Designer Feature: Kenneth Cobunpue


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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.

Rapunzel Chair (Plush and comfortable, thick hand-coiled upholstered foam curves over a steel frame. Seat and back cushions are covered in smooth wool to carry the overall softness through the design from aesthetics to comfort.)

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.

This was the bed that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bought from one of Kenneth Cobunpue's collections. Truly world class.

Dragnet Chair

The Hagia collection features an intricately and painstakingly woven design on a steel frame, resembling the craft of crochet. Airy and transparent, this furniture collection offers daybeds, and coffee and end tables with glass tops to bring alfresco elegance to you home, inside or out.

The ‘Bloom’ lounge chair is made of microfiber stitched over a resin top with a steel base. Inspired by the graceful blossom of a flower, this lounge chair is sculpted by hundreds of fine running stitches radiating from the center of the seat creating a subtle textural feel.

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Manila FAME


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Manila FAME (Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers’ Exchange) was founded in 1983 by by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) and is one of the longest running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific.

Since its founding, the show has been featuring the latest creation and design trends in furniture and furnishings, holiday and gifts and fashion. Through the years, Manila FAME has been nurturing Philippine creative manufacturers and producers and continues to promote them in the global market.

It is the only event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers.

In October 2011, Manila FAME and three other major sourcing events in the Philippines — manila nowCEBUNEXT andBijoux Cebu — merged into a single event in order to bring even more products to more buyers, serve more markets and showcase Philippine design and artistry. The show highlighted products set in a retail concept and developed under three global trends: Naturalist, Mood Indigo and Graffiti. It also featured skilled artisans demonstrating their craft in creating products with the use of indigenous materials such as capiz, buri and rattan. Read more at  THECITEMBLOG.

The successful collaboration continues for Manila FAME’s 55th edition in March 2012.

Fair Dates : 14 – 17 March 2012
Fair Hours/Venue: 09:00 am – 06:00 pmSMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City


An exciting collection of home products developed by Michael Cleghorn and Linda Simpson under CITEM’s Merchandise Specialist Program, reflecting three global trends: ParadisoStone Age, and Tribal Fusion.

The brilliant colors found on the shores of the Mediterranean inspire this signature collection, Paradiso. Painting our palette are resident bougainvillea, sunflowers, striped espadrilles, and Sicilian hand painted tiles. Boldly checkered rattan and painted metal bistro sets and basketry prevail along with boldly painted tableware modeling fish and flower illustrations. Folkloric embroidery taken from French peasant blouses finds its way on to fashion accessories, table linen, and pillows.

Stone Age
A contemporized architectural style with its minimalist design aesthetic is signatured here. Texture plays a major role in this thematic position mirroring reptiles, refracted crystals, sea shell fragments, granite, and natural woven materials. Our palette uses shades of gray which continues their emergence as today’s new black stippled with peridot, aquamarine, and topaz as sophisticated accents.

Tribal Fusion
Our richly woven tribal aesthetic conjures up  a warm country lifestyle retreat for the soul. Recycling, and repurposing raw materials into treasured home furnishings  take the stage.  This position is populated with Ikats, tanned leather,  rustic  basketry,  beaded pillows , hand-carved furniture — all carrying a warm vegetable-hued palette accented with indigo and chestnut.

See Exhibitor’s List  HERE.

For more information:

For more information, please contact:Manila FAME International Secretariat
Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
Golden Shell Pavilion, ITC Complex, Roxas Boulevard corner
Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Pasay City 1300, PHILIPPINES
Telephone : (Home Lifestyle) 632.833.1258 / 831.2201 Local 240 / 243
(Fashion Lifestyle) 632.831.1265 / 8312201 Local 203 / 226
Fax : 632.834.0177 / 832.3965
E-mail :
(Main email address for all sectors for general communications.)
(Main email address for all sectors for submission of online applications only.)
Events Management Arturo C. Dimaano 831-5001
Clients Management Maria Rita O. Matute 833-1258 / 832-5033
Overall Project Manager James Rodney Romana 832-5039
Special Events Rowena Mendoza 832-5039
Exhibitor & Client Services Doris U. Gacho 831-1265
Venue Design & Management Arch. Manny Benigla 832-3956

Are you going to attend the invite? I might be going there so I hope to see you.

Designer Feature: Swiss Company B-alance


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This set is designed and manufactured by Swiss company B-alance.  This design is reminiscent of modern Asian inspired organic style. The Fiore Collection patio furniture set features sofas, footstools and coffee tables (each boasting delicate, gentle curves suggestive of the cherry blossom). Black frames and topped with soft, white and red cushions, lends a lush, plush look and feel to the contemporary collection.

Individual pieces let you arrange the set as desired – in intimate groups of two or three, or as one large focal point for lounging.

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Cozy At The Outdoors



It’s spring/summer season once again. For those who were punished by the cold to stay indoors, this is tantamount to freedom. What better way to celebrate this than to get cozy and comfortable outside to enjoy the breeze and the sunlight. Hooray for warm months…

Check out some hip and functional designs after the jump.

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Off To The Attic You Go


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One of the most dreaded spaces in any house is the attic. It can be dark, hot and if you are claustrophobic then you better not try to get inside this space. How do you really make use of the attic besides it being a storage area or a rat and roach-infested maison? An attic space gives a homeowner the opportunity to have enough privacy and have a view of what’s outside the house. Attics can make a great guest bedroom, kids room, or even a huge master’s bedroom.

The slanting roof of the attic provides a great design if I may say so. And yes, using the attic as a functional space is a great idea and probably one of the best space-saving strategy.

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