Our lives happen around furniture. Every day, we are supported by sofas, coffee tables, bed frames, and dressers, often without appreciation to the people who made them. In this article, Tatler acknowledges a few of the many talented Filipinos who design furniture in the most creative way.
1. Kenneth Cobonpue
The name Kenneth Cobonpue is known in the furniture designing scene worldwide. His remarkable style and variety of rattan, bamboo, and abaca creations have received numerous recognitions and praises from Hollywood stars and design institutions in Asia.
Few of the awards he received were Hong Kong's Design for Asia Award, the Japan Good Design Award, the American Society of Interior Designers Selection, the French Coup de Coeur Award, and the first Asian Designer of the Year title given by the Maison et Objet in Paris.
In a Rappler interview, Cobonpue shared how honoured he is to bring Filipino craftsmanship to the global stage. “What I do is always a testament to Filipino craftsmanship. Not many young people do it now, but this is a tradition that we should be proud of. This is something passed on from one generation to another."