Kenneth is a Cebu-based designer who studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute in New York. After a series of further studies and apprenticeships abroad, he returned to the Philippines in 1996 and started to manage his family’s furniture company, Interior Crafts of the Islands Inc. which is based in Cebu.
Kenneth is known for his organic and often biomorphic designs. By exploring the properties of indigenous materials such as buri, abaca, rattan, and bamboo, he’s able to come up with forms that are unexpected. Apart from exploring the natural materials themselves, Kenneth goes back to nature where he often finds his design inspirations.
Kenneth Cobonpue discovered that modern design could have a new face using natural fibres and materials and with time he carefully created the pieces which form the heart of his collection today. Integrating locally sourced organic materials with innovative handmade production techniques offered an alternative to the Western Definition of modern design.
Showroom: 3A Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City Website: http://www.kennethcobonpue.com/