Kenneth Cobonpue / Philippines
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Kenneth Cobonpue began studying Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York, 1987. Whilst completing his degree, he apprenticed for a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy. In 1994, he studied Furniture Marketing and Production in Reutlingen, Germany.
He returned home to the Philippines in 1996, to manage Interior Craft of The Islands Inc, a company founded in 1972 by his mother, Betty Cobonpue, a designer famous for creating new techniques in rattan.
Kenneth Cobonpue discovered that modern design could have a new face using natural fibres and materials and with time he carefully created the pieces which form the heart of his collection today. Integrating locally sourced organic materials with innovative handmade production techniques offered an alternative to the Western Definition of modern design.
'From the start, I was seeking a fresh sensibility to embrace and develop with regard to design. I didn't find it in Milan. Nor in New York. I found it closer to home in the tropical island of Cebu.' - Kenneth Cobonpue.
Today, Kenneth Cobonpue designs offer the perfect foil to the sleek, hard surfaces of contemporary interior spaces.
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