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Check Out The Best of Cebu Design

Discover these amazing furniture designers and manufacturers in Cebu. And while there, learn from top designers and see the latest products and services at the premier building exposition in the South.

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Original Article: Paula de Guzman Photography: Dairy Darilag & Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photos)

Cebu is popularly known as the design capital of the country, serving as a base for furniture exporters. In fact, many Cebuano designers have exhibited and garnered awards and praises internationally. With innovative styles and a respect for their roots, Cebuano design is present everywhere you look. Get to know some of their notable furniture designers and manufacturers, and visit a special trade show as well.

Coast Pacific

Known for their modern, sleek, and sculptural outdoor furniture, Coast Pacific’s pieces are hand-built by skilled Cebuano artisans. Their exhibit of their Ellipse daybeds and their large woven dome huts were showstoppers at the last Philippine International Furniture Show (PIFS).

 

Design Ventures

Designer Debbie Palao and her husband Gus have run furniture and décor company Design Ventures for more than 30 years, exhibiting in major furniture shows like the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Her pieces highlight the best of Philippine indigenous materials, but have a bit of whimsy and humor. She also sells some of her pieces at HoliCow, her shop with an advocacy.


Detalia Aurora

Another furniture industry superstar, Detalia Aurora has been around for more than 20 years, and export to Europe, the US, South America, and even Africa. They are best known for the intricate and painstaking craftsmanship of their furniture pieces. You can also buy some of their products in Manila at Casa Ligna.

 

General Bleu

Designer Maybelline Te’s family has run Arkwell and Tequesta—major furniture exporters—for decades. They have recently launched General Bleu, which also caters to the local market. “We will have a new line that we’ll market to local and international residential and hospitality clients,” says Te. “I’ll probably design a few fun capsule collections for General Bleu from time to time.”

 

Mehitabel

This 70-year–old manufacturer of rattan and wood furniture produces some of the finest pieces in Cebu, and this makes Mehitabel a veritable institution. Their furnishings range from classic rattan chairs and sofas to avant-garde woven creations.

 

O+S

Formerly called Outdoor Solutions, O+S has been in the business of catering to export buyers. In 2012, they introduced their line of well-crafted, contemporary-modern outdoor furniture to the local market as well. Check out their sculptural Cobra accent chair and stool (main photo above, right).

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Vito Selma

This young designer who hails from a family of furniture manufacturers (Stonesets Int'l.) has garnered many awards here and abroad for his breathtaking, geometric-organic furniture designs. Vito Selma recently won awards for his Theo table (below), which can be reconfigured several ways.


While you’re in Cebu, make it one big design trip by attending the fourteenth Philippine Building and Construction Expo (Philbex) Cebu 2017 at the SM City Trade Hall Cebu this September 14 to 17, 2017. Organized by the Worldbex Services International, the Expo will host pocket events, exhibitors, a young designers’ furniture competition, and convention talks by local and international speakers such as Leo Almeria and Ning Encarnacion-Tan in support of this year’s event theme “Building Bolder Perspective.”

Guests will get to see the latest in building and design materials, equipment, construction services, interior design and renovation, security, and more. You can also expect a showcase of government and private institutions, associations, interior designer services, construction promotions, and architectural services.

For more information about Philbex Cebu 2017 and to see their schedule of talks, visit their Facebook page. Admission is free, and the expo is open from 10am to 8pm.

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