MANILA, PHILIPPINES — It’s that time of the year once again. The much-awaited Maison&Objet trade fair in Paris is upon us, and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is bringing FAME+ exhibitors to the world stage online.
34 Philippine brands will be showcased in the trade fair’s digital showroom, Maison et Objet and More (MOM). The goal: to highlight how Filipino craftsmanship and an eye for contemporary design make Philippine products true objects of desire.
Featured companies include Nature’s Legacy, Venzon Lighting & Objects, Finali, Indigenous, E. Murio Manila, Prizmic & Brill, Zarate Manila, Obra Cebuana, Weavemanila, Zacarias 1925, Lija By That One Piece, Hacienda Crafts, Mejore, A. Garcia Crafts, South Sea Veneer, Stonesets, Jb Woodcraft Inc., Contemporaneo, Haspe, Junk Not, Jamerika Enterprise Inc., Rafael Lighting, Goltrio, Bamburi By Native Crafts & Arts, Starwood Mfg., Tadeco Home, Prado Filipino Artisans, CSM Philippines, Lapekto Lapel, Ai-She Fashion, Maria Angelica Rare Finds, Beatriz, Sombrero De Manila, and Aranaz.
STITCH: Cross-Cultural Design and Philippine Artistry
Aligned with today’s desire for sustainable materials and design that speaks to the individual, Creative Directors Rita Nazareno and Gabby Lichauco worked closely with the participating brands, developing products with the theme “Stitch” in mind.
Call it a nod to the sewing traditions and tools of various cultures. You’ll find references to Japanese sashiko embroidery, European sewing boxes, and even American baseball stitches and medical sutures in the mix.
The results: organic shapes with a lively bent that address form and function. A thimble as an accent stool? Abaca welcome rugs with witty greetings? Pendant lights that mimic spools of thread? These are just a few examples of the unique creations that could brighten up any home.
Furniture: The Weightlessness of Organic Materials and Shapes
Guided by the craft of stitch and sustainability, the Philippines’ furniture selection brings a harmonious fusion between heritage and innovation. Some see natural materials sculpted into unorthodox shapes, while other pieces showcase an authentic Filipino soul in elevated essentials.
Light Features that Bring Life to Any Space
It takes personality to truly illuminate shapes, coming in weaves and vibrant colors embodying the light-hearted sincerity of Filipino hospitality.
More than a Rug, It’s a Personality
If it’s a conversation starter you’re looking for, the country’s featured decorative objects have you beyond covered. From a salagubang-shaped (native beetle) rug to wall and floor decor that speaks your mind through witty stitched text, this selection definitely has no shortage of covetable statement pieces.
Voluptuous Silhouettes for that Pared Down Stylish Life
Whatever looks good in leather, can look and feel even better woven. This is what the collection of bags, shoes, and other stylish accessories by the featured brands are out to prove.