Some of the most iconic objects of the 20th century, a Paul Smith Mini Cooper, in one room. Photos by David Celdran
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Over 200 iconic objects from 20th century design are on display in this BGC showroom

There is much to see in this rare gathering of the best in world design. 
ANCX Staff | Nov 15 2020

Fans of modernist design will have a field day admiring the beauty and genius of some of the most iconic objects of the 20th century in an ongoing exhibition at the CWC Interiors showroom in BGC. 

The CWC show is a collaboration with Midcentury Manila. Photo by David Celdran

Over 200 objects composed of chairs, lamps, clocks, tables, and radio are on display, including selections from Midcentury Manila, the social media platform specializing in selling and showcasing mid century furniture, and collectors like Julius Babao who lent his Frank Gehry chair, and Feli and Kim Atienza who lent their Warren Platner Easy Chair. There’s even a Paul Smith Mini Cooper. 

The Lor Calma Stork Chair. Photo by David Celdran

Amidst the wealth of objects created by Western designers, the show pays tribute to the brilliance of a true modernist: the Filipino Lor Calma. Mr. Calma’s Stork chair made of woven leather designed in 1988 sure looks in perfect company with the rest of the treasures on show. The Iconic & Exotic Exhibit is a collaboration between CWC Interiors—the 10-year old retail brand in the Philippines representing such international titans as Herman Miller, Vitra, Magis and Walter Knoll—and Midcentury Manila. 

Left: Cross check chair by Frank Gehry, from the collection of Julius Babao. Right: The Talieslin 1 origami chair by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by David Celdran.

The show was put together to raise more awareness on the value of good design and to introduce these iconic objects to a broader audience. Other contributing collectors are Architect Sarah Canlas, Kerwin Lo, Bernie Paras Gan, Kristoff Vidal, Fred Yuson, Tin Bonares, Agnes Sauler, Thor Mutuc, and Monique Teodoro.

Visit @cwcinteriorsph on Instagram for information on how to schedule a visit. 

The exhibit also includes lamps (like the Isamu Noguchi light scultpture at left), radios, and tables. Photos by David Celdran