New collaboration that tells the story of an unexpected, moving philosophy of life in the open air, where design is inspired by nature and creativity becomes pure evasion
Now on their 5th year of joining Salone del Mobile, KENNETH COBONPUE is showcasing imaginative designs that have stories to tell and joy to give.
Consistent with what the brand has stood for all these years, the featured collections are inspired by nature’s various elements, making for extraordinarily diverse selections.
From whimsical and fun to exquisite and elegant, this year’s exhibit promises to offer something different and unique. Amidst the monotony often found in some commercial products and technology today, KENNETHCOBONPUE insists on authenticity and individuality, hence the handcrafted and organic nature of our pieces.
Adding even more value to our creations is the sense of adventure that’s embedded in each collection. "People love movies, social media, and toys because they provide escape from the real world.
It’s a thrill to take a glimpse into what else is out there. We want to capture that sense of wonder in our designs and create pieces that have drama and originality to transport people to a place of fantasy and imagination," expresses Kenneth. Audacious, playful, and masterfully crafted, KENNETHCOBONPUE pieces rekindle the connection between nature and humanity. They remind us to love the beautiful and unusual, and to never lose our childlike wonder.
Alchemy’s suspended design fosters an open connection between nature’s elements to cultivate and nurture life. With four different shapes of planters to choose from (Pierre, Marie, Louis, and Linus), find one that’s perfect for your corner.
Apollo is for those whose imagination and childlike wonder never left them. A blast from the past of building makeshift forts as a kid, this spaceship for the young at heart has an open weave that allows air to flow through for a comfortable and leisurely rest.
BABAR Sofa Easy Armchair, Ottoman
The frame of Babar is wrapped with a unique weaving pattern inspired by the naturally beautiful texture of elephant skin. Curvaceous and voluptuous, it exudes the comfort and safe embrace only a gentle giant can give.
Tenacious and often elusive are the birds of the wild. The Kala vase is easier to find on your tabletop with its elegant stride and plumage. Sold in pairs.
MASON Coffee Table, End Table Jars
Are typically placed on shelves and cupboards. Mason is a reimagining of that, transforming these storage tools into life-sized tables you can fill with conversations over coffee.
The Lake tray emulates the serenity of water and captures the sense of delight in reflecting on the beauty of our humanity. Quiet and still, it becomes nature’s mirror into its own splendor.
LITTLE PEOPLE BOOM TOWN Floor Lamp extra large
Hundreds of individual figurines embody the playful nature of Little People. Salago fiber is applied by hand to add volume and body to a sculptural composition of steel. The result is both dramatic and meaningful, showing what happens when people unite and work together.
ISOLE Cheese Boards
Isole is inspired by tiny island formations floating on the vast blue ocean. The varied shapes and sizes of the boards allow them to nest over each other, and produce several table settings and arrangements.
Whether they're here to hang out or help out, these ceramic mice bring out the whimsy at any occasion. Sold as a pair that best complements Isole, this item can serve as a decorative accent and a fun conversation starter.
DOLLY Easy Armchair
Dolly is a dainty lounge chair that’s made for comfort. Inspired by the traditional beach chair, Dolly has a special vintage charm that’s all its own.
TWIGGY Mirror Frame
Like the rays of the sun, the TWIGGY mirror is made of fine lines beaming from its center. Rattan spokes are woven over a steel frame, creating a radial pattern with gentle slopes.
Seaweeds create a plush forest or grass field underwater, serving as a lavish background for the sea’s captivating colors and majestic creatures. Let the experience linger by carrying a piece of the ocean with you and having your very own seabed.
SHIREEN Wall Lamp
Shireen is made of hand-hammered copper sheets that glow with a warm and beautiful reflection when lit. The soft light is both mystical and romantic, adding drama to any room.
ZOEY Recliner, End Table
Zoey is perfect for lounging in the living room, by the pool, or on the shore as waves ebb to and fro. Sinking into Zoey’s tilted backrest is an experience of finding the angle that’s ideal for your well-deserved rest.
ARIA Armchair, Bistro Table, C-Table, Easy Armchair, End Table, Recliner Designed by Federica Capitani
Aria marks the five-year collaboration between Italian designer Federica Capitani and Kenneth Cobonpue. The collection combines a lightweight powder-coated aluminum frame with a unique handcrafted weaving pattern that’s rich in texture. Aria epitomizes the value of simply enjoying time to relax both indoors and outdoors.
Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines. His passage to design began in 1987, studying Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York. While completing his studies, he apprenticed for a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy. He went on to study Furniture Marketing and Production at the Export-Akademie Baden-Württemberg in Reutlingen, Germany, under a private and state scholarship program, and subsequently worked in Bielefeld and Munich. Kenneth returned home to Cebu in 1996 to manage Interior Crafts of the Islands, Inc., a furniture design and manufacturing company founded by his mother Betty Cobonpue in 1972. Discovering that modern design could have a new face using natural fibers and materials, Kenneth created pieces of functional art, offering an alternative to the Western definition of modern design.
Today, the KENNETHCOBONPUE® brand has become known globally for its unique designs and extensive roster of clientele, including Hollywood celebrities and members of royalty. With his masterful way of integrating nature, traditional craft and innovative technologies, designer and creative director Kenneth Cobonpue has earned international awards and recognition for his creative, organic, and expressive pieces. Working closely with some of the world’s leading designers, from household names to emerging talents, Kenneth has been pushing the envelope for design in the Philippines and sharing his vision to a global audience. Awards to his credit include five (5) Japan Good Design Awards, the grand prize at Singapore International Design Competition, the Design for Asia Award of Hong Kong, the American Society of Interior Design Top Pick selection and the French Coup de Coeur award. Several of his designs were selected for several editions of the International Design Yearbook published in London and New York.
Phaidon’s book entitled “& FORK” underscores Kenneth’s position as a leader of a new movement incorporating new technologies with crafts. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was named the Designer of the Year in the first edition of Maison et Objet Asia held in March 2014 in Singapore. Kenneth reveals new work each year in design shows from Milan to New York, and he speaks regularly about Southeast Asian design all over the world. He has also appeared in European television and in countless international magazines and newspapers around the world. Various Cobonpue designs have also appeared in full-length feature films and television, such as Oceans 13 and CSI.
Please visit www.kennethcobonpue.com
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