Philippine International Furniture Show 2014

Check out what's trending in Philippine Furniture Design from the PIFS 2014.

Carry On Portable Stool

Check out the Carry On Portable Stool.

Vege_Table Cutting Board

The Vege_Table Cutting board can inject fun and quirkyness into the kitchen.

Adorable Tea Light Candles

These adorable tea light candles can beautify a bare mantle.

Featured interior: 100% Chocolate Cafe

Fix your chocolate cravings at the 100% Chocolate Cafe.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

How to Shrink an Autocad File Size

Here’s one of the tricks I learned when I attended the Autodesk Solutions Day held last month at the Hotel Intercontinental. One problem that we’ve been having at the office is having Autocad Files that are too big to be sent via email. We figured that this problem could be because as soon as we finish a layout, this has to be sent to consultants, who will then generate plans of their own. The back and forth between the offices probably adds proxies that contribute to a huge file size. Take a look.
big-autocad-files
So how do you shrink an Autocad file size this big? First, you must have an Autodesk Exchange account. Signing up for one is free. Then you can download Zombie Killer, which is a free third-party plug-in.
How can you tell if your file has unnecessary cluster of proxies? Well, as soon as you open a file, you’ll see this dialog window.
Proxy-warning

Autodesk Solutions Day 2014

Last month I got to attend the Autodesk Solutions event. It was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati. I fully expected it to be an event with so few in attendance but to my surprise, there were a lot of people at the event. During the calltime for registrations, the lines was already very long.
autodesk-solutions-day-2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

5 Modern and Quirky Bird Feeders

For me, a garden won’t be complete without the sound of birds chirping and insects buzzing about. It really IS something to wake up to the sound of chirping birds in the morning. Here are some modern and quirky bird feeders to help attract birds to your garden.
Bird Cafe Feeder, $14.99, fredflare.com
I love that this bird feeder took its inspiration from modern architecture.
bird-feeders

Camper Salt Shakers

Whenever I dine out or attend a food event, I usually don’t bother much with salt or pepper. I do however, take notice of them and their presentation on the table. I’m used to restaurants to not give much thought when it comes to the salt and pepper shakers that they put on their table. However, had they bothered to put something memorable? Then you can be sure that it will surely go on one of the social media accounts of their guests. Free media exposure wouldn’t you say?
camper-salt-shakers

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SMEG Takes on a Retro Look

If I were to build my dream kitchen someday, I’ll be sure to fill it with colorful and wow-worthy kitchen appliances. With the vintage look making so much buzz in the design world now and then, SMEG is really going the right path design-wise.
smeg-retro-appliances

The Adorable Puppy Sofa by Monocomplex

It’s no secret especially to my close friends and to those who follow my lifestyle blog, Cher Cabula’s Mindbox, that I’m a huge dog person. Seriously. I live with 13 dogs and we treat them like family. This is why when I saw this Puppy Sofa from Monocomplex, I couldn’t help but take notice.
puppy-sofa

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Needlepoint Make-over for the Eames Aluminum Chair

Just when I thought I’ve seen every re-imagining of modern furniture classics, this gorgeous make-over of the Eames Aluminum Chair is the prettiest I’ve seen yet. It made me think about the embroidery project I did in high school before.
eames-needlepoint

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Philippine International Furniture Show 2014

It’s always exciting and inspiring to see what’s trending in the local furniture industry.  So when I got the invite to attend the Philippine International Furniture Show, I jumped at the chance. It had been so long when I have been exposed to local talent. I wanted to see if we could compete with designers from around the world.PIFS-Creating-Spaces

Melon Mandarin Cushions

The sun is blazing hot outside and for some, summer is that time of the year when it’s cool to be outdoors. If you have a well-kept garden that you can hang out in to entertain friends or just have some “me” time on a lazy afternoon, these melon mandarin cushions made by Link Outdoor Fabrics are perfect.
melon-mandarin-cushions

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Macaron Lamp

Whoever thought that combining such simple materials can gain you pretty results. Well, that was my impression of The Macaron Lamp which was designed by Silvia CeƱal Idarreta. The lamp is made of simple wood and lace.
macaron-lamp

The Slap It Wall Lamp

Have you ever thought of adding something fun and quirky (or k!nky) in your room? When I saw these lights, I was so amused at the concept. Here’s how you light it up. You can either squeeze the butt cheeks or slap it. The Slap It Wall Lamp is the brainchild of Joseph Begley and are available for purchase in his website.
slap-it-light

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Upcoming Philippines International Furniture Show (PIFS)

Can you guess what’s highlighted in my calendar this weekend? Yes as you may have guessed already, I’m going to attend the Philippines International Furniture Shows (PIFS) at the SMX Convention Center. The event will be held from March 14-17.  I’m really excited to see how forthcoming our local designers are when it comes to furniture design. It will be good to know that we can already engage in the internationally competitive market.

Philippine-International-Furniture-Show

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vege_Table Cutting Boards

Whenever it’s my turn to tinker around in the kitchen, I always take command of the smaller wood chopping board that we have. Not only is wood better at keeping bacteria at bay, it also lasts longer. These vegetable cutouts from birch wood will be a cute addition to any kitchen especially if you like to have kids helping out. The vege_table cutting boards were designed by Alessandra Baldereschi.

vege-table-cutting-board

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Color of the Year is Pantone’s Radiant Orchid

*scream*
Okay let me explain myself. My favorite color is orchid, so I’m more than ecstatic to learn that for this year (2014), Pantone has announced that the Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. See it in all its glory below.
pantone-2014-color

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014!

2013 had come and gone and as we welcome the New Year, we get to say goodbye to past design trends and we’re about to welcome new ones. Isn’t it exciting? From what we’ve seen in the past year, we’re still gearing towards sustainability and we’ll probably see more and more green designs in the market. word-quotes

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Design Elementals featuring BLIMS Fine Furniture

Since I graduated from studying interior design, BLIMS Fine Furniture had been a brand known in the furniture industry as one of the best in helping designers to realize their interior concepts and spaces. It is only fitting then that BLIMS Fine Furniture turns to interior designers in a collaboration to introduce and launch their newest collection. To help showcase the best of their new items, they’ve tapped the designing talents of selected designers from the PSID Alumni Association.
The exhibit was dubbed Design Elementals which was inspired by the key elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, Wood, Water and Metal. The group was headed by Mr. Jie Pambid who is also the current Assistant Dean of PSID and Dean of Student Affairs. I had the pleasure of being his student during one of my design review classes for the board exam. He made learning about the history of Interior Design so much more fun. Mr. Pambid had a hand in the selection of the designers for this exhibit.
METAL
Mark Perez took the hard form of metals as his inspiration for his industrial wilderness vignette. He favored the use of hard and soft metals to create a whimsical and modern look.blims-fine-furniture