The Philippines International Furniture Show 2018 is set to wow everyone on March 8 to 10 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex. I had the chance to take a peek have of what will be on display at the trade fair and truly wished that I can bring at least one of them home. With the creativity and quality craftsmanship, the pieces I saw will be the center of conversation in any home.
Right off the bat, I can say that visitors will be floored on PIFS 2018. Being able to see an extensive range of furniture products, accessories, and decor in one roof, you’ll be drooling at the well-crafted pieces. You’ll wish you have that much money so you can buy everything that you fancy. No wonder the Philippines International Furniture Show is considered one of Southeast Asia’s premier trade fairs.
Jointly organized by the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation Inc. (CFIF), the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), and the Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation (PFIF), the show promises a spectacle for those with an eye for style. “We see PIFS as the ultimate collaboration of Filipino Collection. It is where we show the world the ingenuity of our local manufacturers and designers, how we interpret the latest industry trends, and in many cases, take the lead in design innovation,” said Eduardo Zuluaga, overall event chairman of Philippines International Furniture Show and President of Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines.
Keeping true to its form as the “Milan of Asia,” the Philippines has a strong reputation for originality and new, often ground breaking, interpretation. That’s why PIFS continues to attract of buyers who want to see first-hand what Filipino design and craftsmanship has to offer. They come from countries as far as the United States of America, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, and India.
The Philippines International Furniture Show 2018 will definitely not disappoint. “This year, we decided on portraying different kinds of lifestyles with our featured furniture pieces, furnishings, and fixtures,” says Ina Gaston, Event Chair for the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation Inc. “And that’s how we came up with this year’s theme of Reflections. Every day, each person we interact with, every place we go to, the pieces define the lifestyle and way of living,” Gaston adds. PIFS proves to be the ultimate furniture lifestyle event fit for all design and furniture enthusiasts.
As a show feature, PIFS will bring light to one of the most respected hardwood artists and furniture designer in the country. Osmundo Esguerra, a self-made furniture maker, has made a name for himself by having a distinct style and approach in handling indigenous wood. His crafts reflect his natural creativity and ingenuity, celebrating the true Filipino craftsmanship. In commemoration of his artistry, PIFS will be doing a special tribute to showcase a number of pieces by Esguerra during the show.
Branded as the ultimate design event, PIFS will once again be held alongside the Interior & Design Manila, the most sought-after event for architects, interior designers and design enthusiasts. Stimulating and interactive activities are conducted for young professionals namely Interior Design Plus, Interior Design Excellence Award Pavilion and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Conference where known personalities in the industry, local and international, are invited to share knowledge on their field of expertise.
The sneak peek of the Philippines International Furniture Show 2018 made me realize I shouldn’t miss this show. I may not be able to buy, seeing the works of different manufacturers in person will allow me to weigh my options for future reference for when that time comes that I’m building my dream home. For more information about the show, visit www.pifs.ph. While you’re on it, don’t forget to pre-register to get a free 1-day pass.