One of the “Rising Asian Talents” who was featured in the first Maison et Objet Asia, Lilianna Manahan’s design aesthetic is a combination of the artistic environment she grew up around and the world of her imagination. Lilianna combined her technical knowledge as a cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines with a year in Central Saint Martins and many workshops mentored by designers such as Fabio Novembre.
As her pieces straddle both functional and decorative purposes, Lilianna’s work combines them both to produce functional pieces that are embellished with her unique aesthetic of clean, humorous and bold objects. The intricate details that Lilianna specializes in are apparent in her works in brass and ceramic. Lilianna’s steady rise in the design industry started while designing under Kenneth Cobonpue’s accessories arm Hive where she produced the Float lamp. Her fist public show Omelette showcased her hand painted ostrich eggs with snippets of her curious creative mind. Her sell out show Funktion showcased more of her organic whimsical creatures that took on functional forms. She has since been chosen as one of the young designers at Red Box in Manila FAME that aims to develop up and coming Filipino designers. In 2014, she was chosen as one of the Rising Asian Talents in the first Maison et Object to be held in Asia.
Lilianna lives and works in Manila, Philippines