As part of a designer development programme that aims to nurture the next generation of Philippine designers, these up-and-coming designers were selected to collaborate with established manufacturers.
Jim Torres, in collaboration with Venzon Lighting, created the Harris pendant light. Both a decorative structure and a functional light, it has a cosmic-inspired design using metal for a cool, shiny appearance, but retains a form that is organic and fluid.
Diana Ramirez worked with That One Piece Enterprise to create the structured, geometric Pamana lamp. It has a design inspired by the textures of everyday materials, such as paper twine, metal and cotton rope.
Edward Sibunga was inspired by traditional Bagobo weaving patterns to come up with the Eusebio collection of furniture, in collaboration with Calfurn. Consisting of a sofa, pouffe and cupboard, the designs marry old craft with new techniques for a unique look.
Mariel Lazo started with the idea of bending and twisting a shape to create a new form that still showcases traces of its original figure. The result is the Julia chair, in collaboration with Triboa Bay Living, made of 114 ash-wood slats supported by steel.
Inspired by ballet, Viktoria Laguyo made use of versatile rattan to create the Pirouettes collection, together with Obra Cebuana. The chair and end table have a repetitive circular frame, expressing the turns of a ballerina on one leg.
Together with Bon-Ace Fashion Tools, Kristel Blancas produced the Bahandi collection of light fixtures. Inspired by the Philippines’ underwater landscape, the resin moulded pieces resemble organic shells or rocks, featuring intricate cut-out details that play up the effects of light and shadow.