Ken­neth Cobon­pue, Philip­pines

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Dubbed ‘rat­tan’s first vir­tu­oso’ by the me­dia, Ken­neth Cobon­pue’s award-win­ning fur­ni­ture de­signs have ap­peared in films such as To­tal Re­call and Ocean’s Thir­teen, and mu­sic videos like Ma­roon 5’s Never Gonna Leave this Bed. Celebri­ties and roy­alty love his fur­nish­ings

– the 50-year-old Cebu na­tive counts Queen Ra­nia of Jor­dan, Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie as fans. The for­mer celebrity cou­ple fa­mously pur­chased Cobon­pue’s Voy­age Bed – it re­sem­bles a pa­pyrus and reed boat – for their son, Mad­dox. Cobon­pue’s early col­lec­tions in­cor­po­rated mostly nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als sourced from the Philip­pines, such as bam­boo, rat­tan, abaca, palms and sea grasses. How­ever, his de­signs have since evolved to in­clude more tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced ma­te­ri­als like car­bon fibre. Whether us­ing rus­tic or mod­ern ma­te­ri­als, a com­mon thread runs through all his cre­ations: they show­case a high level of crafts­man­ship. In­trin­si­cally Asian yet im­pec­ca­bly fresh and con­tem­po­rary, the Bloom chair – one of his most well-known fur­ni­ture pieces – is in­spired by the hi­bis­cus flower. Hand­made with mi­crofi­bre, the frond­like lounge chair is com­posed of hun­dreds of fine run­ning stitches that ra­di­ate from the cen­tre of the seat.

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