"Reflections" for Filipino craftsmanship and design at #PIFS on March 8-10
The first thing that comes to mind if you are a fan of wood furniture is the work of Wood artist Osmundo Esguerra who unfortunately passed away last year. When I saw his creation (the aparador and bowls) in one of the exhibits I attended 2 years ago. I became a fan and wanted to own one of those intricately design pieces. Now that PIFS (Philippines International Furniture Show) has an incoming event on March. PIFS will give a tribute to the late Osmundo Esguerra and will showcase his crafts during the trade fair.
The Philippines International Furniture Show recently held a pre-furniture/decor peek event last Feb 21 at Ronac Magallanes. There are some interesting and cute masterpieces which has caught my eye. I have my personal favorites from exhibitors Venzon Lighting, the Chandelier made with capiz and the Behalf clock, the simple Anne Chair from Pacific Traders and the puppies decor/display from Feliix . They are so beautiful.
If you are looking for some hard to find pieces, then its time to block your calendar on March 8-10 at the SMX Convention Center, MOA.
The Philippines International Furniture Show (known to some simply as PIFS) is one of Southeast Asia’s premier trade fairs, offering an extensive range of furniture products, accessories, and decor. It is jointly organized by the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation Inc. (CFlF), the Chamber of Furniture industries of the Philippines (CFIP), and the Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation (PFlF) and will be held on March 8 to 10 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex. Visitors are encouraged to register online at www.pifs.ph to get a free 1-day pass.
“We see PIFS as the ultimate collaboration of Filipino Collection. It is where we show the world the ingenuity of our local manufacturers and designers, how we interpret the latest industry trends, and in many cases, take the lead in design innovation,” said Eduardo Zuluaga, overall event chairman of PIFS and President of Chamber of Furniture lndustries of the Philippines.
Keeping true to its form as the “Milan of Asia”, the Philippines has a strong reputation for originality and new, often ground breaking, interpretation. That’s why PIFS continues to attract buyers who want to see first-hand what Filipino design and craftsmanship has to offer. They come from countries as far as the United States of America, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, and India.
“This year, we decided on portraying different kinds of lifestyles with our featured furniture pieces, furnishings, and fixtures,” says lna Gaston, Event Chair for the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation lnc. “And that‘s how we came up with this year‘s theme of Reflections. Every day, each person we interact with, every place we go to, the pieces define the lifestyle and way of living,” Gaston adds.
PIFS proves to be the ultimate furniture lifestyle event fit for all design and furniture enthusiasts.
As a show feature, PIFS will bring light to one of the most respected hardwood artists and furniture designer in the country. Osmundo Esguerra, a self-made furniture maker, has made a name for himself by having a distinct style and approach in handling indigenous wood. His crafts reflect his natural creativity and ingenuity, celebrating the true Filipino craftsmanship. ln commemoration of his artistry, PIFS will be doing a special tribute to showcase a number of pieces by Esguerra during the show.
Some of the returning exhibitors who will feature their latest creations at the show include Aerostone lnc., Azcor, Betis Crafts lnc., Calfurn Manufacturing Phils., lnc., Cancio Contract Furniture, Carpetworld Manufacturing Corporation, Cmc Lighting De Arte lnc., Coast Pacihc Mfg. Corp., E. Murio lnc.. Fashion Interiors Furniture Philippines lnc., Feliix, Inc., Filipino Creazione De Mano, lnc., Furniture Doctor Trading. Hacienda Crafts Company, lnc., Home Mavericks, lnc., Jb Woodcraft, Inc., Spring Artisanal Furnishings (Trading As Liza Tazewell Designs), Mehitabel lnc., Muitiflex RNC Philippines lnc., Natures Legacy Eximport, lnc., Obra Cebuana, lnc., Ohmm Furniture Mfg. lnc., Pacific Traders & Manufacturing Corporation, Philiana Design, South Sea Veneer Corporation, Stonesets international, Testex Swiss Textile Ltd., Tumandok Crafts Industries, Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, Vito Selma, Weave Manila, lnc., and Wood Classics Enterprise.
Branded as the ultimate design event, PIFS will once again be held alongside the Interior & Design Manila, the most sought-after event for architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts. Stimulating and interactive activities are conducted for young professionals namely Interior Design Plus, Interior Design Excellence Award Pavilion and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Conference where known personalities in the industry, local and international, are invited to share knowledge on their field of expertise.
Last year, PIFS reached another record breaking 11,453 in visitor count and 40% of which were trade buyers from 32 different countries across the world.
For more information about the show, visit website and pre-register at www.pifs.ph and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @PIFS_Manila.