Kenneth Cobonpue is a very talented furniture designer whose creations are well recognized and critically acclaimed in the design world. His creations are modern pieces that exude relaxation, sensuality, comfort and style. He makes use of locally sourced organic materials like rattan and abaca and turns them into modern furniture with Asian flare and Western sophistication. His works are always interesting, fresh and eye-catching.
“My palette of materials include rattan, buri, kawayan(bamboo) and abaca. Each has its won texture, color, smell, and sound. You can bend, twist and weave them in endless ways. It is a feast for the senses to work with these.” – Kenneth Cobonpue
Here are some of his works that got me speechless. They are all so beautifully designed and well crafted as well.
Rattan poles and strips are fastened together with nails and nylon wire in a technique similar to boatbuilding to create soft and sensuous shapes.
Polycotton fabric (indoor) or sunbrella acrylic fabric (outdoor) is twisted and wrapped around a frame of galvanized steel. Legs made of stainless steel.
Strands of abaca rope are tied down by translucent nylon wires over a hand sculpted frame of light steel. An outdoor version is also available in polyethylene and steel.
Buri or Palm Leaf Spines or abaca are hand-woven on a steel frame and tied with abaca rope creating a cozy cocoon where dreams are revealed.
Inspired by a lady’s sandal, the Manolo is made of fine natural or stained rattan vines woven over a frame of mild steel then bound with leather strips.
Natural bamboo poles are individually cut, hand-polished and framed in dark oak wood and veneers.
Stained rattan vines are hand-woven and tied over a frame mounted on an oak-veneered base.