Cobonpue received his degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute in New York. He returned home to Cebu, Philippines in 1996 to manage the furniture company founded by his family. Realizing that modern design could have a new face using natural fibers and materials as the medium, he created the pieces which form the collection today. Integrating locally sourced organic materials with innovative hand-made production techniques offers a new alternative to the Western definition of modern design. His innovative work has earned him numerous highly prestigious awards at home and abroad.