Cobonpue’s Yoda was 2015’s many photographed chair
January 6, 2016 - accent chair
As distant as a home stage is concerned, 2015 will be remembered as a year world-renowned Filipino seat and industrial engineer Kenneth Cobonpue’s Yoda chair became a domicile word and a showcase of Philippine style, in a same joining as a barong and terno.
Introduced in 2008, a Yoda chair gained a following among seat collectors, interior designers and artistic types, including internal and unfamiliar celebrities.
It pennyless into a mainstream final Nov when images of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders such as US President Barack Obama, President Aquino, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and “Apec hotties” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico sitting on pivot versions of a chair were beamed on inhabitant radio and to a rest of a world.
Made of disproportionate rattan poles entwined on a supple, immaculate steel frame, a Yoda chair has a particular backrest that mimics a clump of furious grass, wrote Inquirer Lifestyle writer Marge Enriquez.
Through a years, Cobonpue has reinterpreted a accent chair to furnish a sofa, bar stool, side chair, list and pivot chair.
Six of a Apec Yoda chairs were auctioned off final month for a advantage of Unicef. In only dual hours, a online auction generated P8.76 million. The top bid (P2.05 million) was for a chair used by Trudeau. Obama’s chair was a tighten second during P2 million.
Those used by Aquino and Peña Nieto sole for P1.55 million and P1.5 million, respectively, while bids for chairs used by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Abe reached P1 million and P710,000, respectively.
Cobonpue was also lauded for his work that remade a SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, a acquire event’s venue, into a showcase of Filipino design.
Veering from a beach and fiesta themes used in prior Apec events, Cobonpue designed a setup that reimagined a Banaue Rice Terraces of northern Philippines.
Less than a month later, Cobonpue done headlines again when he ran after counterfeiters. Armed with hunt warrants, agents of a National Bureau of Investigation swooped down on seat stores in Market! Market! and in Tagaytay, wrote Inquirer Lifestyle’s Cathy Yamsuan and Anne Jambora in apart reports.
Insiders trust that Cobonpue’s pierce to prosecute those pirating his designs is a initial in a country.
The past year was also a time for reconciliation. In an disdainful coverage final Jan by this reporter, partial of a artistic village that once wanted seat and interior engineer Budji Layug—the country’s exponent of Filipino Moderne—banned from practicing his contention has embraced him as one of their own.
Layug’s speak before members of a United Architects of a Philippines (UAP) Alabang Chapter during Acacia Hotel was rare and historic.
Upon a invitation of a section president, engineer Choie Funk, Layug concluded to share his tour as a artistic chairman and his thoughts on Filipino Moderne in an ever-evolving and increasingly globalized world.
More recently, Layug mentored 9 rising talents to mountain installations in a Manila FAME trade uncover during SMX Convention Center final October.
During a same book of Manila FAME, German home accessories engineer Detlef Klatt combined a special gallery showcasing a best Philippine-made products, including holiday décor, dubbed “Manila Gusto.” The 225-square scale gallery had a far-reaching operation of accent pieces from 21 internal makers comparison by organizers of a biannual seat and home accessories exhibit.