Dubbed as “The Design and Lifestyle Event”, Manila FAME is one of the longest running trade shows in the Philippines, featuring the latest trends in furniture, home accessories, gift items, holiday decor, and fashion.
Manila FAME stands for Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers’ Exchange. Organized by the Center for International Trade, Expositions and Missions (CITEM)–DTI’s export promotions arm–it aims to put the spotlight on Philippine design, creativity and artistry, and introduce our country as the next emerging design hub in Asia.
Manila FAME is only one of several events that are planned for Design Week–a week-long, bi-annual national celebration showcasing Filipino craftsmanship and talent. Being a lover of local art and design, I knew this was an event that was not to be passed up. After a quick text to my partner-in-crime, M, plans were finalized to visit Manila FAME early Saturday morning :).
Upon our arrival at SMX, M and I decided on a strategy to tackle the massive expo area, and to maximize our Manila FAME experience. According to accounts from friends who had already been to the expo, the ground floor was where all the furniture suppliers were located, while the second floor housed the home accessories, gift items and fashion booths. Since we only had a couple of hours to spare, and since we were not really in the market to buy any furniture, we decided to start with the second floor.
As we stepped off the elevator, this was one of the several murals that greeted us. Rendered grafitti-style, I thought it was very quirky and creative :). Instant inspiration!!! It immediately put me in a good mood, and I took it as a sign of all that was yet to come–that M and I were in for one really great experience!!!
Unfortunately, while M and I really intended to blog about our Manila FAME experience, many suppliers did not allow us to take photographs :(. We did, however, manage to capture a few snippets of the gift items, furniture, and some of the home accessories…here they are! View and drool…hahaha!
M and I immediately fell in love with these papers from TADECO of Davao. Made out of banana fibers, they are perfect for gift wrapping! And you know how much I loooove wrapping paper :). Hahaha! But sadly, because we were at Manila FAME on the last day, we could only purchase a couple of pieces of the designs we liked. The rest were sold out :(. On the bright side, it is possible to order them from Davao. M and I were thinking we may just do that!
TADECO had another booth in the show, this time featuring other types of home furnishings made from local materials. I was particularly drawn to this hanging lamp. I loved the drama and impact of this piece! It’s the type of item that immediately draws attention, but not in a negative way. Too bad my home is quite tiny, and a lamp of this size would definitely not be given the space it deserves.
Budgi Layug and Kenneth Cobonpue’s collaboration in this showcase called DEXIGN was one of the expo’s highlights. I love love love the work of these two artists, and I feel both proud and lucky to own some of their furniture pieces :). Seeing their new designs, however, made me want to redecorate my entire apartment! Hahaha!
Here are pictures of Kenneth’s (eeh, close!) booth…
I just love how clean his lines are! Each of his pieces are like a work of art–so simple, yet the design reflects such high taste and quality :).
Another booth I enjoyed very much was Masaeco. From afar, this is how it looked like (left photograph)…
Up close (photograph on the right), this is how the pattern looked. I was immediately enamoured when I saw it. *Sigh* How I would looooooove to have walls that look like this in my apartment!!! What amazed me about this is that it is simply made out of paper! It can be used to dress up walls as cascading panels, or it can also be framed into artwork!!!
Another inspiring and drool-worthy booth was the one selling Inabel from Ilocos.
Abel Iloko, as it is traditionally known, is the art of weaving that hails from the Ilocos region. In this art form, a loom is used to create designs on a cloth that is then turned into clothing or blankets.
I love how they are starting to expand and modernize the uses of Inabel cloth to other items such as these lampshades. Aren’t they purdy?
I seriously wanted to go home with an inabel tablecloth, or any inabel item for that matter :). However, I didn’t realize how expensive these things were! The tablecloth I wanted cost about 10 grand!!! Oh my :(! Unfortunately, I knew that this would cause the H to raise an eyebrow so I sadly left the booth emptyhanded :(. Oh well :(.
As you can probably tell by now, Manila FAME was truly an awe-inspiring experience that both M and I enjoyed! It is truly a celebration of the Filipino’s talent, creativity and ingenuity! Both M and I felt really proud albeit a bit wistful that many of these wonderful products were not available to us locally, as most of them were for export only.
In my next post, I’ll show you guys some of the other featured sections in Manila FAME. Stay tuned!