Tawid: Design Beyond Borders


The BS Interior Design program of the University of the Philippines Diliman has a long history of creating service and advocacy-integrated projects for a chosen foundation. Each year, under the course ID 179: Special Project in Interior Design, the graduating class undertakes a renovation project for the benefit of an advocacy-driven foundation. This project is meant to give students a taste of the design profession while staying rooted in the UP values of honor, excellence, and service for the greater good.

This year, however, the UP Interior Design Class of 2017 takes on a new approach with their project entitled TAWID: Design Beyond Borders, a design and mass production project. Under the supervision of Dr. Raquel B. Florendo, this daring group of thirty individuals chose to create a product line of multi-use furniture and accessories for the benefit of Tulay ng Kabataan, a foundation that caters to the care of the poorest of the poor, the neglected and abandoned street children of Metro Manila.

TAWID: Design Beyond Borders aims to elevate the quality of life and growth of the children through the provision of distinct furniture pieces and interactive accessories designed primarily for them. The project is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to bridge the gap between basic needs and a better future for the children.

The pieces will be exhibited at the Main Hall of the Bulwagan ng Dangal in UP DIliman from April 19-28, 2017. Everyone is invited to view the pieces and learn more about the evolution of the project.

You can also help the UP Interior Design Class of 2017 achieve their goal by showing your support on social media. Like and follow their Facebook page at fb.com/upinteriordesign.2017 or follow their Instagram account @upinteriordesign.2017

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