Thursday, February 4, 2010


For the graduating batch of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), it is time to look back at indigenous Filipino heritage to generate a bold Filipino design identity for the global scene.

An online article reads that these tableaus would cost around Php200,000 to 300,000 (Philippine Peso) to build if they are to foot the entire bill; unless they are able to source materials or cash from sponsors.

Let us take you to an array of indigenous Filipino groups' culture, crafts, colors, and character vis-a-vis their importance and relevance in today’s society.

Embodying the Sulod epic, “Hinilawod” is a living and dining room that takes elements from the story of the three demigod brothers of ancient Panay.

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An entertainment room that adapts the layout of the Tausug home, “Pis Siyabit” is accented by the geometric pattern of the Tausug headdress.

Revolving around three dominant elements in the Yakan community, “Seputangan Inspirited” is a contemporary living room adorned with handwoven fabrics.

Tammang Boh” is a living room inspired by the Jama Mapun, showcasing a wave-shaped wall, an area rug inspired by traditional weaving, and a coffee table with legs inspired by the tradition of Tammang Boh’.

Ginton” is a kitchen and dining room that draws focus on the T’boli penchant for personal adornment -- their beaded ornaments, tie-dyed abaca cloth and metal industry.

The bathroom “Okir” brings together rich Maranao elements, such as okir panels for back-lit mirrors, lavatories reminiscent of Maranao metalwork, and cascading water lit up in Maranao colors.

Gu’yangan” simulates the Manobo culture of tree-dwelling in a bedroom that experiments with geometric forms and structural developments.

Inspired by the sea gypsy culture of the Sama Dilaut (Badjao), “Paradiso” is a lanai that incorporates the elements of water for a relaxing sanctuary.

Inspired by the Ibaloi colors black, white, and red, “Tan-awan” is a kitchen and lanai using raw materials such as abaca, wood, stone, and pawid (dried grass).

Vituhen,” incorporates the traditional Ivatan stone houses of Batanes in a home theater lounge. The focal piece is a solitude chair inspired by the vakul headdress worn by Ivatan women.

Taking its cue from the famous Ifugao rice terraces, “Baitang” is a toilet and bath that echoes the creative energy and ethnicity of the mountainous people.

Ang Mandirigma” is a masculine den based on traditional Kalinga octagonal-shaped houses called binayon, incorporating tattoo symbols and the Kalinga cultural history with modern-day materials.

Hala Bira,” is based on the Ati-Atihan colors (green, bright yellow, bloody red, and black) and native materials, celebrating the famed Sto. NiƱo festival.

The bedroom “Ambahan” reflects the Mangyan’s gentle personality, ingenuity and love for the soil with white interiors, intricately woven woodwork, and a low bed. The room is accented by a wall engraved with the Mangyan alphabet.

Puertos Xenos” explores the xenophobic nature of the Batak in a living room that recreates a Batak village, with lean-to inspired pieces and a figurative central fire pit area.

Pagdiwata” is a bedroom that draws focus on the Tagbanua weave patterns that accent its wall and ceiling. Furniture design is taken from the indigenous manuscript, surat Tagbanua.

A den and entertainment room that actively exhibits the traditions and activities of the Pala’wan, “Layag-Aliwan” highlights a rotating wall that symbolizes the Palawan abyss, and the boat-inspired sofa that mirrors the group’s fishing industry.

*shout out to Blooey Singson for providing us with this information

1 comment:

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