The reINVENTion of Materials

The world of bookish invention is passé.
The time now belongs to the Re-inventors.

People who see the past and yet also clearly grasp what could be.  Not unlike Michaelangelo, where others see a rock, he saw the lines of the Pietà.  Where others see a simple pen, Jose Rizal saw a weapon.  Where others see chunks of wood, a re-inventor sees a whimsical ant carrying its workload.  See for yourself these re-inventive wonders!  The exhibit lasts until November.

TRIP product by Dipolog and Cebu

CRAFT+25@Dashboard is an unveiling that such people are within each creative Filipino.  That Philippine crafts with an “indigenius” twist is very much a reality.  There has been a rejuvenating re-invention happening into our conventional banig and slipper trade.



In a collaborative effort between DTI Region 7, The Design Center of the Philippines and district32 – the Travel Retail Immersion Program (TRIP) was born.  And yes, you may be familiar with their creations if you have been to the airport.  Under the tutelage of Cebuano designer and district32’s Chief Reinvention Officer Butch Carungay, simple and common crafts—infused with an element of design manipulation—were reborn into boutique items seen in a new light.  Small, micro and medium enterprises (SME) now have a hub where materials, innovation, insight and inspiration can be gained.

CRAFT+25@Dashboard is housed at the Materials Innovation Centre (MATIC) in DOST 7 Banilad Science and Technology Complex. The facility was launched by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) through the Design and Technology Fusion for Materials Innovation Project (De-Tech Fusion) supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST 7).

De-Tech Fusion is a spin-off of ECCP’s Materials R+D program that aims to help SME’s in their product research and development.

MATIC has a Materials Library with a collection of around 450 materials swatches from furniture and creative industries all over Visayas; books and references not available in the Philippines; bamboo crafts from South Korea; handiworks of Chiang Mai and Vietnam; and imagery from Cebu’s animation students project a vision of what the Filipino re-inventors’ effect can be in the next 25 years.

Much is still left to be discovered, but learning to re-invent is the way of this century.

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