Modern design is sprouting in the Philippines
The island nation is a source for natural materials—wood, bamboo, rattan, stone and more—coveted by designers from around the world. But the island nation is also home to innovative young designers and architects often inspired by their natural surroundings. From Makati’s Joseph Rastrullo to Kenneth Cobonpue, who lives on Cebu, organic forms drawn from nature and Filipino culture infuse furniture, art pieces and lighting. Whimsy, multi-functionality and expressing the client’s message are just some of the elements driving and informing the work of Ito Kish, Vito Selma, Royal Pineda, Budji Layug, Jim Torres and others.