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A ART WHEN MEETS HOME DESIGN
only good things can happen when Philippine national Artist BenCab and moooi Carpets, a division of the moooi brand founded by dutch design superstar marcel wanders, get together. moooi, represented locally by Abitare internationale, approached BenCab to participate in this special project to mark its 20th anniversary. Having celebrated 50 years of his own creative output in 2015, BenCab drew from his existing body of work and chose from his iconic sabel and Larawan series that, he felt, “somehow came naturally,” and were the “best fit for the medium.” The BenCab + moooi Carpets collaboration is a collection of eight limited edition artworks executed with only eight pieces per design. Abitare Internazionale, Crown Tower, 107 H.V. dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, 892.1889.
B WHO’S SHINING YOUR BACCARAT CRYSTAL THESE DAYS?
At Manhattan’s Baccarat Hotel, which handles $100,000 worth of crystal a day, the task of cleaning falls to four “glass attendants.” If you’re more into DIY, follow the maker’s instructions: fine crystal can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but it requires high-alkaline detergent, 138°f water for washing, and 183°f for rinsing. Afterward, wipe with a pure cotton cloth, then hold up to the light to ensure that there are no spots. And repeat. Opening soon at Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
C CHESTERfIELD THERE IS NOTHING LIkE A CLASSIC
With an emphasis on tradition and elegance, contemporary furniture maker Poltrona frau introduces its plush Chester Line sofa. The three-piece couch can be configured in a number of different ways to fit any living space. Tufted Pelle frau leather upholstery can be mixed and matched with the Poltrona frau fabrics for the goose down cushion. Furnitalia, Crescent Park West, 30th Street corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, 819.1887.
D Design for gooD in the WorLD of desIgn, tWo CoMPAnies anchor theIr values on huMAnity AnD the envIronment. SOCIAL pErSpECtIvE
on his website, Belgian designer sep Verboom (boomin.be) explains his chosen handle, Boomin sep. in his native tongue, “boom in” means “to do things differently, without restrictions.” Verboom has certainly been trying to live up to that. for his postgraduate thesis on sustainable development, Verboom spent six months in Cebu in 2012. in the southern province, he initiated two projects. Verboom worked with the shipyard communities to teach them how to gather, clean, and prepare discarded ropes for reuse. The Belgian also explored the province’s junkyards to develop a line of small furniture and lighting fixtures made with recycled electric fan grills.
since then, Verboom’s growing portfolio displays his expansive range in terms of the materials he uses and the products he creates. The electric fan grills have been used for a line of lamps, mirrors, stools, and trays. The ropes debuted at salone del Mobile in its reincarnation as hand-woven carpets, a collaborative project with Belgian brand Papilio. The same ropes are part of a mesmerizing collection of mirrors, still awaiting mass production.
While he has gained multiple accolades and extensive media play abroad, it is ironic that his products are not widely known or sold in the Philippines. There are plans of launching some of his collections, and hopefully that comes to fruition soon. Verboom has given so much to Philippine communities. Perhaps it is time for us to return the favor.
interface is the world’s biggest manufacturer of carpet tiles. Through the years, the company has refined its vision to include not just sustainability, but also the empowerment of communities. “By 2011, interface was using yarn derived from commercial fishing nets made by our yarn supplier, Aquafil. Thinking that artisanal fishing communities might be an untapped source of nets and seeing the opportunity to do this in a way that could empower communities led to interface renewing its interest in creating an inclusive business supply chain,” Jon Khoo, interface’s innovation partner, explains.
The idea was further explored through meetings with marine conservationists and polymer experts, and net-works was born out of this, a joint venture between interface and the Zoological society of London. At the core of this project is nylon 6, a material widely used in the production of fishing nets which, according to Khoo, is “exactly the same material that we use in on our products—it’s very durable, allows for great design, and is recyclable.”
interface and net-work searched for the perfect site for its pilot project—a country with, Khoo explains, “significant marine plastic waste issue, had fishing communities that we felt we could empower through access to finance, and where ZsL felt there were marine conservation challenges that net-Works could help tackle.” Danajon Bank in Cebu fit the bill with its plastic waste and poor fishing communities. Also, there was an opportunity to protect the natural surroundings, with its mangroves and coral reefs threatened by global warming and over-development.
starting in 2012, the area’s communities have been collecting discarded and end-of-life fishing nets which are cleaned, packed, and shipped to Aquafil in italy for recycling. net-works set up their own banks run by community members. “The banks are similar to co-operatives, a model focused on financial inclusion,” Khoo said. Through the banks, the communities can open their own accounts and even take out small loans. net-works has now expanded to Bantayan, also in Cebu, as well as coastal villages in iloilo. Cameroon was recently added to its list of project sites. in the coming years, interface, together with net-works, aims to spread a new corporate gospel anchored on the values of sustainability, environmental activism, and inclusivity. Interface.com. DEvI DE vEyrA
E EXECUTIVE CLASS MOGUL BY GIORGETTI
The Mogul writing desk by giorgetti is meticulously crafted from solid walnut canaletto wood and equipped with leather and glass inserts. The synergy between the desk and the baron armchair serves as the perfect working environment for any executive. The desk chair can either be fixed or have a swivel seat. it is also available with four legs or with a five-wheel revolving base. Furnitalia.
F IT’S FILIPINOALL ABOUT DESIGN.
Everyone knows what’s happening in the Philippines right now. great design! (What were you thinking about?) For those who haven’t made the trek to Manila, here are three artisans to watch. Furniture designer ito Kish launched his eponymous collection in 2012. The
F FIT FOR A KING
a modern iteration of a classic vintage style, the aftereight chair by Natuzzi adds a sense of comfort, warmth, and calm to any room. available in fabric upholstery and leather, the chair is a chameleon of sorts, taking on distinct personalities in every different execution. MOS Design, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 856.2789. basilisa bench (above) highlights Philippine form, featuring five unique rattan weaves from various regions around the archipelago. t’nalak is an indigenous woven textile made from abaca fibers that is handcrafted by the women of the t’boli tribe in the southern Philippines using a centuries-old technique. The traditional colorway is red, black, and cream, though Holland & sherry offers the weave in poppier shades. Jewelmer, founded by a French pearl farmer and a Philippine businessman in 1979, is the world’s largest producer of the golden south sea pearl (also known as the Philippine pearl). While its sought-after pieces mix high jewelry techniques with Filipino artistry, the company’s work on protecting and conserving Philippine coastal communities is what puts it a cut above.
G GREEN IS GOOD.
From botanical green Foo Dog porcelain jars in their traditional classic form to mood lighting such as the elegant Madylin glass lamp and the Yla pendant light with its antiqued brass hardware and enamel cover, green is the way to go at Ethan Allen to add a new dimension to your home. Focus Global, Twenty-Four Seven McKinley Building, 24th Street corner 7th Avenue McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, 705.9999.
H HONG KONG IS HAPPENING.
It should come as no surprise that good design is where it’s at in a cosmopolitan center like Hong Kong. Set to open in late 2017, the Murray Building, one of the city’s emblematic landmarks and designed by British modernist Ron Phillips, will be transformed by Foster + Partners into an luxury hotel, The Murray, and will be operated by Niccolo Hotels. “With the Murray Building—an outstanding example of 1970s Hong Kong architecture—we have been able to reconnect an important civic landmark with the city,” says Luke Fox, senior executive partner and head of studio at Foster + Partners. “This project draws on key areas of our expertise in urbanism, architecture, and interiors, and our design will breathe new life into this classic Hong Kong building by creating a unique hotel and leisure destination for international visitors and locals to enjoy.”
High design can also be found at the Michelin-rated Tate Dining Room and Bar. Owned and operated by Vicky Lau, Asia’s Best Female Chef for 2015 as awarded by S. Pellegrino, the space was given new life by Filipino architect J.J. Acuña. Located in the foodie neighborhood of Sheung Wan, the overall atmosphere is created from a palette of whites, nudes, and pinks, mixed with brass and greens.
I ICONS UPDATE
fontana Arte draws upon its archives and releases updated versions of 20th century lighting classics. Lucem, Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
J JENS CHAIRS BY ANTONIO CITTERIO FOR B&B
Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio continues his work with b&b Italia in this latest collection of modern chairs. Jens was influenced by the classic designs of Chinese furniture dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The collection of chairs is lauded for the elegant blend of wood and black leather. Focus Global.
K KEN FULK AT KIPS BAY WITH DE GOURNAY
together with american designer Ken Fulk, de Gournay, the British decorative company specializing in custom wall coverings, fabric, and porcelain, recently created a custom wallpaper for the Kips Bay decorator show house in New york City earlier this year, combining landscapes from two of de Gournay’s scenic layouts L’Eden and English Landscape with a menagerie of animals from the city’s zoo. Based on a fictional tale imagined by Fulk, “Madame’s Magical Menagerie,” is filled with exotic animals that have escaped from a nearby zoo and have found a new home in the Madame’s lush backyard, providing entertainment for her lavish and much talked about dinner parties. The handpainted panels with their carefully depicted scenes conjure up a stylish fantasy world of a time gone by. Elements Fine Furnishing Fabrics, 2322 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati, 889.8872.
Look Up With its creative, contemporary designs, Barovier & toso is giving more reason to create heightened focal points in every room.
GrEAtESt hItS Among Bencab’s most famous works are paintings from his Sabel and Larawan series. t&c
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NEwSwOrthy pIECES From top: hOLLAND & ShErry Fabric, holland andsherry.com; ItO kISh bench, itokish.com; JEwELmEr pearl bracelet, Jewelmer.com
NAturAL SELECtION From top: Foo Dog jars, Madylin table lamps, and wyla hood pendant lamp from Ethan Allen.
truLy COSMOpOLItAN Clockwise: Architectural renderings of the Murray Building façade, bathroom, and lobby. Below: the tate Dining room and Bar.
1. Bilia by Gio ponti, 1932 2. Giova by Gae Aulenti, 1964 3. Luminator by pietro Chiesa, 1932 4. Naska, historical Archive Fontana Arte, 1933 5. Nobi by Metis Lighting, 1992 6. uovo, historical Archive Fontana Arte, 1972 4