As we add the final details to the Las Mareas Villas, I felt it important to put the spotlight on Filipino furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who supplied a significant portion of the furniture for our six villas.
The approach Cobonpue takes to furniture design echoes the philosophy of Las Mareas and our architect’s theory that the villa design should integrate locally sourced materials with fine craftsmanship to exist in harmony alongside the natural environment.
Becasuse Cobonpue’s philosophy complements Las Mareas so well, his work was a natural choice when it came time to select the furniture for our villas. In addition, Cobonpue hails from the Philippines, so his work features an innate tropical flavor fitting seamlessly with the villa’s Pacific Rim theme – Note: All the remaining furniture in the villa is directly imported from Bali, Indonesia.
If you visit Cobonpue’s website, you can view his many collections including the “Suzy Wong” collection, which is the specific line used in the Las Mareas Villas. The “Suzy Wong” furniture collection focuses on intricate Southeast Asian woven rattan and simple, yet elegant, statement pieces.
Cobonpue’s website describes the “Suzy Wong” collection: “Reminiscent of oriental period styles, the Suzy Wong collection fuses traditional eastern sensibilities with modern design principles. Made from traditional materials such as lampakanai abaca, rattan and wood, Suzy Wong exudes sophistication using the traditional and the natural.”
Stylish with an emphasis on nature… A perfect fit for the villas at Las Mareas.
Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-award winning furniture designer who speaks on Southeast Asian design across the world. He studied Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York and boasts a list of celebrity clients such as Brad Pitt and members of the royal family. In 2007, TIME Magazine called him, “rattans first virtuoso.”