High-quality export products in furniture and furnishing
The 58th edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier tradeshow, was recently staged at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Filipino artistry and ingenuity were showcased putting the spotlight on high-quality export products in furniture and furnishings. Holiday gifts and décor as well as fashion were exhibited coming from all regions in the Philippines.
Promoted as Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event, Manila FAME has been around for the past 30 years, allowing Filipino craftsmanship to always take center stage. Executive director Rosvi Gaetos of the Center for International Trade and Expositions and Missions (Citem), the export marketing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry and lead organizer of Manila FAME, was delighted with the extraordinary products and show features that have sparked global interest. The new trend of products has elements like eco-friendliness and sustainability. Recycled materials are used ingeniously in furnishings and décor.
Among the exhibitors was Pacific Carpet Manufacturing Corp. Though many might not be familiar with the name, the company has been around for over 47 years. Active in both the local and export market, Pacific Carpet’s products have graced famous hotels, homes and offices around the globe. In the Philippines, the company has been the manufacturer of the Tai Ping brand for several years.
Recently, Pacific Carpet collaborated with home-grown talents primarily to focus on product development. One of these was Iñigo Elizalde. Four years ago, their exciting partnership has developed into great floor coverings. Katha awardee Maricris Floiriendo Brias started last year using designs that are inspired from seascapes.
This year, Pacific Carpet is proud to present Kenneth Conbonpue in Citem’s October Fair. The collaboration is a beautiful product that looks like a painting.
Manila Wear is the fashion section of Manila FAME. Focusing on tropical and resort wear, several designers used indigenous materials in couture fashion and accessories.
On the local scene, Philux sells exquisitely crafted, incomparably detailed furniture pieces for the home and office. It uses premium mahogany wood that is kiln-dried and responsibly sourced. Philux is proudly Filipino made and still practices age-old craftsmanship using dowels, tenons and mortises, clamps and wood glue.
Recently, the company has launched its 2014 collection that features casual chic inspired by modern California lifestyle. Among the collection are the Mason Wingback chair, nesting tables and full living set that adopted western taste of furniture.
The items come in either coffee or charcoal-color finish to give a rustic but classy and somewhat country look to the home. Fabrics used for the new collection are of high quality and imported from Europe. In the coming months, Philux will also be expanding its portfolio and feature designer lamps, cow hides and canvass throw pillows.
Philux (www.philux.ph) is committed to the full satisfaction of its clientele and is thus involved from design to delivery. All items carry a one-year warranty. Philux showrooms are located at Powerplant Mall, SM North Edsa and SM Megamall.
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