Bernardo Urbina up-cycles waste material into high end furniture
Growing up in Costa Rica Bernardo Urbina fell in love with up-cycling waste material into a thoughtful designed products. He decided to pursue his passion by studying “Industrial Design” at Pratt Institute. He continued his career by designing high end furniture in Soho, New York City. There he worked closely with the distinguished furniture designer John Haushmand. Bernardo continued his studies by relocating to Milan, Italy—yet another design haven. There he earned a Master’s degree in “Industrial Design for Architecture,” which opened the door to exhibition design. He began designing booths for Salone di Mobile, 100% Design in London, Trennale Design Museum in Milan, and several others.
Recognizing his strength in designing furniture, hand-held products, and user interface, Bernardo moved to Cebu City, Philippines, considered by many to be the “Mecca for furniture production.” Where he worked as a senior designer for prestigious Filipino designer Vito Selma. Currently, he is the Designer and founder of Bernardo Urbina Design, where he developed Tacloban Prevails a furniture line that partners with victims of the Typhoon Haiyan to give their scrap wood new life. His dedication to exploring new material treatment methods of wood, metal, and rope drives him to evolve and create progressively.
Bernardo’s work begins with his positive energy and his desire to improve quality of life. To achieve this goal he understands the importance of being open to input and criticism from team members. This approach cultivates personal growth as a designer and results in a better final product.