Paper clay vase by Indigenous

Furniture products that highlight the creativity of Filipino designers and artisans are getting noticed on Maisan & Objet and More (MOM) exhibition.

The Cheque bench, a creation of FAME+ exhibitor Zarate, are among the pieces selected as favorites by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa, founders of top Italian design studio Marcante-Testa.

The bench was designed by Jim Zarate-Torres. It is made of powder coated steel and oakwood – a fusion between artificial and natural resources. It comes in orange and mint options. 

Another piece, the three- and five-legged tables by Zacarias1925, in collaboration with designer Migs Rosales, was shortlisted by award-winning creative director Patti Carpenter. The side table features multi-color weaves handwoven by artisans. 

3-legged table: Award-winning creative director Patti Carpenter shortlists the 3- and 5-legged tables by Zacarias1925, in collaboration with designer Migs Rosales

Meanwhile, Nina Tulstrup and Jack Mama, founders of East London multidisciplinary design studio Studiomama, cited the paper clay vase by Indigenous as of their three design and decorative product picks from the MOM platform. The paper clay vase is part of a vessel collection that used abaca and cogon grass with natural starch, resulting in material that’s both solid and lightweight. 

The Sol Side Table by Stonesets International was among pieces selected under “The collector’s mindset.” The Sol Side Table belongs to a collection that offers sleek and unembellished pieces each with contrasting color to slice through the austere form.

Sol Side Table: The Sol Side Table by Stonesets International is among those selected under “The collector’s mindset”

Carefully crafted Filipino designed pieces exhibited at the MOM platform tells a compelling story. This is evidenced by the selection of Hacienda Crafts’ Layag Hanging Lap under the “Creative Stories.” This particular piece tells the story of the fishing villages of Manapla, whose residents learn how to weave fishnets at a young age. The lamp’s concentric rattan rings bound by cotton cord are woven into a hanging lamp and called layag, a Tagalog word for sail.

Layag Hanging Lamp: Hacienda Crafts’ Layag Hanging Lamp makes the cut under “Creating stories.”

CITEM executive director Pauline Suaco-Juan noted that the Philippines participation in trade shows under the new normal, such as the MOM platform, is an ongoing effort to build the agency and its stakeholders’ digital capacities. 

“We’re very excited to be facilitating trade and export, primarily done in the digital space, by providing our partners with the necessary content,” she said.

Led by CITEM, the Philippine participation in MOM is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s fulfillment of its export promotion mandate, supporting and empowering Filipino designers, brands, and micro, small, and medium enterprises.