KINTA ON TOUR
With their cheerful, bright colours they liven up the streets of Manila (and Cebu), but these jeepneys cause a lot of smog and traffic jams in this already desperate traffic chaos
By Philippine standards Frans, with his 6.2 feet, is very tall.
The financial department of this supplier very much wanted to be photographed with this giant from Holland.
Staff at our hotel in Manila was immensely proud of their gym. We thought that their equipment wouldn’t have been out of place in a medieval torture chamber.
Noma, the Danish restaurant, for years voted the world’s best restaurant, serves live ants in the dessert. On the Philippines ants are thought to bring you good luck. You shouldn’t be surprised if you find a swarm of ants walking on your fruit by way of delicacy. If they think it’s sweet enough, it is sweet enough. Enjoy your meal.
Having a wonderful meal with the administrative and production managers of one of our wood producers at Luzon.
Fish, fresh vegetables and fruit. The Filipinos are great cooks and we are always taken good care of when we visit them.
Travel tip: Tell everybody: The very best mangos are grown in the Philippines.
Our furniture is often made from what we call ‘reclaimed wood’. Old window- and doorframes can be very well used for this. We always design them in close cooperation with the wood workshop. There they know best what the possibilities are. Here I am working on the production of a prototype.
In Hanoi you’ll find the best food on the streets among the motor scooters and the always busy traffic.
Surrounded by a thousand other potteries in Bat Trang near Hanoi after a long search we discovered an old family business. Their eighth generation is now going to produce our new ceramics line. Old, but modern: they completely work on the basis of the principle of fair trade.
And suddenly you find yourself in a Philippine workshop between the clotheslines.
The wood is processed while it is still very wet. Therefore it is very important that the products are thoroughly dried before they are finished and packed. For this a drying kiln is needed. It is used several times during the production process.
Packing the orders requires constant attention. It is essential that nothing is packed when it is raining or the atmosphere is too humid. There is the danger of moisture during overseas transport in the boxes. This results in mold and we want to prevent this at any cost.
December 2014. In this photo you see three Delft students, winners of the Fairmind competition award for the best design of Table accessories made of acacia wood, organised by the Dutch Association of World Shops. Together with Kinta the students visit the workplace where the final prototype of their design was produced. Here they are shown around by our Philippine designer.
Travellers on this local bus have a good view of the winning design, here on view at the workplace. The students were very happy with the final ‘look’ of their bowl, which they named ‘Rowl’. It is part of the Kinta collection now.
Nicoline: ‘Hey, why is this box still empty?’ Production planning is often a problem. We were very happy to find that our wood producer has introduced a ‘production monitoring system’ at our suggestion. Everyone at the workplace can now follow the status of a production order. A remarkable step forward.
The wood which has just been delivered is measured together with the supplier to determine the price.
After 300 years domination by Spain, the Philippines came into American hands in 1898. A US governor wanted that all streets were planted with acacias. This determines until today the street scene.
The trees provide shade and style. The fast-growing trees are also planted by the locals along roads as an investment for the future. This is capitalized if the government has given permission for the felling of the tree by a certified wood trader.
This picture says it all. One of the beautiful beaches on the Philippines.
Capiz is a frequently found shell in the Philippine sea. Its use in old houses for windows, for example, is an age old tradition. It is also used in various handicrafts. Kinta has several capiz lines in its range of products. We even make Christmas trees of the raw material.
The Capiz shell is translucent and therefore very suitable for the production of lamps. On Cebu several workplaces are specialized in Capiz lamps. The shells are laced or sewn together with nylon thread. Don’t be surprised if in a restaurant or in your hotel room you find yourself bathing in the light of a huge chandelier made of Capiz.
The Philippines are often struck by natural disasters such as typhoons and volcanic eruptions.
The church in San Fernando was for the most part buried under volcanic ashes after an eruption of the Pinatubo in 1991. The people have grown used to these eruptions over the years, but somehow they have also become stronger.
The Filipinos are cheerful people who prefer to work in a relaxed atmosphere.
Nicoline: If I remember correctly, I’m being laughed at by the men of the production section. I probably offered a totally impossible suggestion.
A local market somewhere on the Philippines: rice, rice and rice once again.