Furniture Friday: Kenneth Cobonpue
I have always
wanted to visit the Philippines…sadly, while I was traveling through Southeast Asia, there was major flooding that resulted in dangerous mud slides in the Philippines. I had no choice but to scratch the intriguing island off my list.
Since I am suffering from a nostalgia for a country I never had the pleasure of visiting, I decided to dedicate today’s Furniture Friday post to a Filipino designer whose furniture designs have been making headlines all over the world.
Ladies and gents, put your hands together for Kenneth Cobonpue.
I am particularly smitten with his collection of beds – they each exhibit organic lines and natural textures and yet they are perfectly sophisticated (as opposed to rustic). I appreciate that all pieces are made of natural materials, but if you’d like to use a piece outdoors, Kenneth Cobonpue is able to re-produce most pieces using synthetic fibers.
This young man is the recipient of several prestigious design awards, and if you ask me, they are all well-deserved (some of the spaces shown in photographs above are downright fabulous!). His mother, Betty Cobonpue, is also a designer who has become famous for her innovative techniques in working with rattan.
I love that Kenneth claims that his work is always inspired by his homeland of Cebu, Philippines. I’m sure the people of Cebu are proud to call this talented young man one of their own.
All furniture photos courtesy of Kenneth Cobonpue. Click HERE to visit Kenneth Cobonpue’s official website.