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The banig (mat) served as my inspiration for my living room, that and the palette Tradition from Boysen Color Trend 2017, not the colors but more the spirit and feel of the palette. After coming back to the Philippines, I wanted a Modern Rustic vibe for my home in Manila. The banigs came from Bukidnon, and were handwoven by girls. I kick myself for throwing out the tags that came with them because those carried the names of the girls and the patterns they used for the weaves. I enjoy the colors very much, the cheerful mood they give the living room, and the way they bring the look together. Even the orange Milo Baughman chair (circa 1950s) with the chrome frame fits right in! Please watch this video about banig makers in Leyte. From getting the sea grass or buri to the finished mat, it takes a weaver about six…

You’re a proud owner of a cookie cutter, shoebox condo, but you’re a person of drama and passion and quirkiness and…you’re one of a kind, that’s all, and you’d want your condo to be as one-of-a-kind as you are. How hard can it be? Get Big on Personality Whether you own a studio or a one-bedroom unit, which usually ranges in size from 18 to 50 sqm, there are ways you can add personality to any space. The most basic way, and the easiest, is to veer away from the usual white, boxy look, and paint the space with colors that appeal to you even if they’re intense. Are you renting the place? No problem. If you want drama, you can very well afford to paint the walls in colors which are more to your taste, because paint is affordable, and also quick and easy. Dark ≠ Small There’s this…

From September 12 to 17, you will see the palette Tradition of Boysen Color Trend 2017 in the room sets in SM Home’s The Essentials of Condo Living at the Concourse, Ground Floor, SM Makati. The Root of Palette Tradition The palette Tradition hints at the works of weavers and artisans, here and around the world, whose craftsmanship has been handed down to them by their ancestors. Old art forms in fabrics and weaves, like in our banigs, tinalak, inabel, ikat, to name a very few, were the basis for this palette. However, globalization and technological advancements have influenced tastes, so we have given a modern twist to the ethnic palette to make it more relevant to the aesthetics of Filipinos today. See Tradition in SM Home Makati SM Home has four room vignettes that you can go visit now at the Concourse at the Ground Floor in SM Makati. There…

“Wait for us!” I helplessly called out to my younger cousins who were already lost in the maze of colorful blocks, which, up until then, they had only seen on iPad screens while playing Minecraft. Who could blame them for being so eager? Against the pale whites of the mall’s walls and floors, the vibrant fortress that was the Boysen Mix and Match Color Play set-up drew kids and grown-ups alike into a playground of blocks and paint, a free-of-charge opportunity to have some fun and to showcase creativity. A post shared by Boysen Paints Philippines (@boysenpaintsphilippines) on May 30, 2017 at 9:53pm PDT Awaken the Child Walking into the color maze, you’ll find large glass cubes filled with shapes of different colors; once you’ve chosen four, you’ll be lead into an open space with stations of paints and brushes at your disposal. If you’re looking for a way for…

Many of the things that we have now and take for granted are a result of cultural exchange.  Food, religion, and design are being transformed because of influences from one part of the world to another. Culture is a fluid concept that constantly evolves; it is not something static that strictly comes from one source. People began sharing their culture and taking from others as early as the first civilizations in the Middle East. The post-war era of the 50s and 60s saw a re-emergence of cross-cultural influences in the arts. In the world of fashion, this was heralded by the legendary French-Algerian designer Yves Saint Laurent. Yves Saint Laurent 2002 Haute Couture Retrospective Sub-Saharan Africa Yves Saint Laurent left the fashion world in awe after his Spring/Summer collection of 1967. Influenced by the tribes of Sub-Saharan African, he incorporated wooden beads, raffia (a type of palm tree native to Central Africa), bangles, and traditional…

If you are Filipino and a Roman Catholic (which is about 85% of the population), Holy Week is an important time. Holy Week in the Philippines is also known as Mahal na Araw or Semana Santa, and takes place from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, or from April 9 to 15 this year. Traditions and rituals abound — in religious observance, behavior, practices, activities, even food. The life, suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ is told in various ways from north to south of the country. We find it fitting to have one of the palettes of Color Trend 2017 called Tradition to represent Holy Week. Have a blessed Holy Week. Download the Boysen Color Trend 2017 brochure.

Boysen launched Color Trend 2017 last week in the Interior & Design Manila at the SMX Convention Center. You will see it again in Worldbex on March 15 to 19 at the World Trade Center. For this week, we are focusing on Tradition, a palette of rich but muted colors of green, brown, blue and red. The inspiration comes from vernacular concepts of beauty which have been redefined through time and technological manufacturing advancements of materials. For example, what may once have been a humble weave pattern by a tribe may now be incorporated into a distinctively modern design and used as a contemporary exclusive fabric for a sofa, a lampshade, or even a carpet. The design possibilities are many. Using this palette is a bold statement, a celebration of roots, history and tradition, hence its name. You may be the type to fearlessly splash the colors all around your…