Manila FAME, the pioneering trade show in Asia, presented by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), is exhibiting carefully curated furniture, home furnishing, fashion items, holiday gifts and décor—all products of the ingenuity and creativity of the Filipino designers, craftsmen and artisans—anew this 2016.
Themed “Iridescence,” which captures the color and vibrancy of Manila FAME, the 2016 Manila FAME boutique edition—featuring a tighter-curated list of exhibitors for a more exclusive feel—is slated on April 21 to 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The trade show will also stage two unique features that will highlight the works of two notable Filipino perso nalities notable in their respective artistic fields.
“Spring Forward’ will feature the work of Ito Kish that take inspiration from the season of spring, for both indoor and outdoor home décor and accessories.
Kish has been constantly featured in local and international design trade shows, among them the Philippine International Furniture Show and Maison et Objet Asia in Singapore in 2015. Kish has also won awards, including an Asia Talents award given by Interni Magazine Thailand and a Katha Award for Best Product Design at the October
2014 edition of Manila FAME. His designs have also been featured in magazines and publications such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest Italia, Erablago Russia, Home Journal Hong Kong, and Habitus Australia. Kish has 25 years of experience in the field of visual merchandising. He was behind the success of Urban Effects during its early years, afterwhich he established his own brand KISH, showcasing his unique designs and rendering design consultancy for residential and commercial spaces.
Veteran curator Marian Pastor-Roces, meanwhile, is the genius behind “Y’ARI,” a new Manila FAME feature which will present a careful selection of village artisans and designers working together to co-create high-end, limited production bespoke products.
Roces, the brain behind TAO Inc.—an agency specializing in museum and exhibition curatorship and development—enjoys recognition and respect as a critical commentator in the international contemporary art, museology and cultural theory communities. Her lectures and analyses published worldwide, including a major essay, which develops her critique of international art exhibitions published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (2005) and Bergen Kusthalle, Norway (2010). She has also been a recipient of a €50,000 grant by the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands and an Asian Leaders fellowship awarded by the Japan Foundation and International House.