The St. Scholatica’s College Manila, Department of Fine Arts and Interior Design presents a furniture design exhibition featuring Interior Design Students, Martha Andrino, Llyka Mae Cabilin, Mary Cellinee De Guzman, Beatriz Ysabel Guyamin, Danna Galle Hidalgo, Chloanne Lavarias, Alexandra Mae Lucas, Angela Pauline Manuel, Jillian Angeline Martinez’s, Micah Joyce Nebres, and Sakura Soji in “KULASA: Kasangkapan at mga Upuan, Likhang Artistiko mula sa Sinaunang Alpabeto”. The exhibit explores the possibilities of designing furniture pieces centered on the pre-colonial indigenous writing system, Baybayin.
Inspired by the syllabic alphabet, eleven students interpreted each chosen script to a functional chair for their final design project in the practical application class. The development of the individual project engaged each student to explore various local materials; from hand woven textiles to bamboo fibers to create each art piece.
Martha Andrino’s furniture piece Sinag-Silyang Yakan was inspired by the rays of the sun, Sinag, and the Yakan of Basilan. Sinag is Tagalog word, “si”, “na” and “g” combined altogether which symbolizes illumination which is apparent in the backrest of the piece. The designer used bamboo fiber strips for the sun rays details of the 3-seater sofa; interlacing the design with vivid colors based from the woven textile for women clothing known as the Semmek for the upholstery. Natural wood tone finish was applied on the furniture piece to make the other design elements stand out.
Alongan Chair by Llyka Mae Cabilin was inspired by the City of Marawi in Mindanao.
The Marawi siege elicited an urge for her to create something that she thought can generate positive light, thus Alongan that refers to “araw” meaning “light” emanated from her inquisitive mind, her creation was fashioned from the baybayinalphabet script to come up with the word Marawi.
The syllable “Ma” channeled into the design of the seat support and the armrest is made of honey white colored open weave synthetic rattan, the “Ra” figures the molded synthetic resin plastic, the backrest combined with the ‘alongan” figures the light in the design, while the “Wi” that adorned the back cushion using the ‘Okir’ design was interwoven into the same material for the seat cushion; for durability and corrosion free support, stainless steel was used for the frame.
‘Alongan Chair’ conceptualized by the artist breathes a distinct design, is ideal for indoor and outdoor accent furniture piece that can be used in different areas of a house.
Tawa by Mary Cellinee De Guzman was shaped between the gravity of academic requirements and imaginative artistry; she took upon the peculiarity of Filipinos on being resilient in any adverse situation, the easy going disposition imbedded in every Filipino despite difficulties, “Tawanan na lang ang problema” translated into English- “laugh at your problems”.
The designer’s chair piece is a combination of two syllables, “Ta” and “Wa”. The word means hope in times of trouble and darkness. The design is of bent wood piled together along the bottom to achieve the shape of the syllable “Ta”; abaca weaving is used for the backrest to add contrast to the simplicity of the furniture. The materials are combined together to create the balance to achieve the expected look of the design.
Kalabasa is Beatriz Ysabel Guyamin’s designed chair, while fashioning her furniture piece, ‘Mahal’ is the word that the designer had in mind; she thought that this accent chair will surely capture every viewer’s eyes. The design is after the iconic pumpkin carriage from the fairy tale Cinderella, a love story. Creative mind, love and the pumpkin, she arrived at the idea of a love chair.
“Ma” is used for the design; she used bent steel to make the exterior appear like a pumpkin, while rattan is used to wrap the steel frame for the indigenous look. The designer filled the cushions with “pinukpok” an abaca fabric from the Bicol Region, The throw pillows were made from the T’nalak where she spelled out the word “Mahal”
Diwa is an accent chair created by Danna Galle Hidalgo. She put together the syllabus “Di” and “Wa” which is associated with sense, thoughts, or spirit, her creative interpretation on her impression of the Filipino’s spirit of Nationalism.
The syllabic script, ‘Wa’ was impeccably crafted to form the backrest and legs which serves as the support of the chair. By intertwining the scripts, she was able to create one piece that exhales the spirit of ‘Bayanihan’, the spirit of being a Filipino; the idea of a communal piece motivated the designer to share her idea about the sense of connection.
The designer used mahogany and layers of plywood to form the shape of the chair accentuated with a fabric in neutral color to complement the chair’s walnut semi-gloss finish.
Muni is Chloanne Lavarias idea of designing her furniture piece based on the syllabic alphabet. The piece means “to reflect”. The Muni chair is a piece where one can sit comfortably to ponder.
The chair which is made up of a combination of steel, wood and solihiya ( canning pattern) using synthetic rattan, and fabric made by the Buhid and Hanunuo Mangyans of Mindoro for the upholstery.
Alexandra Mae Lucas, Jose is a chair from the idea of Bayan which associated with the community, country and the devoted spirit revolving around the interconnectedness of the Filipino people. The materials employed in making this furniture are bleached mahogany, plywood and mixed polyester, mother of pearl and to represent her home region Ilocos. She also used abel Iloko for the accents.
Tayabak , Angela Pauline Manuel was inspired by the tropical flower found within the forests of the Philippines. Known as Jade Vine in English, the flower can grow up to four feet in length; its foliage can bear forty to fifty flowers. The plant symbolizes growth, renewal and prosperity.
By combining the syllabus “Ta”, “Ya”, “Ba” and “Ka”, the imaginative young designer created a bent, twisted & formed rattan and T’nalak hanging chair fashioned after the sinuous shape of the “Tayabak”.
Paru-Paro, (Butterflies) are deep and powerful representation of life in many cultures. In some traditions it symbolizes resurrection. Jillian Angeline Martinez’s piece emerged from the ideation on the meaning of culture and the butterfly which is about endurance, change, hope and life. She also explored the indigenous terminologies of the moth such as ‘alibangbang’ in Cebuano, and ‘ullapoy’ in Kalinga to integrate it to her design. Rattan was utilized for the frame with touches of abaca fiber, while Katsa (cheese cloth) layered with jute fiber produced from the saluyot plant is used for the cushion, abel Iloko were used for throw pillows, thus the complete piece is a celebration of diverse culture.
Darang is the title of Micah Joyce Nebres’ furniture piece. Darang is a chair formed from the script “Da” and “Ra”; the designer merged the two symbols to create a single piece. The poles of the chair has embossed quotes of Dr. Jose Rizal, “Habang ang wika ay inaadya ng mga madla; pinapanatili nito ang marka ng kalayaan.”
The two-toned chair is made of mahogany wood, eight wooden planks for the frame, and cushion
Tugaw by Sakura Soji’s furniture is associated with leaning on, the word means “sandal” (lean on) is cautiously carved on the backrest; this is symbolic of a resting place. The inspiration is after the gallinera of the the Ilocos region. ‘Tugaw Chair’ is accentuated with a local fabric called ‘inabel’ handpicked by the designer in her native province of Ilocos.
Exhibition Days and Hours: 9-31 August 2018, Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For inquiries, you may reach us at, 527-21-92 loc. 324 & 328 please look for Bryan Llapitan or Mimi Santos or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, like us on facebook: nccagallery