It,s been said that the Philippines has the best designers in all Asia. Whereas the bulk of the furniture industry follows each other like sheep producing copies of copies, there are some who think outside the box. The best of those are part of Movement 8 that burst on the scene in 1999 led by Budji Layug who,s site can be viewed here. These guys mix wood and natural fibres and their use of bamboo is clever and bold.
If modern mixed media or Bamboo doesn,t float your boat then maybe the work of Benji reyes will
Reyes only uses recycled timbers and if you like the work of Nakashima and Maloof then you will need to add this guy to your list. His work sells for a premium in upmarket gallerys and to see a peice in the flesh is something special indeed.There isn,t much on the net about him but you can see more here.
Another fine maker is based in the old spanish town of Vigan (below), which is a must see town if you ever get the chance.
Vigan future heirlooms makes some of the best quality locally made peices that I have seen since i,ve lived here. The fit and finish is world class and you can see more on his website and try to spot the copy of the Greene and Greene writing desk from the Gamble house.
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand