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Vitto Selma

 

Since 2006, Vito Selma has dabbled in different aspects of furniture design. Starting out as Creative Director for Stonesets International Inc. ®, he worked his way to the Head Design Director post before finally taking on Vito Selma® as a separate and independent brand. Vito’s formal background in design began when he enrolled at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he had a short stint. The year 2011 brought Vito learning opportunities that veered on more than the usual. A move to Milan, Italy allowed him to pursue his Masters in Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design, where he graduated in 2012. The months during and after his studies really allowed Vito to form a distinct voice in furniture design. However, the designer is quick to mention that he is merely the sum of everyone that he has been fortunate enough to work with, along with their aesthetics, of course. Notable mentors include Debbie Palao whose work he credits as the pieces that made him want to become a designer; George Haast, who taught him about balance and composition; and Raffaella Mangiarotti, who he claims is responsible for his evolution into a “global” designer. Other mentors that Vito is grateful to have attended workshops with include the Campana Brothers and Spanish Studio Cul De Sac. Awards to Vito’s credit include the Industrial Design Award in the 2010 DOST National Invention Contest for the Geo Table and Best Design for Material Innovation at the Cebu Next 2010 show for the Wrinkle Lamp, to name a few. In 2013, the designer was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Vito’s work has also been featured in international publications such as Elle Décor, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Living Australia, Habitat (South Africa) and Architectural Digest in Mexico. With the number of accomplishments under his belt, one would think that Vito Selma would be content, but he continually strives to move and restructure, armed with the vision of always presenting something new and innovative into the familiar