Co-presented by Wilcon Depot and GMA News TV's Home Base , to kick-off the start of Season 14 of the popular home-related series, the first of the RL Style Talks series gathered three industry experts that discussed Modern Filipino design and examined how the nation's growing list of renowned architects, interior designers, and furniture makers were helping revolutionize the Filipino design aesthetic today. The panelists were interior and furniture designer and design educator Wilan Dayrit, designer Grace Moslares ans James Razo.
"At Home Base we featured a lot of Filipino inspired homes. And going into the next level, we also aired stories about modern Filipino homes, by Architect Royal Pineda and Budji Layug. In line with this, we feel that Home Base allows its viewers to embrace not only the Filipino designs but our indigenous materials as well," said Marnie Manicad, Executive Producer and Director of GMA New TV's Home Base.
"Bright newcomers like our featured panelists are doing their part to make sure the Philippines continues to earn acclaim locally ans internationally as a design hub. Our RL Style Talks program will celebrate Filipino artistry and design at its best, offering further evidence of the Philippines' growing influence as design authority," says Real Living associate publisher Tom Castañeda.
Real Living aims to celebrate the nation's growing status as a design hub by launching its RL Style Talks program, a series of special panel discussions on the state of design in the Philippines.
Wilcon has laid a firm foundation in the industry for almost four decade now with the help of our industry and media partners. Having started a partnership with Homebase three years ago and with Real Living last year, Wilcon is looking forward to more years of continuous synergy in informing and bringing clients the newest and best products and service in the market," says Rosemarie Ong, COO of Wilcon.
"RL Talks is an opportunity for our readers and viewers to get to learn about the secrets of design in an attainable and easy-to-understand way," says Rachelle Medina, editor-in-chief of Real Living." It's a chance to know how our designers think and work, and also how trends and styles are created."
THE SPEAKERS PROFILESWilan Dayrit
Wilan graduated cum laude from the College of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Sto. Tomas. He worked as a senior interior designer, stylist, and visual merchandiser for the prestigious firm of Budji Layug. Afterwards, he set up his own design practice and currently teaches design at the University of Sto. Tomas.
An interior design alumna from St. Scholastica's College, Grace worked under various firms before launching her own design company, Magara Interiors, a company that works on residential, commercial, and hospitality interior projects, as well as designs customized pieces for the firm’s clients. Grace is one of Real Living's go-to Real Makeover designers, and has completed almost ten makeovers for the magazine in recent years.
A graduate of the University of the Philippines, James has worked in a variety of roles in the world of design. Along with serving as an interior design consultant, he worked as a set and production designer and visual merchandiser for brands like L’Oreal Paris, Nivea and Philip Morris, as well as projects manager and design supervisor for Grupo Santamaria. James is currently the managing creative director at the Gold Team Design Hub.
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