In a digital space, the love for design thrives on.
This year, the Philippines will be participating once more at the Maison & Objet with 13 designers and manufacturers, all brought together by the theme Bubble Living by Kindred, a design collective inspired by quarantine living in the time of the global pandemic.
Maison & Objet is France’s major trade fair for interior design. In response to the current situation, the fair will happen via their digital platform MOM (Maison&Objet and More). The online design event will showcase a comprehensive roster of the world’s best décor, design, furniture, home accessories, tableware, and fashion.
M&O’s virtual presentation is an opportunity for bringing Filipino design talent and craftsmanship to an even wider global audience, outside the confines of its usual Paris venue.
This year’s roster of Philippine participants includes Albero, Channali, E. Murio, Finali Furniture, Indigenous, jb+, Nature’s Legacy, Prado Filipino Artisans, P&B Valises, Weave Manila, Venzon Lighting, Zacarias 1925, Zarate Manila.
The collective, composed of seasoned and first-timer entrants, industry veterans and reinvented brands, will present pieces inspired by Bubble Living’s key categories: Afternoon Spirit or Aperitif, Me Time, Table for Four, Focus: Home Office and Home School, and Pocket Sanctuary. These include work-from-home paraphernalia and furniture, bar carts for that happy hour cocktail at sunset, vessels and vases for indoor gardening, and more.
Gabby Lichauco and Rita Nazareno leads the Philippine participation in this year’s MOM Digital Fair. The duo first worked with CITEM and Philippine brands for last year’s participation in Maison & Objet.
The two worked closely with all the exporters, giving their tried-and-tested techniques like weaving, wood carving, and pottery, among others, a fresh direction. From newly-designed collections to reimagined signature pieces, the 13 design brands and manufacturers will proudly showcase Filipino craftsmanship at par with the world’s best.