It’s that time of the year again! Designers and design enthusiasts alike gathered together last weekend to visit the bi-annual Manila FAME held in World Trade Center in Pasay City. Considered as one of the premier design and lifestyle events, it showcased the overflowing innovation, craftsmanship, and artisanship of local designers. This year, indigenous materials and unique ways to manipulate these were highlighted in the exhibit.
In celebration of the 8th anniversary of Heima and Heim Interiors, we’ll continue with the final of our 4 part series, best overall booth. We evaluated all of the booths in Manila FAME in terms of design, relation to exhibit theme, and relevance to current environmental problems.
Kalikasan Sorsogon definitely stood out from the crowd. The exhibit was a passion project of professors and students from Musashino Art University (MAU) in Japan, and students from Bicol University in Sorsogon, to create beautiful furniture and home decor. The simplicity of their booth, using only white and black, highlighted the elegance and materials of their products.
One of the goals of Kalikasan Sorsogon was to introduce new design perspectives and skills to the artisans of Sorsogon, to further economic ventures and to encourage students of Bicol University to become designers. Another goal was to be able to highlight and innovate the natural materials abundant in Bicol. These include coconut, karagomoy, and pili shells. The other elements of their furniture on the other hand were kept inconspicuous using thin metal frames and clear glass tops, to keep the spotlight on the indigenous material.