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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 or email

PIFS 2015 (750 x 160)

2014 Manila FAME

Last time, I was only able to have a glimpse of Manila FAME since I was dragging a bored husband and a four-month old baby with me. This time, I went alone, taking the MRT from North all the way down to South. It was very worth it considering the time saved from EDSA traffic. I wish I could stay longer though.

So, a brief view about Manila FAME:

Since 1983, Manila FAME has nurtured and promoted Philippine manufacturers and producers in the global market, consistently featuring top-quality export products and unique Philippine craftsmanship in home and fashion.

I cannot help being proud to be a Filipino while I was at the exhibit. Did you know that we have a local manufacturer that supplies baskets and rattan crafts for Pottery Barn? I love native crafts and I love it even more that I can possibly get them for much, much cheaper. Anyway, let your eyes feast on these beautiful Filipino-made export quality products.manilafame-2014-1I am in love with these colorful rattan furnitures designed by Luzon Rattan.manilafame-2014-2A. Garcia Crafts adds extra oomph to your outdoor spaces with these vibrantly colored chairs and stools. I would love to use these on my next project. Any takers? :)

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This pale blue gray chesterfield sofa from More Than A Chair is simply adorable. One of these days, I will visit their showroom, :)manilafame-2014-5This Ilocos Norte booth is particularly interesting for me. I used too find Filipino antique furnitures a bit boring, probably because I was surround by lot while growing up and they just look too brown for me. I was inspired by this Ilocos Norte style infused with colors, patterns and textures. If only I had an ancestral house to decorate…manilafame-2014-6 manilafame-2014-7

I’m looking forward to the next Manila FAME on March 13-16, 2015. For more information, visit Manila FAMES’ website.

Decorating Your Man’s Cave (Man Cave Make-Over)

I have been asked by Alex, a community manager for Man Crates to come up with a post highlighting some items one could gift to a guy who is looking to decorate his new man cave. By the way, Man Crates is a new US-based company that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates that he has to open with a crowbar! It ships internationally but, of course, it won’t be cheap. I wish they would open a store in the Philippines. I would totally repurpose those adorable crates!

Anyway, as we are all probably aware of, most guys aren’t into decorating. My husband, for example, would find a room sufficient as long as it has a sofa, a table and some mismatched chairs for his friends to sit on. He probably wouldn’t even bother painting the walls or buy proper lighting fixtures. You might even mistake it for a storage room!1412603431252If we ever had an extra room in the house, that is after I have my own craft room and home gym (hehe!), this is the way I would decorate a man cave. I’d really love to play around with texture in this room. I would love to make it look modern-rustic like an old-world tavern because it will make the men feel like they are in another place, sort of like an escape from home. Who wouldn’t want that? Haha!

The idea is to keep it as low maintenance as possible because I know most men would rather have that room exclusively theirs. No girls allowed, yea? So, design-wise, I think it is best to keep the furniture to a minimum, have a low maintenance rug and lots and lots of storage to hide those manly clutter!

Below are some of my man cave gift suggestions:

Man Cave Essentials

  1. Leather Sofa – Leather gets better with age and can withstand beverage spills and salsa splatters.
  2. Chest-Type Coffee Table – To keep furnishings to a minimum, they have to be of more than one function. This coffee table can store magazines, DVDs, books and random knick knacks.
  3. Hammered Mugs – How fun it would be to drink your beer the old-fashioned way? Hehe! Plus, since it’s not glass, no more risk of breaking it.
  4. Wooden Chip Bowl with Dip Holder – Guys may be careless (well, umm, most of them, I think) so, wood is much more durable the ceramic ones.
  5. Dart Board – Yes, I know. How stereotypical! But it has a cover so you wouldn’t have to know it’s a dart board especially if you DIY the front part into a wall art.
  6. A Huge Reclaimed Solid Wood Buffet – It might be pricey, but it sure will last for generations. This can be placed under the wall-mounted TV to store the video player, game consoles, etc.
  7. A Canvas/Leather Pouf – It provides extra seating and a place to put his feet up while watching the game. Again, it has to be dirt-resistant.

Throw in some black and white throws and a plain red colored one for some accent and a couple of low maintenance plant and the man cave now has some slick style!

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