Art, Design, and Convivial Company: A Purposeful Gathering - Arts & Culture

Creatives, collectors, and connoisseurs gathered together over a collective love for aesthetics and contributing to a worthy cause at gavel&block ‘art+design’ preview party last January 26. 

Welcoming individuals celebrated in their respective fields in art and design, the event was attended by arbiters of taste JJ Acuna, Ria Augousti, Ram Lopez Bucoy, Tesa Celdran, Cecile Ravelas, Stephen Morrison; and fashion and style icons Myrza Sison, Liza Ilarde, and Joann Bitagcol among many others. 

Also present were BBDO Chairman and Chief Creative Officer David Guerrero, and Pepsico Inc. Corporate Affairs Head Anne-Marie Corominas, the prime movers of Project Re-Dew, a fundraising campaign for the rebuilding of Siargao Island after the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) last December 2021. BBDO Guerrero Creative Directors Nikki Sunga and Andi Obles conceptualized, designed, and transformed wooden wreckage from the typhoon, binding them with neon resin from upcycled PET bottles. Five ‘Scrapboards’ were meticulously created, each uniquely representing an iconic location in Siargao and symbolizing hope and recovery of the island. 

Project Re-Dew Scrapboards Fundraising Project transformed wreckage into art
Project Re-Dew Scrapboards Fundraising Project transformed wreckage into art | Image courtesy of Salcedo Auctions

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‘art+design’ has always been a haven for collectors looking for classic, modern, and contemporary Philippine and international art, décor, furniture, fine prints, crystal, porcelain, silver, jewelry, watches, designer accessories and valuable maps and books. 

Chiquita Stool, Kenneth Cobonpue
Chiquita Stool, Kenneth Cobonpue | Image courtesy of Salcedo Auctions

Asked for her favorite piece, Paris and Manila design maven Ria Augousti was eyeing several of the sculptural chairs. Myrza Sison was drawn to Romeo Tabuena’s works. Interior decorator Ram Lopez Bucoy was considering decorative pieces for his various projects; while Cecile Ravelas, founder of RED Interior Design, had her eyes on choice art pieces for a resort project.  

"Watermelon" by Romeo Tabuena
“Watermelon” by Romeo Tabuena | Image courtesy of Salcedo Auctions

Their selections are in fact among this forthcoming online auction’s top picks, which include masterpieces from modern and contemporary artists, such as Juvenal Sansó, Dominic Rubio, Oscar Zalameda, Jose Joya, Fernando Zobel, Lydia Velasco, Ramon Orlina, and Napoleon Abueva. Kenneth Cobonpue’s creations take center stage among the contemporary furniture, while Tiffany & Co., Daum, and Baccarat shine the brightest among the impressive crystal decor. The collection also has porcelain and designer accessories by Hermès; and jewelry and watches by Cartier and Audemars Piguet.

Nº4 Hippomobile dessert plates by Hermés
Nº4 Hippomobile dessert plates by Hermés | Image courtesy of Salcedo Auctions

The gavel&block ‘art+design’ online auction will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11am. Visit the in-person preview at Salcedo Auctions, NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City from 9AM to 5PM, Tuesdays to Saturdays. For inquiries, email [email protected] or phone +632 8 8230956 | +63 917 591 2191.

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Consignments to the March ‘The Well Appointed Life’ auction are now being accepted via For further inquiries, send an email to [email protected] or phone +639175912191.

Banner photo courtesy of Salcedo Auctions.

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