Works of renowned Filipino designers are currently showcased in the Taiwan Design Expo 2014 – Kenneth Cobonpue, Ann Pamintuan, Dem Bitantes and Ina Gaston. The expo was originally scheduled to run from August 1 to 17 only but due to public demand, the expo has been extended until August 31, 2014.
The Taiwan Design Expo, now on its 12th year, is holding the expo in the east of Taiwan at Taitung City. The expo is organized by the Industrial Development Bureau and Ministry of Economic Affairs, and is managed by Taiwan Design Center. This year’s theme is "Open Design".
The expo has 10 exhibition halls – two main pavilions and eight smaller exhibition halls. The two main pavilions are called "Green Island Hotel" and "Kungtang Department Store". The “Green Island Hotel” features different interior design concepts by renowned Taiwanese architects and designers incorporating green designs and materials. The second main pavilion called "Kungtang Department store" showcased collection of furniture and traditional art crafts from Taitung, Japan, the Philippines and France. The mélange of architectural and industrial designs from around the world and the display of exquisite and delicate techniques are very evident in the show.
The Taiwan Design Exhibition, since it began last 2003, has been the biggest design exhibition in Taiwan. The cumulative number of visitors to the expo has already breached the 4 million mark – counting both foreign and local visitors. In terms of media coverage, the number of media reports increased to a high of 776 in 2013. This year, it is estimated that the exhibition will attract more than 150 thousand visitors.
Earlier this year, the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and the Taiwan Design Center (TDC) signed a memorandum of understanding to foster closer cooperation and joint undertakings between the two design institutions. As a direct result of the MOU, the Design Center of the Philippines was invited by the Taiwan Design Center to participate in this year’s exhibition which also marks the 40th anniversary of TDC.
This project is a joint collaboration of the Design Center of the Philippines, the four designers, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center – Taipei.For more information: http://designexpo.org.tw/?page_id=6831