The future of Filipino design

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Filipino designers had proven to be innovative, intuitive, and connected to both the world and their origins, with creations and collections spicing up showrooms and living spaces around the world.

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In the recently concluded Philippines International Furniture Show 2016, their beautiful pieces for the home that marry inspiration, form and function were celebrated. Their talented roster of designers and manufacturers presented well-curated collections, with signature pieces that embody their unique style.

 Opening PiFS 2016 are (from left): department of Trade & bureau of export & Trade director Senen Perlada, Philippine institute of interior designers President James Jao, former congressman Harry angping and Philippine  exporters confederation President Sergio Ortiz –luis

Opening PiFS 2016 are (from left): department of Trade & bureau of export & Trade director Senen Perlada, Philippine institute of interior designers President James Jao, former congressman Harry angping and Philippine exporters confederation President Sergio Ortiz –luis

Gathering of artists, gathering of minds
In addition to highlighting local talents through the exhibition, the PIFS also served a more noteworthy purpose. The country’s most important furniture manufacturing associations—the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation Inc. (CFIF), the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), and the Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation (PFIF) — organized an ongoing educational program for their members, which brings international experts to the Philippines who will share their knowledge of the current global industry

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The various products showcased by local furniture designers and producers at the PiFS 2016

It is a program developed by industry members in support of its partners, to further existing projects, nourish creativity and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, it aims to encourage the sustainability of design in the Philippines.

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This year, Daniel Levine of Avant Guide Institute, a leading trend specialist based in New York, addressed the industry on the subject of global preferences. Through his participative presentations, the members identified how their product could be further developed to meet upcoming market requirements.

PIFS was held alongside Interior and Design Manila (IDM) 2016 for the first time. It brought together the top brands in fixtures, fittings and furnishings at Interior Design Plus; showcased the newest concepts and ideas by 10 select professional Interior Designers in the Interior Design Excellence Award Pavilion; and hosted a two-day Continuing Professional Development Conference for PIID member and a workshop on Materials Application.

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