Rowena de Jesus’ journey in handcraft took her from exporting handmade paper products (through her company, Spring Sheets Inc., founded in 1996) to the world of home furnishings and decor with the launch of That One Piece ten years later. With the new company, Rowena initially produced lamps before branching out to small furniture, and home accessories.
Together with her husband Jose, Rowena shaped her company’s design credo rooted to handcraft techniques and natural materials. “We use mainly paper, rattan and bamboo,” Rowena said, “and everything is handmade.”
The new collection, marketed under a Rowena’s new brand name, Liha by That One Piece, reflected the company’ rustic yet modern vibe. Its creators, however, conveyed a whimsical narrative that gave the pieces their charm.
At the fair, a colony of bee sconces decorate a wall; nearby, colorful bee hive drop lights anchor a setting. Rowena’s own designs - bamboo bird cages accented with fabric strips - complete the mood and look the company has become known for.
The new collection’s aesthetics is strikingly different from the past collaborative projects. Somehow, they all remain cohesive due to Rowena’s discipline in terms of technique and materiality. “Everything is handmade,” Rowena explained, “so it still feels rustic, even if the design is modern.”
Top photo: Bamboo bird cages with fabric accents, design by Rowena de Jesus.