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Monday, May 20, 2013

Fifty years from now: Kenneth Cobonpue

Kenneth Cobonpue
Kenneth Cobonpue (1968- ) is a furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu City, Philippines. He graduated with highest honors from Pratt Institute in New York with a degree in industrial design. Before graduating, he worked as an apprentice in a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy. In 1994 he received a scholarship to study furniture marketing and production in Germany before launching his own company. He now has locations in the Philippines, the United States and in Germany.

Although he uses many materials in his designs, he is known for his use of sustainable organic material such as abaca, bamboo, buri and rattan. While these are materials that are commonly used in Asia, Cobonpue uses them to produce his distinctive contemporary furniture.

He has won five Japan Good Design Awards, the grand prize at the Singapore International Design Competition, the Design for Asia Award of Hong Kong, the American Society of Interior Design Top Pick selection and the French Coup de Coeur award.

His designs have been featured in countless international publications and have appeared in films and television, such as Oceans Thirteen and CSI. Among his clients are Hollywood celebrities and royalty. I predict he will still be as popular fifty years from now.

From and

Rattan outdoor furniture

Voyage bed

Tilt seating

Manolo outdoor seating

Wave dining table

Bloom chair (with Juniper shelving in background)

Rapunzel seating

Rattan chair and ottoman


  1. You keep up coming with these most interesting posts, Dana!

    1. Ton S. from I dream lo-tech deserves the credit for this post. He told me about the designer a few days ago, and I'm so glad he did!

  2. What quirky and original furniture. I love it when people bring a new slant to something traditional like rattan furniture.

    1. Just when you thought you'd seen everything that could be done with ratton, someone like this comes along with a brand new twist. Really cool, huh?

  3. This came out sooner than I thought, I was on the road this weekend and almost missed it. Thanks, Dana!