In many ways, the realms of design, architecture, and sustainability remain intrinsically tied. Such is the belief of Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez, managing director of homegrown furniture brand Philux, newly minted author, and recently recognised Changemaker in the third episode of Smart Infinity’s TV documentary series, Infinite Legacies. Together with her sister Jessica Kienle Maxwell, Gonzalez zestfully leads the creative direction of their family-owned business, nurturing a virtuous passion for Filipino craftsmanship and design through and through.
Describing Philux’s pieces as a thoughtful layering of form, function, and sentiment, Gonzalez relayed, “Our purpose is really to develop and share conscious and finely crafted Filipino designs for every home and hope that it is passed on from generation to generation.” Thus, the idea of a circular economy is deeply rooted in every step of production at Philux, from the inspired design process taken alongside other local artisans and world-renowned creatives to the painstaking selection of materials utilised in each piece of furniture.
“We do our best to source ethically and so all our solid wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests,” Gonzalez shared. Certified by the international Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), this FSC-labelled wood helps to ensure that Philux’s every creation is not only aesthetically beautiful but also notably practical, durable, and sustainably sound.