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The Una Cebu Car’s Swirling Exterior is Crafted from Coconut Flower Stalks and Other Local Materials
Posted By Charley Cameron On February 15, 2012 @ 8:33 am In carousel showcase,Green Transportation,News,Recycled Materials | No Comments
When Clayton Tugonon  set about creating his classy Una Cebu Car from locally sourced natural and recycled materials, he wanted to demonstrate to other Filipino designers the potential beauty and utility of their local resources. Modeled after a 1959 Porsche  356, Una Cebu Car’s dashboard is fashioned from a blend of sea shells, while the spiraling exterior is crafted from the stalks of coconut flowers  — an abundant material in a country that produces 19,500,000 tonnes of coconuts each year. The car took roughly nine months to complete, and was debuted at least year’s Fame Exhibit  in Manila.
Image © Traveling Morion 
Tugonon is a furniture designer by trade, the president of Classical Geometry  and a member of Filipino Design Group Movement-8 . In an interview late last year  he noted that other designers in the Phillipines often order timber from Myanmar, or veneer from Italy, while in his practice he aims to make use of recycled and natural materials local to Cebu. In doing so he not only showcases the local resources in beautiful, high end pieces, but he cuts down on the damaging environmental cost of producing and transporting lumber. Beyond cars crafted from coconuts, the designer has also fashioned lounge chairs  from twigs and rattan round core, and lamps from surprisingly iridescent dried  termite mounds .
The car’s designer believes that this is the first auto made from materials indigenous to Cebu, the principal city on an island 700 kilometers from the Filipino Capital . Given the novelty of the car’s fabric, it may be safe to assume that it holds a few other ‘firsts’, too.
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 Clayton Tugonon: http://www.deefusion.com/designer/clayton-tugonon.2.html
 Porsche: http://inhabitat.com/porsche-unveils-brand-new-boxster-e-electric-car/
 coconut flowers: http://inhabitat.com/ford-investigates-coconuts-as-replacement-for-petroleum-in-car-parts/
 Fame Exhibit: http://www.manilafame.com/en/
 Traveling Morion: http://morionworld.blogspot.com/2012/01/morions-photo-travel-diary-food-places.html
 Classical Geometry: http://www.classicalgeometry.com/profile.php
 Movement-8: http://www.travelintelligence.com/travel-writing/movement-8
 interview late last year: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2011/10/11/running-butay-184471
 lounge chairs: http://www.justychair.com/2011/02/lo-rider-lounge-chair-by-clayton-tugonon-for-snug-furniture/
 dried: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/261685/1/.html
 termite mounds: http://www.cebunext.com/gallery_detail.php?id=9&image_id=38
 Filipino Capital: http://inhabitat.com/gommadesign-coral-city-eco-village/
 Sustainable Cities Collective: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/
 Handpicked by Ron and Chris: http://handpickedbyronandchris.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-they-live-cebu-cebu-sm-city-cebu.html
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