The Designers' Holiday Bazaar is the time to gather over the best of Filipino craft
To tag a piece—an artwork, a gown, or a nuance in a melody—as Filipino is to trust your intuition. Indeed, in the upcoming Designers' Holiday Bazaar to be held at The Gallery of Greenbelt 5 from November 10 to 16, and then from December 1 to 9, Filipino craftsmanship is easy to spot. In the assembly of paper, plant, and patterns, look forward to these artists who have remodeled their native roots into statement pieces for the home.
Tes Pasola, woman of the paper
Manila-born paper artist, Tes Pasola heads her 40-year-old company, Mind Masters Inc., and the TESP Draft Hub, a company that handles her space styling and graphic design projects. With her, paper transforms from a flat surface used for drawing to three-dimensional shapes. Pasola bridges art and function with a vision to arrest her audience.
Renato Vidal, farmer of possibilities
Renato Vidal of First Binhi—a Philippine-based company that manufactures baskets, topiaries, ornaments, and furniture made from a variety of ferns, grasses, vines, twigs, fibers, and barks—was led to the path of crafts when life threw a curveball and he found his calling. From an interest in collecting stamps when he was a boy, Vidal developed a deep passion for producing concrete work that evokes the landscape of his childhood. Labo, Camarines Norte, is realized in the reoccurring lines and details of his works.
Milo Naval, champion designer of the planet
Milo Naval is conscious of the times. In an age where the world needs our help, his bespoke pieces recreate fallen narra leaves, soda bottle crowns and caps, and corrugated boards into workable materials for tables, sofas, and chair sets. His current collection will be another set of hospitality furniture inspired by tropical island living.
Maricris Brias, heroine of history
Through her unique craft, Maricris Brias gives voice to silenced ethnic tribes, and re-positions them in our mental maps. Brias was inspired to found a weaving center that aims to preserve local weaving. Her works are peppered with patterns that evoke native sceneries and natural landmarks. She also works with t'nalak cloth to create some of her distinct pieces.
Randy Viray, woodsmith
Wood tends to look old-fashioned, but Randy Viray's genius shows in how he makes it modern. Owner of Triboa Bay Living, he works with various types of wood like mahogany, American white ash, and old wood to bring his design to life. Viray's work is characterized by straight lines, although rebellious patterns like hypnotizing ripples are a pleasant diversion.