The Walt Disney Company and beloved American sci-fi franchise Star Wars have joined forces. Kenneth Cobonpue, famed Filipino industrial designer, delivered a new Star Wars collection for the Disney Company in the Philippines based on George Lucas’ galactic pop-cultural phenomenon.
While the already-vast Star Wars universe seems to be growing annually, Cobonpue recalls watching the films himself in the 70’s and chooses to focus on classic star wars icons, as in the cocoon-like Vader and woven Imperial Wings armchairs. This collection definitely panders to big fans of the epic science fiction series. Here to have a close look at it !
VADER Easy Armchair
Featuring a foldable swivel table and an open weave canopy, this easy armchair is equally at home in a host of settings. Darth Vader’s mask, achieved through meticulous stitching, peers out from this private nook. It offers a cozy space in which to have a cup of tea and plan your next scheme to conquer the Rebel Alliance.
SIDIOUS Easy Armchair
To embody Darth Sidious, this easy armchair’s backrest is elevated to resemble a hood, and its legs curve slightly forward. The silhouette is elegant, while simultaneously capturing the Sith Lord’s powerful and formidable presence.
IMPERIAL WINGS Easy Armchair
“We wanted to incorporate the essence of each Star Wars character into the designs, while staying true to our aesthetic and process of creating by hand…Finding the balance was a bit of a challenge, but it was also a lot of fun.” – Kenneth Cobonpue
Imperial Wings is inspired by the unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet, the TIE fighter. This easy armchair that features hand-woven polyethylene is your very own ace fighter. Capturing the agility and strength of the iconic starfighter, it tells out your great ambitions.
CHEWIE Rocking Stool
The brown microfiber strips are wrapped with a fabric belt to emulate Chewbacca and his bandolier. The playfulness of this rocking stool reflects the big heart of the legendary Wookiee warrior and loyal comrade of Han Solo.
LITTLE JEDI Hanging Lamp
Little Jedi is a sculptural composition of steel. Its handmade salago fiber adds volume and body. The hanging lamp’s light source is ingeniously designed from these light sabers held by Jedi Knights. The one red figurine symbolizes a Sith Lord whom the Jedi’s battle against. It’s a playful reminder of what we can achieve when people unite and work together.
This Disney-Cobonpue collaboration secures the world of Star Wars fans and bring a “galaxy far, far away” some light years closer. It joins an important moment globally, as storytellers around the world pursue greater inclusivity, and ways to connect with more diverse and further flung audiences, especially in narratives imported from abroad.