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Arts Culture On Spotlight: Filipino Design Masterpieces at New York City

On Spotlight: Filipino Design Masterpieces at New York City

On Spotlight: Filipino Design Masterpieces at New York City
By Philippine Tatler
September 11, 2015

Alongside the Philippine Gold exhibition at the Asia Society Museum in New York, top Filipino designers showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage through world-class craftsmanship.

Filipino culture, craftsmanship, and artistry are on spotlight spotlight this September until January 2016 at the Asia Society Museum New York as Filipino designers showcase their exclusive collections alongside the Philippine Gold exhibition. Entitled “Filipino Design Now,” the exhibition provides an opportunity to experience the rich culture and heritage of the country. This momentous collaboration of top Filipino designers promote appreciation of and inspiring pride in Filipino design, material, and craftsmanship.

Co-conceptualised by Asia Society and Filipino jewellery designer Federico de Vera, the designer showcase features uniquely Filipino creations like home textiles, jewellery, home accents, apparel, accessories, among others. Guests would be able to see some items by Jewelmer Joaillerie as well as works of Maricris Brias, Lenora Cabili, Federico de Vera, Ian Giron, Natalya Lagdameo, Josie Natori, Tina Ocampo, Wynn Wynn Ong, Anne Marie Saguil, Ditta Sandico, Rafe Totengco, Bea Valdes, and Al Valenciano.

Home textiles

Maricris Brias and her local artisans are committed to reviving the native artistry of Mindanao's ethnic tribes, manufacturing textiles and home accents created from local abaca and banana fiber, handwoven exclusively by T'boli and Mandaya natives.


Lenora Cabili's designs are inspired by tradition, mixing the past with present, creating unique garments that incorporate ancient techniques of weaving, embroidery and bead work from indigenous Filipino groups.

Home Accents

Ian Giron creates home accents using coconut shell as his base and combining traditional methods of sanding and bleaching before applying gold leaf to achieve colour and patina, a process that has been widely used in Asia for thousands of years.


Golden South Sea pearls are the centrepieces of the Jewelmer brand. Through a highly selective process, these elusive gems inspire artisans to create finely crafted jewellery to fulfil Jewelmer's celebration of beauty in harmonious symmetry with nature.

Novelty Textiles

Drawing on work as an interior designer and inspired by heirlooms and artefacts from around the archipelago, Natalya Lagdameo creates textile designs utilising local Filipino materials.


Josie Natori's iconic, global brand, the House of Natori celebrates Asian aesthetics with the spirit of Natori's adopted home in America, effortlessly melding the visual best of both the East and the West.


Favouring stones in their organic, untouched states and incorporating materials not often associated with jewellery, Wynn Wynn Ong combines unexpected elements into her meticulously hand crafted jewellery designs.


Anne Marie Saguil combines her passion for craftsmanship and fashion, designing clothes, handbags and accessories using hand embroidered techniques and indigenous handwoven materials.


Ditta Sandico transforms indigenous fibres, such as banana, pineapple and abaca into a fashion art form, designing wraps that follow the movements of the body.


Rafe Totengco's signature minaudiere evening bags, featuring indigenous Filipino materials, blend uptown sophistication with a downtown edge.

Jewellery and Accessories

Bea Valdes takes inspiration from various cultures, sourcing materials, patterns and ideas from around the world for her high-end accessories while continuing to shine a light on the Philippines as a design hub, as she supports local artisans and their craftsmanship.

Signature pieces from these talented designers’ collections have been selected for inclusion in the display and for sale at AsiaStore. The exhibition is at the lobby of Asia Society Museum New York and will run from September 11 to January 3.


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