Excellence. Pure talent. Innovation. These are the hallmarks the Katha Awards represent. This March at Manila FAME, the Katha Awards continues to distinguish impactful design and creativity, giving distinction to designers, artisans, and manufacturers. Just so, prestigious award encourages the elevation of design and craftsmanship standards in the country, inspiring future generations to craft better export products born of the country’s abundant natural resources.
The Katha Awards comprises the following categories: Best Product Design for design innovations from the product categories furniture, house ware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion; Best Booth Display for effective visual merchandising and creative booth design at Manila FAME; and the Eco-Design Award for products that represent sustainability and eco-friendliness.
This edition saw a number of innovative designs from talented designers and world-class manufacturers and from this editions pool of the finest Philippine designs the Katha Awardees are as follows:
On 11-17 March 2013, Design Week Philippines brings yet another celebration of sheer talent and creativity coupled with environment-friendly initiatives.
Here are the activities lined up:
Asia’s premier sourcing show for furniture and furnishings, holiday and gifts, and fashion will be featuring a home designed for the Millennial consumer as well as other exciting show features!
Highlights local communities’ initiatives that transform urban ecologies into self-sustaining and pro-environment society.
Featuring local crafts from the following cities:
Caloocan | Las Pinas | Makati | Mandaluyong | Marikina | Manila | Muntinlupa | Paranaque | Pasig | Quezon City | San Juan | Taguig | Valenzuela
A special treat that gives people a better opportunity to appreciate Philippine design, art, and culture around Metro Manila!
A special distinction presented to exporters and designers whose products embody exceptional quality and high-caliber design in furniture, houseware, and furnishings, holiday decor and gifts, and fashion. It is an important hallmark of design excellence and innovation, inspiring and challenging exporters and designers to constantly create fresh and original designs.
A gathering of some of the world’s best and brightest names in design to share and promote the collaborative use of creativity as a catalyst for positive change in everyday living.
A move to draw in the millennial generation by traversing innovative, smart, and art-savvy locations and events.
For more information about Design Week Philippines, visit Design Week Philippines’ site HERE!
See earth-friendly crafts at the 57th edition of Manila FAME as it shapes up to bring new and exciting products on 14-17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.
[Update: The Creative Environment has been renamed as the GreenCrafts exhibit at Manila FAME]
The impact that design and creativity has had on the world has been remarkable. Self-expression through creativity continues to grow and change and innovations in design have allowed the world to evolve. Form, function, and sustainability all play key roles on what is considered good design today. It just isn’t enough to be creative; intent on what you create is vital. When designers, artists, and artisans create, they keep in mind how their work affects their world, conscious that design can spur change. The Katha Awards aims to honor such work, cognizant that the Philippines is home to award-worthy talents in design and innovation.
Since 1983, the Katha Awards has been a symbol of design excellence in the Philippines, recognizing exporters, designers, and artisans whose products represent the best of what the Philippines has to offer. With the many talents in the country, the Katha Awards gives distinction to fresh, original, and innovative designs and, in turn, inspiring and encouraging others to bring up the standards of Philippine design and craftsmanship, creating better export products through the skillful use and exploration of the country’s natural resources.
The Katha Awards comprises the categories of Best Product Design which distinguishes innovative designs, each from furniture, homeware and furnishings, holiday décor and gifts, and fashion; Eco-Design Award for products that emulate sustainability and eco-friendliness; and Best Booth Display that recognizes booth designs at Manila FAME that capture smart and effective visual merchandising display.
Design Week Philippines, the country’s definitive celebration of everything design oriented with exciting highlights to share, appreciate and explore Philippine creativity. Its programs and activities are scheduled to take place in key locations around Metro Manila on 14-20 October 2012.
This edition, the DWP will create local and global awareness, highlight Filipino design sensibility, inspire the exchange of knowledge, and showcase the wealth of innovation and craftsmanship distinct to Asia’s Design Destination, the Philippines.
Register and be part of a promising week-long celebration of Philippine design. Contact the DWP secretariat at telephone numbers +632 831-1268 and 832- 5039 or send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the second day of Manila FAME, CITEM welcomed noted Brazilian designers, Humberto and Fernando Campana a.k.a. “The Campana Brothers.” They took the time from their busy schedules to come to the Philippines and see Manila FAME and spend time with Filipino young designers.
Humberto and Fernando Campana are renowned contemporary furniture designers. Their company, Campana Objetos is considered as one of the most interesting ateliers of design and production of contemporary furniture. their most famous piece is the “Vermelha Chair” also known as the rope chair. They are the first Brazilian designers to have their work displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ironically, both brothers never expected that they will be working together. Humberto originally studied law while Fernando got a degree in architecture. Humberto, after realizing his passion for sculpture and design started his design studio. Fernando would occasionally help Humberto meet orders, from that point on their partnership began. Humberto would get the feel of the material and the form while Fernando provides the ideas and the design process that is needed.
Their designs are mostly made out of found materials such as rope, wood scraps, recycled fabrics, toys, plastic tubes and aluminum. They want to give these materials a “second-life”, their designs’ eco-friendliness came out of necessity as buying new materials would cost a lot.
Their view on design is also rather inspirational. According to them “Design is not about functionality or practicality, Today, design is and can be political. You can send message through an object.”
ON FILIPINO DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP AND THE FILIPINOS IN GENERAL.
On a recent interview with Urban Zone host, Daphne Oseña-Paez the Campana brothers stated their views on Filipino design and artisanship. According to the brothers, since they’ve started working in design they’ve always wanted to visit the Philippines because they were attracted to the craftsmanship of the Filipinos. They are excited to visit the country and hopefully would get the chance to work with Filipino local companies in the future.
The brothers recalled that they started working with materials such as capiz and abalone sourced from the Philippines. Fernando used to visit Humberto’s studio and help him cut capiz shells. After working with the material for a long time, they are very happy to see the many ways capiz shells are used in Philippine handicrafts.
According to the brothers, the Philippines beat São Paulo in terms of embellishments and handicrafts, for them Filipinos know how to do it better than they do.
They also cited similarities between the Philippines and São Paulo. For them both places are similar in terms of how the people face life. According to Fernando, “People [in the Philippines] are very warm, happiness despite of all the problems we still have the same warmness in the heart and also in the way of living, how to improvise. The way of being happy despite having social problems.” Humberto also said that the Filipinos’ positive approach in life is very positive trait, “Necessity is the mother of Creativity, so both countries still face the same question, how to survive and profit with a lot of creativity.”
They also discussed the role of government in enhancing and promoting the design industry. According to the brothers, “to invest in design is a good opportunity to having people come.” The design industry is a good investment to gain profit for the country. According to Humberto, it is important to stick to your roots and in your tradition. “When you show your background, you are speaking globally. The best quality is not to copy or try to be someone that you are not.” Fernando also believes that education is also important. It is important for schools in different communities to teach the youth of traditions that are native to their community so that the tradition is not lost and can be preserved.
For them “slow-design” (handcraftsmanship) is better than “fast-design” (machine-produced). They believe that it is better to take a step back so that people can make “better steps to the future.”
During their short time in the Philippines, they believe that Filipino craftsmanship and traditions are unique. The Filipino artisans’ attention to detail and embellishments are admirable.
Another reason that the brothers arrived in the Philippines aside from visiting Manila FAME was to also meet with Filipino young designers. The brothers had an informal meeting with the designers and shared with them, some of their many experiences in the design field. They shared inspirational stories and gave the designers’ advices on how they should approach design.
“Be true to yourself. When you create something do it because you like it, because it pleases you and not because of what others would like.“ This certain advice was given by the brothers to the young designers. For the brothers design is not something that is based on just what the market needs but also what message the designer would like to share.
Overall, the Campana brothers’ visit to the Philippines and Manila FAME has truly been inspirational and productive. They have inspired many people with their designs and their insights.
The Campana brothers said that they hope to collaborate with Filipino designers on their future projects and for sure they will be back to visit the Philippines again.
The week of the March 2012 edition of Manila FAME also marked the first Design Week Philippines, a bi-annual week-long event for design, arts, and creativity in the country. In celebration of Design Week Philippines, Manila FAME featured the Walls of Art with the theme “Creative Environment: Street Life.” The Walls depict a distinct graffiti style with elements usually found on the streets of the Metro along with other popular facets of street life in the Philippines.
During Manila FAME, the four Walls of Art were on-going creations throughout the four days of the show. As you walk along the second floor of the SMX Convention Center, you’ll find various street artists working on the walls, paintbrushes is hand with numerous cans of paints by their feet. On a given day, you may even catch one or two artist braving high ladders to paint the upper sections of the Walls.
The artists involved in this project were members of Pilipinas Street Plan, a premier group of street/graffiti artists in the Philippines. They are:
On Manila FAME’s last show day, an audience gathered to witness as Ms. Rosvi C. Gaetos, Executive Director of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions turned over the Walls of Art to the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), represented by Atty. Al S. Vitangcol III. Atty. Vitangcol, a patron of the arts, assured that each Wall will have a place at its new home in the MRT station, remaining whole, intact, and true to what it represents.
Design Week Philippines is a bi-annual week-long national celebration that showcases design, creativity, and talent in the country. The event will be launched on 11 – 17 March 2012 featuring show highlights that aims to promote the Philippines as a design hub of Asia as well as the country’s creative industries through trade exhibitions, festivals, workshops, and conferences.
Along with Manila FAME , show highlights will also include:
• Creative Environment;
• Run for Design;
• Design Forum; and
• Metro Manila Design Festival.