PSID Exhibit 2012 – GABAY: Dibuhong Umaakay

Gabay: Dibuhong Umaakay

Last Wednesday, among the afternoon hustle and bustle of EDSA, I found my way to this year’s PSID exhibit. I came with the expectation of improvement from last year’s exhibit (which I also happen to have been part of), Jak En Poy.

Was my expectation met?

Last year’s exhibit was centered on sustainable design, taking the environment into consideration. This year, it is centered on accessible design, revolving around the physically challenged.

In terms of significance, it’s definitely a tie. But I praise this year’s graduating batch for the exceptionally well-researched booths they exhibit, as well as the fact that most of them based their designs on mock clients.

What does GABAY: Dibuhong Umaakay mean?

These are the meanings of each Filipino term used in the title of the exhibit

  • GABAY – Handrail; Guide
  • Dibuho – Sketch; Pattern, Design, Drawing, Figure
  • Akay – Guidance

My best guess is that it translates: HANDRAIL: Guiding Design.

And what is it all about anyway?

Thanks to the billboard-sized placard by the entrance to the exhibiting booths:

Philippine School of Interior Design and the Graduating Batch of 2012 explore the healing properties of the home as they design livable spaces for the visually impaired, the hearing impaired, the orthopedically challenged and the elderly. The challenge is to design rooms that will assist these individuals in their habitats, assuring their safety while providing function, comfort and style.

The focus of the exhibit is on how interior design can be a palliative, therapeutic and restorative solution to make their life and lifestyle one of ease, comfort, style and beauty.

GABAY: Dibuhong Umaakay centers on residential spaces. It is categorized into four main areas: Tanaw for the visually impaired, Dinig for the hearing impaired, Tindig for the orthopedically challenged and Galaw for the elderly.

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I’d say the booths designed for the elderly must have been the easiest to design, the ones for the orthopedically challenged second easiest, and those for the visually and hearing impaired the hardest.

A variety of design styles were touched such as industrial, rustic contemporary, shabby chic, contemporary classic, Asian, Filipino, Scandinavian and many more, and a fusion of some.

As all exhibits, some were exceptionally great, some were okay, and some were, for a lack of a better description, below average.

But just as I discussed with an exhibiting student: designing as students, the sky’s the limit, and so it is with the budget. As creatives, it is easy to go overboard with creativity. Some corners of a space may look nice individually, such as portrayed in perspectives. But when every corner of a space looks like the focal point, they clash when put together, which then results into something that’s a little bit too much.

Exhibiting interiors is definitely a great learning experience for every interior design student, if one so decides to participate and be part of the whole process, of course. One learns to budget, to deal with contractors and construction workers, to understand the process of executing design, and the greatest of all — to see one’s design come to life.

Setting aside the fact that PSID has reputable professors (all of which are active in the industry practicing interior design while some, both architecture and interior design), most students choose PSID over other colleges that offer Interior Design because of the reputation they have—a reputation supported greatly by the annual exhibits of their graduating batches.

One factor doesn’t get spoken about in the open, though, and that is the budget. Every student has to contribute at least Php 50,000—more than a thousand dollars. Exhibiting groups have an average of five members. By this, it is not hard to figure out the average cost of each booth.

The students would have spent so much more had they not gotten sponsors for murals, appliances, bathroom & kitchen fixtures, lighting, tiles and others. Given the students’ time, effort, money, sweat and tears, it is quite sad that it will all be torn down after just one month of opening.

In spite of this sad truth, the students will be left with a wonderful experience that will strengthen and mold them into better designers.

Don’t forget to pay a visit and vote on the three top booths of your choice (!) :

GABAY: Dibuhong Umaakay
Supersale Exhibit Hall, SM North EDSA | 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Only until October 31, 2012! 

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