I first met Cebu-based industrial designer extraordinaire Kenneth Cobonpue last year for a feature on MEGA Magazine. He was part of our first ever Global Pinoy list and I was tasked to interview and read up on him for the article.
My interest in his works started with a beautiful bed. The bed featured in Maroon 5’s “Never Gonna Leave this Bed” official music video was made by a Filipino, it was a Kenneth Cobonpue Voyage bed. So much more A-List features followed and a lot of his works have been internationally-acclaimed and can be found in the homes of top celebrities around the world.
Not your ordinary bread guardians: Wire Bread Box with Three Grey Mice and Cheese
Kenneth Cobonpue’s main office is located in Cebu and (prior to the Manila Showroom opening) has been a Manila F.A.M.E. regular, coming by Manila at least twice a year to present his latest pieces to international buyers and media.
It was during the FAME event early this year where I learned about his plans of opening his Manila Showroom together with Hive, a collective of designers and artisans producing lighting and home accessories under Kenneth’s art direction.
And so today I find myself actually in the showroom — a two floor space with modest and pale concrete walls and floors reminiscent of an art gallery. This set up creates the perfect neutral background, giving these beautiful interior pieces (or works of art, others would say) the spotlight.
The space designer and also the creator of the beautiful composite photos that adorned the humble walls is Paolo Konst, who also happens to take care of the marketing for Kenneth Cobonpue. We had a brief discussion on the thought process in space design and making these expressive images. “The photo will not work anywhere else, it belongs on that space,” he quips.
I’ve added buying and owning a Kenneth Cobonpue piece (and hopefully… pieces) for my future home/s to my bucket list. And I’ve got a lot more photos from the Manila Showroom to make you do the same, too. Check out more photos after the jump!
This light installation reminds me of the recent movie, Gravity.
One of my favorite light installations from previous FAME, Anemone by Olivia D’Aboville!
What a fine showroom.
Would love to have this flower installation hanging around my future living room. Oh and that award-winning Bloom chair too, please!
Eyes on the Cabaret sofa, the red Yoda seat, and the leaf inspired Zaza seats.
Looks uncomfortable? The Kenneth Cobonpue Chiquita stool is surprisingly comfy! The sticks follow the shape of your bottom.
Never gonna leave this day bed!
Unconventional living room set, in bright yellow and white. The lamp is made of cloth, treated with hardening agents and shaped with wire.
Left: Trame by Federica Capitani (chairs) // Right: Stairway at Cobonpue MNL Showroom
The green ceiling light made of rope is called the Carousel
The Tropez set (with the Kaja Table and the Chiquita Stool) is too perfect!
Kenneth Cobonpue Cabaret Bed
Kenneth Cobonpue’s pieces are distributed globally, with big contemporary furniture and home showrooms (say Designlush and Muleh in New York) selling them. You can check out the complete list of distributors on his site: http://www.kennethcobonpue.com/distributors.
Kenneth Cobonpue MANILA
The Residences, San Lorenzo Tower,
Entrance at Esperanza St. or Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road)
Greenbelt, Makati City 1228 Philippines
Congratulations, Kenneth Cobonpue and the team! And welcome to Manila. 🙂