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Young designers highlight local Filipino artistry in innovative furniture

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Interior Design students recently launched a week-long exhibition of functional chairs, coffee, and console tables that utilized different materials at the Ayala Malls, Manila Bay.

Entitled LIKHAYAN: Creatives Supporting Creatives, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) students crafted furniture inspired by other Filipino artists.

The trailblazers gained the opportunity to present their inventions and immerse themselves in real-life experiential learning.

A roster of specialists screened the participants’ entries for the Professional’s Choice Award based on compliance with the application of anthropometrics and ergonomics standards, medium selection, workmanship, and concept translation.

‘Daloy’ takes the third spot for the Professional’s Choice Award

The Alon: Papasan Chair by Abyr Baculi and Phoebe Burce was hailed as the Grand Prize winner. Motivated by painter Justin Velasquez’s Vitamin Sea: Sculpture 16, the sustainable seating composition made of rattan, resin, lazio fabric, and acacia wood provided relaxation while harnessing the beauty of the ocean.

Summit’s Body by Andrea Lopez and Tiffany Lam finished second place. It encompassed the images of photographer Ara Custodio’s themes, such as cycling and everyday life. It used rattan to form the legs that depicted a female body’s curves, while the side parts outlined the wheels of a bike, and a circular glass top represented the camera lens.

Daloy, a table stand by Sharilee Encarnacion and Vannah Diestro landed third. It captured ideas from ceramic maker Rosa Mirasol’s unique pottery shapes. It incorporated gmelina wood for the tabletop and base and metal woven wire mesh for the veil around the sides.

‘Neofluid’ shares the fourth place with ‘Padayon’

Andrea Vistro and Arriana Tupaz’s Neofluid and Shane Gutierrez, Samantha Peralta, and Mara Ramirez’s Padayon shared the fourth spot.

Marahuyo by Marymariz Dario and Abbigail Dimayuga placed fifth. It portrayed visionary Joshua Bon’s photographic outputs, which utilized the depth of light and shadows. The chaise lounge was composed of bamboo and rattan to display the underlying radiance of nature.

Some models that attracted the most votes from guests also received the People’s Choice Award.

Ashley Alcantara and Klara Reyes’ The Vessel Lounge Chair, which captivated the unconventional pottery of artisan EJ Espiritu, was named first in the recognition. It presents a sleek wooden arched backrest and storage beneath the seat.

‘Padayon’ also takes the third spot for the People’s Choice Award

Sylva by Precious Entienza and Mika Hilaga came second. Influenced by visual originator Leeroy New’s biometric forms, it intertwined reclaimed wood base and recycled polyester for efficiency and comfort.

Padayon by Gutierrez, Peralta, and Ramirez was again acknowledged as third.

Iglu, an eco-friendly sofa by Keane Alcazar, Myrrh Arroyo, and Kaela Borbon, clinched fourth. It embodied the stoneware masterpieces by ceramist Lanelle Abueva Fernando.

The Alon: Papasan Chair by Baculi and Burce, and Koral Chair by Iahgail Razon, Mary Mercurio, and Izza Villar secured fifth.

All the students were mentored by educators IDr. Regina Viola Cello-Caboborac, IDr. Justa Lardizabal, IDr. Khammile Manansala, IDr. Angie Lou Padernilla, and IDr. Ed Chelsea Rimando.


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