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4 Things You Need to Know About Kenneth Cobonpue's Design Inspiration for APEC 2015

Marvel at the world-renowned designer's craftsmanship and unparalleled pieces


Starting on Monday, the whole world will be watching Manila as it hosts this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, bringing together the most powerful leaders and businessmen in the globe.

It comes as no surprise that the government tapped the genius of world-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue to serve as the creative director for the welcome dinner that will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena. Kenneth has been recognized internationally for his unique pieces that showcase locally sourced materials and it's exciting to see his works that will be featured in the affair.

Here are four things that you need to know about the pieces and his inspirations for the event:

Source: APEC 2015 Website | All photos are from Kenneth Cobonpue's Facebook page

The set design draws inspiration from the famous rice terraces

To keep the design close to home, Kenneth took inspiration from the terraces—transforming a part of the arena into a huge outdoor garden.

The Cebuano creative hopes to keep the venue “warm and cozy”

A grassy circular stage will be set up in the middle of the arena, and colorful anahaw leaf-inspired designs, will be hung from the ceiling. 

The Leaders' chairs will be based on the designer's iconic Yoda chair

Resembling grass blades, the chair features armrests and wheels so that the leaders can move around freely. According to the designer, the leaders can also lean back on the rattan reeds as the natural tensile strength of the rattan can support the back.

The economic leaders get to take home a souvenir token called sama-sama

The sculpture features tiny people made of brass, similar in one of his furniture collections, grouped around island formations, seemingly holding hands towards the upward direction or as Cobonpue says, “towards the heavens.” It depicts unity, partnership, and cooperation.

The small human formations are painted in gold, silver and copper symbolizing the different races of APEC members.  Each sculpture is placed in a glass case and housed in a hand-woven metal and buri carrying cases with brass handles and clasp, showcasing the designer’s intricate and sophisticated style. 

To learn more about Kenneth's works follow his Facebook page. Stay updated on the APEC 2015 meeting by visiting their website.


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