FAME and Furniture

26 november 2013 / design / words alice davis

The Philippine’s most prestigious design and lifestyle event returned for its twice-yearly stint this October. Here are three designers who marry craftsmanship with design.


Vito Selma


True to form, Vito Selma embraces the natural world, introducing a range of new products that capture his brand’s signature while developing the evolution of its aesthetic. A desk and chair named Bolt, slightly abstract in shape, has a thoroughly modern look that nevertheless relates back to a juxtaposition of paper with wood. The joints are held together with bolts carved from wood. A coffee table and light shade in the Constella collection are inspired by the stars and the chaotic nature of their existence. Fragments fly away and their form becomes imperfect, and that’s represented in these pieces. Meanwhile, Theo is a coffee table with a base that imitates bundles of sticks, which can be bent and folded into a variety of shapes.





Jude Tiotuico has quietly and confidently been building quite reputation in the Philippines and beyond. The designer came a little later in his career to furniture design, but with that he has also developed a quite unique aesthetic and a more contemporary look than some other designers at Manila FAME. With Industria, Tiotuico offers a stylish, modern line of black iron and steel furniture, lighting and accent pieces. His work is about texture, finishing, shapes and presentation – and being recognizably Industria is important to him. For Tiotucio, each furniture piece has to communicate with the wider product range.


Ito Kish 



Ito Kish launched two complementary new series in Manila, his Bell Jar Busilak Lamps and his Liwanag (or “Light”) Bench and Vase. The bell jar lamps are like a refined interpretation of those once ubiquitous snow globes. Each bell jar captures an adorable miniature scene – a bird on a rock, a bouquet of roses in a vase, a bundle of colored pencils – illuminated from a light source below. The outdoor bench and vases feature an acrylic panel decorated with Philippine-inspired illustrations. The panel slots into place, creating a window through which light may pass.

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