’ chair; NBI team also swoops down on Market! Market!

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Kenneth Cobonpue sounded excited on the phone, like a fisher who finally felt a tug on his line.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

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