The third of eight children, international designer of furniture and interiors Antonio “Budji” Layug studied at the New York School of Interior Design.
Budji spent years travelling the world, expanding his understanding of foreign culture, art and design. Upon his return to the Philippines, Budji began to explore his native country’s landscape. In the mid- seventies, on a beach, Budji was fascinated by the skill of two men building a traditional bamboo outrigger canoe. Budji began to design furniture that incorporated traditional techniques and indigenous organic materials such as pandan, bamboo and Philippine hardwoods to create sleek, elegant and thoroughly post- colonial pieces. Budji’s extensive travel provided a wide range of aesthetics and experiences to select from.
His background as space planner and interior designer has given him a highly developed sense of interior and exterior space. He insists each design fits into both.
Budji’s reputation as an extraordinary artist stems from his holistic approach to design. He combines both state of the art technologies and his own contemporary furniture designs with an eclectic mix of art and antiques from all over the world.
His fame as a furniture designer largely stemmed from his commitment to organic forms and materials, especially those found in his native Philippines. His fresh interpretation of those forms into uniquely modern designs. In designing furniture, Budji is as devoted to craftsmanship and detailing as he is to function and design.