NEW YORK – A select group of six most successful Philippine furniture manufacturers showcased their products to the 27th International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York from May 16 to 19, 2015.
The annual event drew an anticipated 32,000 participants involved in the trade show, fair and exhibition which includes 700 exhibitors from “prominent companies, professional services and distributors in furniture, decoration, design and contemporary arts.”
Making their yearly visits to the celebrated design hub were representatives from Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Brazilian Furniture, British European Design Group (BEDG), Ceramics of Italy, Design Philippines, Furniture New York, The Furniture Society (U.S.), Inside Norway, Interiors from Spain and Portugal Brands.
After an absence of 13 years, this is the Philippines second consecutive year of participation in the Fair. Consul General Mario De Leon, Jr. was with the exhibitors together with officials from the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Tapped for this year’s ICFF by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export marketing arm of the DTI, were KennethCobonpue, Bon-Ace, Ito Kish, Tadeco Home, Triboa Bay Living and Vito Selma.
According to CITEM, each one had “an inspired interpretation of innovation in Philippine craftsmanship” and “a story to tell.”
The six furniture designers were part of the Design Philipines overall presentation in the ICFF that “speak of the Philippine artisanal base for contemporary design: the portrayal of our local designs in global idions that fit with the dynamic rhythms of a precisely-targeted market.
CITEM said that the Philippines’ participation in New York “continues to assert a design aesthetic that embraces, and not merely follows trends; that eleborates, and not merely engages in dialogue, from organic, home-grown perspectives.”
KennethCobonque and Budji Layug, a multi-awarded industrial designer known for his unique designs integrating locally-sourced materials with innovative handmade production processes, presented its collection of Acacia Dining Table made of rattan poles fastened together to create sculptural and fluid contours.
Bon Ace, which has a decade experience in transforming natural materials into impressive works of art, presented its products such as: Planter “Barok”; Chair “Bella”; Object “Iris; Bowl “Starfish”; and Planter “Wanda”.
Ito Kish, which launched his first furniture in March 2012 to instant success, had “Raides Console Table”; “Basilisa Armoire”; “Josefina Lounge”; and “Gregoria Chair”.
Tadeco Home, which creates its products using only all-natural fibers, showcased its “T’nalak cushions”; “Ikat Floor Lamp”; Coral Fruit Bowl”; “Udon Poufs”; and “Coral Hanging Lamps”.
Triboa Bay Living, which is known for its wood products that are ingeniously transformed into elegant lightings and furniture pieces that evoke subtle creativity in a warm ambience, were highlighted.
Vito Selma presented its collection of tables, lighting, and accessories products.
Prior to the conclusion of the Fair, Consul General De Leon, and his wife, Eleanor, hosted a dinner reception to honor the Philippine exhibitors at their official residence in Manhattan. He thanked them for their participation in the ICFF.
“This is right move because ICFF provides the right platform for Filipino designers to show their unique designs that combine individual creativity with indigenous raw materials,” De Leon said.
He also honored the participating Filipino designers in the field of contemporary furniture who continue to reap praise and positive feedback from ICFF organizers and many visitors.
“Their fresh take on furniture design has been acknowledged internationally and are much in-demand among high-end clients and gives the Philippines a positive image and establishes the Philippine brand in contemporary furniture,” the consul general said.
The ICFF hosted representatives from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.S., United Kingdom and Venezuela.
The Fair highlights the latest and greatest in housewares and furnishings including contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.