Interior & Design Manila 2019: Local Resilient Designs Cater to a Culturally Diverse Market
In collaboration with Philippines International Furniture Show (PIFS), Interior & Design Manila (I&DM), the country’s sole exhibit curated for designers and design enthusiasts, unfolded last March 7-9 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, in Pasay City. Summoning the Philippine’s top manufacturers and designers, I&DM sought to immerse local interior designers with the latest trends and updates in the industry particularly by administrating resiliency to their designs.
Patterned after the this year’s theme: Resilience of Design: Future Spaces, organizers of Interior & Design Manila 2019 in partnership with Global-Link Exhibitions Specialist, Inc. (GESI) had ought to instigate the concept of resiliency in design or the intentional construction of buildings, landscapes, and regions in order to respond to natural and man-made disasters and disturbances. This is a timely and trailblazing agenda for designers and considering that the Philippines is prone to natural disasters and extreme weather conditions that put local shelters in danger in cataclysmic times.
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This interior design fair trilogy featured a plethora of local interior brands and materials for designers, purchasers, visitors and business executives of this thriving industry. Interior & Design Manila’s concurrent event, PIFS was responsible for showcasing a myriad of Philippine-made furnishings and local brands that support fair trade and small business owners. Dubbed as the ultimate collaboration of Filipino Collection, this luxurious yet artistic event was a joint effort between some of the top local interior design groups: Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF), Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation (PFIF), and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID).
LOCAL DESIGNS FIT FOR EVERY INTERIOR STYLE
What’s noteworthy in the entirety of Interior & Design Manila’s exhibit is the evident use of locally harvested materials that are very Filipino in nature such as Bamboo, Abaca and Rattan. A selection of eccentric and conventional designs that are a mixed of foreign interior styles but not abandoning the tinge of indigenous roots. Each interior piece displayed in the exhibit possesses an embedded story, representing various cultures and an abundant history which will soon be a part of an establishment or home. Stepping foot inside Interior & Design Manila’s exhibit will transport you to foreign places from the infiniteness of the galaxy all the way to the depths of the ocean.
Interior & Design Manila’s peculiar designs that also hit close to home patently cater to the culturally diverse and all-inclusive market. Apart from its wide assortment of Philippine made bespoke furniture brands and construction materials, designs unveiled in the expo boast qualities that appease to the global audience. A collection of hand crafted traditional English country sofas in Victoria, Chelsea and so forth were amongst that stood out because of their vibrant floral prints. Many of the booths flaunted prominent interior styles encompassing the past, present, and even the future; from vintage and steampunk, modern contemporary and Scandinavian to sustainable and smart designs. In spite of these intercontinental styles originating from distant lands with an unfamiliar history, there was always a hint of familiarity from the local and native materials used one way or another.
The creativity and innovativeness of the locals also shined as seen from the thought-provoking designs displayed during Interior & Design Manila. Filipinos, known for being resilient and resourceful amidst their stressful situations, have earned their reputation for always finding the silver lining in the course of a tragedy. Ashes retrieved from the eruption site of Mt. Pinatubo were used as a medium to create religious relics and other home decorations and trinkets. Various local lighting fixture brands showcased elegant lighting designs dangling from the ceiling, some are made of indigenous materials like rattan for that Spanish-colonial period look and others used LED lighting that mimic celestial bodies that are futuristic in style.
There’s still a long list-of designs that are of particular interest during Interior & Design Manila; the embossed authentic leather couches, Chinoiserie cabinets, Moroccan lighting fixtures and Filipino ornaments proudly from our abundant regions. Construction and renovation materials were also mainly revolutionary and resilient in nature some of which were water and termite resistant wooden flooring, infrared-reflecting paint pigments for a cooler home and high strength concrete. These state-of-the-art and profound designs displayed during the fair were just the tip of the iceberg. The booming industry of interior design still has a lot more to show and offer for an even more avant-garde yet sustainable world.
The realm of interior design is a fast-paced yet, unrestrained industry. Everyone is free to create, to design and to participate for as long the design caters to a more culturally diverse market, never forgetting to also contribute for the sake of the environment.
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