International lighting trends for 2020 all lean toward more powerful LED bulbs, large-scale sizes, and smart technology. Filipino lighting and lamp designs, however, have been going back to basics, focusing on all-natural, sustainable materials, and forms that range from the simplistic to the dramatically modern.
Recycled paper pulp is put into good, sustainable use for pendant and floor lamps with a rattan or wire frame. CDO Handmade, Masaeco, Tuy Arts and Designs, and That One Piece (TOP) all make use of paper for their lamps.
The biophilic trend focuses on both natural materials and design references in furniture and accessories. Indigenous fibers, wood, a soft, neutral palette, and organic, nature-themed forms (as seen in the Goltrio tree lamp) are key design points in these lamps.
A play on patterns
Classic and traditional patterns and shapes are updated for the next decade in natural materials that are given a unique twist. We love how specific patterns are witty references to the lamp’s brand name or function: Buwan for Artesania’s rustic bedside lamp, fishermen’s net patterns for Coast Pacific. While intricate geometric patterns are used in the Hush-Hush suspension lamps (main photo above), which won them the Katha Award for Best Product Design.
Azcor’s multi-arm chandeliers are still around, but the major lighting brand surprised fair visitors with their simple, individual drum and paper-bag-shaped pendant lamps in a woven material. The latter product even garnered a Katha Awards nomination.
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