Kenneth Cobonpue began his passage to design in 1987, studying Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York. While 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 working with rattan. Discovering that modern design could have a new face using natural fibres and materials as the medium, he slowly created the pieces which form his collection today.
Integrating locally sourced organic materials with innovative hand made production techniques offered an alternative to the Western Definition of modern design. His creations have earned him recognition at home and abroad. Awards to his credit include 12 Mugna and 4 Jatha Awards for design excellence at the annual Philippine International Furniture Exhibition.
Keneth reveals new work each year in design shows from Paris to Shanghai with Movement 8, an alliance of Filipino designers who share the same spirit and aesthetic. He is also a founding member of the Designers Guild of the Philippines, an association of designers with the aim of advancing the design profession within the country.
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