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6 Under-The-Radar Pinay Designers You Should Know

In celebration of International Women's Day, get to know the new generation of Filipina furniture and industrial designers

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March 8, 2018 is International Women’s Day, and coincidentally, it is also the opening day of PIFS (Philippine International Furniture Show) and the unofficial start of design month in the country. So what better way to celebrate these two occasions than to give you a fresh roundup of young Pinay furniture and industrial designers?

The design industry is notorious for being a man’s world, and it has been difficult for women designers—more so for young women—to get into this insular and patrician design clique. Have you heard of these Filipina designers yet? If not, it’s time to get acquainted with their works!

Rachelle Dagnalan


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This furniture designer and creative director of RADA COLLAB loves working with natural materials such as woven fibers, stone, and clay. Before being part of the Red Box program of CITEM, Rachelle had already received awards from the likes of CFIP’s Obra Design Award and the A’ Design Award in Como, Italy.


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One of her more popular creations is the KnitKnock Chair (above), which was showcased in the October 2016 edition of Manila FAME. Her KnitKnock collection is comprised of knockdown furniture with interchangeable styles of macramé-like, knobby woven seating. She also designed recycled paper products for DTI pop-up project Go Lokal!

Visit RADA COLLAB’s website or follow Rachelle on Instagram @rachelledagnalan

Vikki and Paula Rodriguez of Co-Creative Studio


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Sisters and Cebu-based designers Vikki and Paula Rodriguez create pieces for renowned export company Detalia Aurora and for various other local and international collaborators, and have exhibited at all the major design fairs. Their brainchild is the Co-Creative Studio, which is a design brand that promotes innovations in furniture and home decor using local, natural materials.  



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The Academy of Art University San Francisco-educated siblings create pieces that have a fresh, whimsical take on its traditional forms and materials. Take for example their very popular SHELLF (which is a bookshelf that’s shaped like a shell, above), their Kinks and Curls Lamp that literally looks like a head of tousled curls, and their Fun Planters collection, which looks like a torso-less legs in repose or action.


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Visit their websites Co-Creative Studio and Detalia Aurora. You can purchase some of their creations at HoliCOW in Cebu. 

Mona Alcudia



This industrial design graduate from the University of the Philippines uses greenery as inspiration in a lot of her works. This was seen in “Menagerie,” (above) a series of metal vines and cast polymer plant holders that she created as part of the Hive design collective curated by superstar designer Kenneth Cobonpue at Manila FAME in 2012.

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She now works as a Cebu-based artist and illustrator, creating intricate cutouts, acrylic, and mixed-media pieces, and teaches design at the University of the Philippines-Cebu.


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Follow Mona on Instagram @monaalcudia

Roberta Limjap and Anna Zavalla of Raw.Tura


The owners and designers behind the young furniture brand Raw.Tura admit that they have been interested in art from the very beginning, and pursuing further studies in Europe armed them both with the design know-how to put up their brand, which specializes in wood furniture with a minimalist, almost bare-bones aesthetic with a hint of Arts-and-Crafts touches. The duo also collaborates with other local artists in the design industry. 

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Follow Roberta and Anna on Instagram @raw.tura

Parts of this article have been adapted from “Design Dozen” and “25 Creatives To Watch” from the December-January 2016-17 and July 2015 issues of Real Living magazine.

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