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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Philippines International Furniture Show 2016

Marvel at Filipino craftsmanship in a show where originality and imagination take center stage


Without a doubt, Filipino talent has reached greater heights and a wider audience in recent years. Flip through magazines, visit websites, and watch the news—a lot of designers are being recognized for their skills, masterpieces, and incomparable dedication to their craft.

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind experience that will get you up close and personal with the works of our brilliant artists, then you should definitely make time for the Philippines International Furniture Show at the SMX Convention Center from March 11 to 13.

Here are four things that you can look forward to at the annual event:

Main photo: Select pieces by More than A Chair.

You get to immerse yourself in world-class craftsmanship.

“PIFS may not be the largest furniture exhibition on the circuit, but it certainly is the most exciting,” says PIFS Event Chairman Eduardo Zuluaga. It will feature the outstanding works of the country's rich pool of talents who are not only connected to their roots but to universal design as well.

In photo: A must-have piece from Costa del Sul.

In photo: Dawn Julia Lounge Chair from Filipino Creazione De Mano.

Buy pieces that can complete your space

With a talented roster of designers and manufacturers on-board, the PIFS team promises that you won’t find rows of the same items. Instead, they will be showcasing a well-curated collection—with signature pieces that represent each designer’s distinct style.

In photo: Compasso Light from Felix Inc.

In photo: A classic piece from Betis Crafts.

Enrich your knowledge about design and the current global industry.

To make the event more worthwhile, the country's most important furniture manufacturing associations—the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation Inc. (CFIF), the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), and the Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation (PFIF), have organized an educational program for members—bringing international experts to the country. These experts share their knowledge and insights that would be helpful in the coming years. Among those who took part in the program include innovators Karim Rashid and Paola Navonne; and interior designers Nathan Turner and Mary McDonald.

In photo: South Beach Day Bed from Lenbert Manufacturing.

This year, Daniel Levine of Avant Guide Institute, a leading trend specialist based in New York, will talk about trends and innovation.

In photo: Adam Lounge Chair from Calfurn.

You get to attend Interior & Design Manila 2016, too.

For the first time, Interior & Design Manila (IDM) 2016 will be held alongside PIFS. IDM will be bringing top brands together at Interior Design Plus. Apart from this, there will be a showcase of concepts by 10 select professionals at the Interior Design Excellence Pavilion, a two-day Continuing Professional Development Conference for PIID members, and a workshop on Materials Application on March 13.

In photo: Rebaroque from Stonesets International.

PIFS will be held on March 11-13, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila. For more information, visit For updates and inquiries, email info[at]

In photo: Geo C Console by Vito Selma.

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