Kenneth Cobonpue, Philippines
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.