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7 Things To Look Out For At This Big Furniture Show

PIFS 2018's must-see moments include wallpaper by Pinoy designers, an experiential paint booth, and a woodworking shop

Photography: Christina Gaston & Yvette Fernandez (Main Photos)

One of the most-awaited design fairs in the country is the Philippines International Furniture Show (PIFS), and the 2018 edition doesn’t disappoint. This year’s theme is “Reflections,” with designers and artists collaborating to create pieces that reflect a special way of living. Here’s what not to miss:

1. Wallpaper by local designers and artists.



Artists such as Robert Alejandro, Tata Montilla, and Garapata, along with designers such as Eric Paras collaborated with Wallmasters for these unique and proudly Philippine-designed wallpaper patterns displayed at the entrance.

2. The beauty of bamboo in a special exhibit.


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Various exhibitors showcased the sleek form of bamboo in these modern pieces.

3. Woven wonders from Negros and Cebu.


A PIFS show isn’t complete with woven wonders; these furniture pieces by Hacienda Crafts (main photo, left) and Obra Cebuana (above) are just excellent.

4. The romantic Las Palmas “house.”


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The furniture company’s mix of finely made classic and contemporary furniture are arranged in vignettes within a booth that looks like an actual house, complete with shutters!

5. The fantastic paper Felix booth.


The paper-screen walls of the Felix booth lets their lighting fixtures’ effects shine through.

6. The nostalgic collection of antiques and furniture of Osmundo.


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Osmundo Esguerra is known for his fine furniture, antiques and artifacts, and his booth is laid out an old collector’s office, complete with ephemera and vintage books. Don’t miss the elegant Art Nouveau-style cabinet on show.

7. Boysen Paint’s experiential rooms.


In the Interior & Design Manila 2018 section, the standout is Boysen’s translucent booth for their Color Perspectives display, where guests go into fun, experiential rooms with optical illusions, mirror tricks, and miniature spaces to get the feel of their trendy colors. Tip: They are all selfie-friendly!

8. Matimco’s DIY woodworking section.


If you’re dreaming of becoming a DIY diva, head over to the Matimco booth, where you can choose wooden tags where you can hand-etch a design and stain it, too. There are also fun games you can try your hand out on to win special Matimco prizes!


Other things not to miss: the Estilo De Vida students’ exhibit on the ground floor, and the various designer talks on the second floor. The Philippines International Furniture Show will run at SMX Convention Center until March 10, 2018 Saturday. Visit their website for more info.

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