Contemporary Philippine design took center stage as the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export promotions arm, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem), successfully highlighted Philippine design and craftsmanship during the 4th Design Week Philippines.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the SMX Convention Center saw some of the brightest minds in the design industry come together for Design Week Philippines’ Design Talks. Design Talks is a venue for creative inspiration and concept sharing that creates a rippling effect on people and their communities, bridging knowledge-seekers with creative professionals that offer the wisdom of experience and expertise.
The powerhouse lineup of speakers featured Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, who talked about Philippine culture and design; fashion writer Colin McDowell and PR consultant Nikki Rowntree, who explained the dynamics between media and the fashion industry; designers Anon Pairot from Thailand, Eneri Abillar from the Philippines, and Arik Levy from France talked about how industrial design takes cue from everyday life; Ryo Kagami,
Masataka Hosoo, and Toru Tsuji of Japan’s Kyoto 6 shared design as a fusion of traditional and modern practices; and Ole Rauberg of Dedon and world-renowned Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who tackled the business of design.
Still in celebration of design and creativity, entrepreneurs also occupied the premises of the CCP for Design Week Philippines’ first Pop-Up Market. Concept stores including Craft Mnl, CucinaAndare, GT Macoon, Pipino, The Curator, and Yardstick Coffee offered products ranging from handicrafts, comic illustrations, collectible toys, trinkets and specialty food.
Design Week Philippines is a partner event of Manila FAME and DeXign Global Philippines. It is a platform that brings together people from different backgrounds and disciplines through the creative confluence that celebrates design and artistry, while fostering connections between creators and enthusiasts, brings to life the experience to be with the broad spectrum of creativity, and inspires and nurtures minds through sharing knowledge and ideas.
For more information, log on to www.designweekphilippines.com.ph