Visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso, considered as one of the most promising innovators of his generation, plays with minimalism and linear art that gives his work a clean yet functional look
A Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Philippines, Jinggoy has proven his potential with solo exhibitions in New York, Singapore and Manila. He currently divides his time between Singapore and Manila.
“I’m helping (at) the grassroots level of the furniture industry to uplift (the SMEs’) design and marketing ability,” Jinggoy says, explaining further that he wants to contribute as much as possible to further develop the industry. He reveals that the work he has been doing is challenging, even stressful, but he stresses, “I accept it because I have a vision for the Philippine furniture industry and because I love my country.
Val Padilla perfected his craft as an industrial designer while working for the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines (PDDCP), a technical agency of the Department of Trade and Industry mandated to increase the quality and competitiveness of Philippine products through product design, and collaborating with international design and marketing experts such as Philip Cutler, Gerd Schuessler, Frank Sander, Chye Oshima, and Paula Navone.
Val left PDDCP and worked as a freelance design consultant and has since successfully developed designs for Locsin International and Padua International. Both companies are known for their world-class furniture and top-of-the-line design.
Val conceptualizes his designs by paying close attention to design trend forecasts, doing intensive research, consulting design magazines and collecting materials from foreign merchandisers. “Getting inspiration requires hard work,” he points out.
He readily said yes to the opportunity to work with other designers for the October 2012 edition of Manila FAME, saying, “I am happy to serve (my) country in any way possible.
Rey Soliven draws inspiration from the different countries he has visited and the different cultures he has experienced. His deep appreciation of cultural nuance and craftsmanship and his understanding of the international market gives him an edge in designing furniture, home decor, holiday accents, fashion accessories and space. “My knowledge comes from different colors, faces, taste, architecture, crafts, the textures of life and people’s smiles,” says Rey.
Rey honed his multifunctional design skills at the PDDCP after he graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the oldest university in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas, which was established in 1611 by Spanish clergy and named after the Dominican theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas. Rey, as a PDDCP designer, collaborated with Manila FAME organizer, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), for several editions of the show and even bagged the “Most Promising Young Filipino Designer” award in 1994.
“It has always been a great pleasure and a personal pride to be one of the designers for Manila FAME. But more than anything else, it is a perfect opportunity to showcase the new design developments we are coming up with as a collaborative result with manufacturers,” says Rey.
Jinggoy, Val, and Rey are two of the many designers to watch out for at Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event, the Manila FAME 2012 October edition which will be held on 17-20 October 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila Philippines. Anchored to the theme “The Art of the Craftsman = The Soul of the Philippines,” their designs will showcase the country’s abundance of natural and indigenous materials.