Internationally-acclaimed industrial designer Stanley Ruiz returns to Manila FAME Boutique Edition on April 21 to 26, at the World Trade Center Manila, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.
A featured designer in last month’s MAISON&OBJET Asia, a prestigious international trade show featuring front-line interior design concepts, Ruiz is collaborating for Manila FAME with 10 exhibitors from Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Negros Occidental, and Metro Manila to develop functional, stylish, and commercially viable lighting products, using modern-day post-industrial design and Philippine heritage themes
Ruiz has also designed light and home accent pieces to complement Spring Forward special setting by designers Nina Santamaria and Ito Kish. The setting will showcase the three designers’ products, along with several Filipino manufacturers’ finely crafted seasonal indoor and outdoor home collections.
Drawing inspiration from everyday life, local industries and materials, and nature, Ruiz transforms these into clever and exceptional design patterns. Today, Ruiz is an internationally awarded designer with his own company, the Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy. Among the awards he has received include being listed by New York-based Surface Magazine as one of the Avant Guardians of 2010, getting the Bronze Award at the A’ Design Awards in Italy in 2013, and receiving the Outstanding Asia Talents award at the Bangkok International Gift Fair in 2014.
In spite of his accomplishments in the global design scene, Stanley continues to return to Manila FAME. “I love Manila FAME because this is the venue for local companies to show their prowess. It’s actually a showcase of real industry—what our resources are, who we are as a people, and what our crafts are all about, which are basically part of our culture,” he said.
Ruiz has been participating in Manila FAME for six editions now as a product specialist, creating designs for Philippine manufacturers under the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions’ (CITEM) Design for Exports Program, which aims to assist Philippine manufacturers in creating globally competitive products with design support from some of the country’s top design experts.
At the October show edition of Manila FAME last year, Stanley worked with Filipino visual artist and sculptor Jinggoy Buensuceso and Philippine-based Japanese designer Wataru Sakuma to create the northern lights-inspired installation titled, Aurora—A Light Imprint. Inspired by the ‘Aurora Borealis,’ the dreamy natural lights spectacle in the northern hemisphere, the ingenious display was made of over 20,000 chain-linked colorful glow sticks hanging from the ceiling.