The creativity and innovation of Filipino designers is already recognized. Products are handmade or made by using simple machinery and can be found in hotels, resorts and department stores around the world.
Filipino artisans make the most of an abundant supply of sustainable raw materials. From the strength of natural abaca fibers to bamboo, coconut shells and rattan palms, their handcrafted products have strong environmental credentials.
The streets of the Philippines are spectacular at Christmas and the country is a world-leading manufacturer of lights for celebrations and festivals.
The demand for bespoke furniture is at a high. With an increasing trend in construction for residential apartments and hotels, the opportunity to design and create bespoke furniture is ripe.
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The quality and craftsmanship of Filipino designs and furniture is what sets the industry apart. The Philippines is already home to a number of internationally recognized designers like Kenneth Cobonpue, a multi-award winner in the industry’s main competitions (Japan Good Design Awards, Singapore International Design Competition and the French Coup de Coeur award).
Our supply chain is small scale: production is highly skilled and dominated by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The opportunity lies in harnessing the production and distribution of our high-end products, with world-class designs, produced by master craftsmen.
There’s potential in the domestic market too. The Philippine economy is one of the most dynamic in the Asia Pacific. Our population is growing and with that comes increasing urbanization. Rising real incomes are set to fuel consumer demand – and this will include gifts, furniture, homeware, and holiday decor. With the quality and craftsmanship of Filipino products, the Philippines is ready to make it happen.