Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, honors outstanding Filipino designers and companies for their innovative design in response to the global market for quality products, through KATHA Awards.
Given recently at the 63rd Manila FAME at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, the KATHA Awards gives distinction to local designs and encourages Filipino artists to raise their design standards for Philippine export products. Winning a KATHA Award is considered a unique honor in which the designer has pushed the boundaries of creativity and created an original, high quality piece.
KATHA Best Product Design for Furniture was awarded to the Schema console table by Celia Jiao for her company Schema. Inspired by contemporary architecture, Jiao designed the table to feature an angular design in galvanized iron remarkable for its lack of braces or support.
Best Product Design for Home Décor is Vito Selma’s Henesius floor lamp. Resembling stalks of bamboo, the floor lamp incorporates natural elements and is noted for the illusion that no two lights are the same no matter how similar.
Malou Araneta-Romero, designer and creative director of Joanique, garnered the the Best Product Design for Fashion award for her Adlaw necklace and the Buwana clutch bag. Taking inspiration from the famous Masskara Bacolod festival, the pieces resemble the sun and the moon with elements taken from masks. Joanique, taken from the names of her children, was founded in 2011 and has been featured in local and international publications such as Mega, Lifestyle Asia, Vogue UK, Divas Magazine France, Le Mag Paris, and WGSN Paris.
Best Product Design for Holiday Gifts and Décor is went to Monchet Olives’ Casa Mercedes. Her innovative ladies’ fans incorporate current events such as Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe win and the release of the film “Heneral Luna” in a pop art-inspired design. Casa Mercedes has been traditionally crafting fans since 1951 and has served clients such as several Philippine first ladies and Queen Sofia of Spain.
Designer Ito Kish also won the Eco-Design Award for Binhi. Taking inspiration from seeds, Binhi uses bamboo and rattan in its product designs and represents potential and promise of something growing. Kish also won the Best Booth Display award.
Considered Asia’s second longest-running trade show and organized by Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), it featured carefully curated fashion items, holiday gifts and décor, furniture, and home furnishings designed and crafted in the Philippines.