For all the design lovers out there, this week is Design Week and in Design Made Happy, we decided to spend our weekend in Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle 2016! This annual Manila FAME event dates from October 20 to 22 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Manila FAME is considered as the country’s own premier design and lifestyle event. This event showcases Philippine design and local craftsmanship in its innovation today. In addition, Manila FAME also promotes artisan furniture and home furnishings, decor, and fashion accessories by local artists. It is an avenue for possible business ventures, to have the opportunity to listen to successful designers from different fields, and to be source for design inspiration.
There were furniture designs by some of the most notable designers here in the Philippines namely: Kenneth Cobonpue, Vito Selma, JB Woodcraft, and the like.
The 64th edition of Manila FAME is themed “Objects Matter”. This shows how furniture pieces have their own origin and stories to tell. Pieces that are able to add value to one’s life and to connect with people in a deeper way.
In the eyes of our two interns from West France, Paul and Pierre, “First of all, we were impressed by a big design event like this and the most important for us is the mix between the different exhibitors going from the international designer to the local handicraft.”
Interns with Kenneth Cobonpue
As they went around, they saw how especially unique it is to see designs from a Philippine perspective. “We think it’s one of the biggest strengths of Philippines Design, this mix between different worlds to create things with a heavy work on the materials and assembly, and the symbolism, often linked to the history of the Philippines. It makes sense to a product, a space… It’s most important to create feelings and experience for the customers.”