This Filipino artist has set up a furniture showroom in Dubai’s Al Quoz area with the distinct purpose of promoting her country’s raw talent and craftsmanship and changing the stereotypical view towards them.
What’s distinct about your showroom Interior360?
We feature unusual designs from established and emerging Filipino designers. It is gratifying to be able to bring Filipino art to collectors in the UAE. People tend to be surprised by the quality of both the designs and the art.
What’s different about Filipino art?
We use solid wood, fine leather and exotic materials such as parchment, cocoa shell, organic abaca and palm fibres. It is a melange of materials and designs, and there is something new to discover with each collection. People think that because it is made in Asia, it should be cheap. It is a struggle for us to fight this stereotype.
How is the Filipino community viewed here and how are you working to change that perception?
There are a lot of stereotypes, many of them negative. However, Filipino designers based in the UAE have made a big difference, because they’re in the international arena and have shown people what Filipino design is all about – superb craftsmanship with attention to detail.
You’re an artist yourself. What’s your particular style?
Originally, I was very inspired by native patterns and tribal designs. After living in Spain, my style became more fluid and I started focussing on textures and layers of colours. In London and the UAE, I became more conceptual and experimental with materials.