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Facing the Sulu Sea, the Philippines’ Coron Island is home to a variety of unique ecological features. It’s the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands of the country’s Palawan province and is part of a larger municipality of the same name. Coron is a mountainous island and has become known for the Japanese shipwrecks that can be found in its waters from World War II. It’s also the ancestral domain of the Tagbanua indigenous group, who are primarily fishermen. Adventurous tourists come from all over the world to explore these dive sites and snorkel in the calm, clear waters. These unbeatable views have led to Coron Island being listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world. Bring some inspiration from the Philippines into your own abode with these three pieces.


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To create this beautiful chandelier, craftsmen start with genuine Philippine capiz in an uncommon, naturally occurring light color. The iridescent wafers are cut away from their shells by hand, placed into a smoker – the secret to their final, lustrous champagne-gold tone – then strung by hand in layers onto a frame hand-gilded in champagne tones. The craftsmen who work with the shells use techniques that have been taught in Philippine fishing villages for generations. $2,239.20, available from Ethan Allen (ethanallen.com)


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This Bohlend cabinet is a true work of art with many functions. The cabinet not only features an interior storage drawer with a felt liner, teak veneer surfaces and adjustable tempered glass shelves but also has an antiqued mirror back panel and an LED touch light with a three-way setting. Its eye-catching design of hand-cut gingko-leaf marquetry is made of mappa veneer and is perfectly contrasted by the solid teak construction and solid brass hardware. $10,990, available from Wilson Lighting (wilsonlighting.com)


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The history of weaving in the Philippines is long and deeply rooted. Since ancient times, abundant native plants in the highlands and the low marshes have provided a wealth of fibers to the skilled local craftsmen and craftswomen who knew how to extract them from the leaves, stems and roots. Today’s artisans use such age-old techniques to create this rugged and refined stool of lampakanay and abaca. Each one is woven by hand. $423, available from Ethan Allen (ethanallen.com)

Robyn is LN's digital editor and a staff writer. Proud alumna of Notre Dame High School in St. Louis and Eastern Illinois University. Avid coffee drinker, dog lover, concertgoer and word nerd.

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