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Philippines International Furniture Show 2015, includes international design stars.

I really enjoyed and was so inspired by last year’s Manila Fame and so I am looking forward to this year’s show which is happening on Friday, March 13 until March 16. Here are some info about the show and I really hope you guys could drop by to witness our fellow Filipinos’ creativity.

The Philippines International Furniture Show (PIFS,) will take place at SMX Convention Center, Manila from 13 – 16 March. This is the national industry platform for the furniture manufacturing and home décor sector, where the best of the new collections are displayed to local, regional and international buying professionals. The Filipino creative spirit has a global reputation, and this industry has a loyal and growing following among the international design community and those buying for it. Over 8,000 visitors from 70 countries are expected at the four day event for a showcase of the best Filipino interior design products PIFS is not just a furniture exhibition. It is also an industry forum for debate and discussion, a place where important global and local developments and trends are raised and analyzed. It is a complete industry event – for buyers and sellers alike.MDDThis year, PIFS has invited celebrity designers Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner to join the show. They will choose their favourite items from the exhibition and talk on the latest international design trends in a special presentation at the exhibition. A highlight of this year’s event, this is a free presentation for visitors and exhibitors that will be held at The Hub and registered visitors are welcome to attend.

McDonald is an award-winning and internationally published interior designer and author. She has been consistently ranked as one of House Beautiful magazines top 100 designers, and one of Veranda magazine’s top 25 designers. Her client list includes celebrities and socialites. Turner, is a well-known and respected furniture and accessories designer. His work has been featured on Domino, Vogue Living, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Food & Wine, and C Magazine.

With backgrounds that cover both furniture design and interior design, and as co-presenters of American reality show Million Dollar Decorators – they are surely best qualified to talk on current trends and the direction of the industry.

Renowned architect and interior designer J. Antonio Mendoza returns for his second year as creative director of PIFS. “We are delighted to welcome Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner as our special guests. They are considered to be among today’s most sought after tastemakers. They are already interested in our product and we’re certain that they will be blown away by the caliber of new design found in Philippine-made furniture at this year’s show,” he said.

More Fun - Hanging Around Final With posterAs overall curator of the show, Mendoza will be overseeing not just the look and feel of the show generally, but the featured Interior Lifestyle Vignettes in particular. These will present contemporary Filipino furniture against a backdrop of elements from the national past. This is a developing theme following the huge success of the special settings he oversaw at last year’s event. “It is our history that has given us the insight into East meets West design and allows us to communicate internationally. This is context of our creative ability,” he says.

“PIFS is the ultimate Filipino Collection. It is where we show the world, and our colleagues at home, how we interpret the latest industry trends, and in many cases, take the lead in design innovation.” said Christina Gaston, overall event chairman.” Industry pioneers and trendsetters have long been associated with Filipino design. The Campana brothers, Gaetano Pesce and Karim Rashid have all contributed to, and recognized our abilities. We are proud that such well known designers and industry leaders have been associated with our product,” she added.

Mendoza and Gaston will be supported in the organization of this year’s PIFS by the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (CFIF), the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), and the Pampanga Furniture Industries of the Philippines (PFIP).

The lineup of exhibitors this year is a list of the finest in furniture, furnishing, and lighting. Some exhibitors include Azcor Lighting, Coast Pacific, Designs Ligna, Diretso Philippines, Far East Furniture, Hein Chrispijn Metamorfose, Ito Kish, Locsin International, MCCA Industrial, Pacific Traders, and Vito Selma. For the best in local craftsmanship and international quality, the PIFS will take place from 13 – 16 March 2015, at the SMX Convention Center, Manila. For more information, visit http://www.pifs.ph or email info@pifs.ph.

PIFS 2015 (750 x 160)

Design Project: A Relaxing Studio Unit in Quezon City

Finally, after almost three months, I have a blog entry!!!! Not gonna make excuses. I just took a “vacation.” :)

Anyway, this is another project where the design was left entirely on me. Honestly, the hardest challenge is when the client says, “Bahala ka na kung ano maganda.” Sometimes, I don’t understand why some people have no idea what exactly they want in their own homes. They just want something nice and I have no idea what was nice for them. So, I based the idea on the basic facts I know about the client and crossed my fingers that she would like the result.

The client is in her 50s, single and working a 9-5 job. She loves nature and her idea of relaxation or break from her busy work is coming home to her hometown in San Fabian, Pangasinan. Her condominium is located along the busy street of Tandang Sora Avenue. Given those very few facts, I thought it would be nice if I could transform the small unit into something fresh, airy, relaxing with a reminiscent of nature. I also thought making the unit look youthful would help her feel invigorated after office hours and long commutes.

Here are the ‘before’ photos…

The unit is just 28 sq.m. and may not look much at all, but the first thing I noticed was the ceiling-to-floor windows/door that occupies more than half of the wall, flooding the unit with natural light.before1The sink was a big NO for me and I really insisted that we take it down and build a new one despite the very limited budget. The cabinets were made of MDF which easily gets ruined when exposed to water; the faucet was chrome-plated plastic and the counter top was showing early signs of rusting. If were to use this, we would only be able to initially save at least P10,000, but the expenses and hassle would be a lot, lot more when this thing finally breaks down.before2The kitchen was a bit of a splurge because I used mosaic tiles. But since the unit is small, I think it deserves a little jewel corner. Isn’t it nice?:)kitchenBecause cool colors visually help expand a space, I decided to use light green (Clear View- Dunn Edwards) for wall color, yellow green and turquoise for accent colors. Again, nature colors but a bit vibrant.

living-area1The framed black and white photos were from my vintage Vogue circa 1969. I just thought she would love that. :)living-area4The bedroom is kept simple. I tried to keep an open floor layout without sacrificing the client’s privacy so half of the “bedroom” is walled and the other half is covered with waist high cabinet. There are cubby-holes at the upper back where she can place her books and other nighttime knickknacks. It also has casters so it can easily be moved in case she needs extra storage under the bed.

bedroomThe client requested for a huge shelf where she could put her books. Right now, it looks a bit empty but eventually, I know she will be able to fill it up with more books, memoirs and display items.

shelfAlong with her request for a bookshelf was a study table. Since the space is limited, I always see to it that all furniture work hard, meaning all items must have two or more function.

dining2She can use this table for eating and working, but when she has some friends over, the table can be expanded. The blue stools are originally part of this custom designed dining set, but I also used them as coffee table. Hehe! The native poufs are handy for extra seating too. dining-kitchenThe bathroom is really tiny and this is the only picture I can take decently. I used a light cool blue, Air of Mint from Dunn Edwards.

bathroomHere’s the panoramic shot of the place. The wall partition didn’t block the natural light so it didn’t contribute to making the space smaller. I think it actually helped make the place roomier and I was able to maximize the vertical space for extra storage.panoramic-viewThe floor plan…

floor-plan



Modus Operandi Alert This Holiday Season: Hypnotism

As the Christmas season is already in full swing, so are the people out there who would do anything to make extra money even if it meant harming others. I don’t usually post articles like this, but I am just too bothered not to share what happened to my best friend’s sister about a week ago. I, too, have a sister and friends who are still in school and may be potential victims of this gang. It is bad enough for your phone to be taken without your knowledge, but it is way worse to be hypnotized, taken to another city with all your belongings gone upon coming back to your senses. The worst part, you have no memory of how it happened. That’s what happened to my friend’s sister. Please read the account below and I hope it would help you stay cautious and safe this holiday season.

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