• Jessica Kienle Maxwell

    Jessica Kienle Maxwell is a Swiss-Filipino furniture designer based in Manila, Philippines. She was immersed in the world of furniture-making and interior design from a young age, as a result of being raised by furniture designers and manufacturers.

    Throughout time, Jessica’s passion for arts and design grew stronger and she knew this would be the industry she would some day excel in. She eventually pursued her studies in interior design at ESAT (Ecole Superieure des Arts et des Techniques) in Paris, France, and completed her course at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

    Jessica later moved to San Francisco where she worked for several interior design firms before finally deciding to move back to Manila in September 2012 to help with her family business, Philux.

    Philux is a 35-year old furniture manufacturer and retailer, which was founded by her parents Max and Zelda Kienle. The company specializes in solid wood furniture, ranging from classic to contemporary designs.

    Jessica currently works full-time as Philux’s head designer and visual merchandiser, where she balances her days working from their workshop and visiting their showrooms across Metro Manila.

    Jessica’s six years away from home were her most formative years. They taught her numerous things about herself, life and the direction she saw herself heading. She came home with a new outlook, equipped with a new set of skills, and was ready to take on the challenge of spearheading the research and development department in their company. 

    Outside of work, Jessica loves to travel. She loves exploring new places and getting c lost in translation. She also loves discovering new cultures through their local cuisines. Wherever she travels to, she always keeps Philux at the back of her mind and takes mental notes or photos of things that inspire her. Often times, these things end up being the inspirations to Philux's new collections.

    Inspiration comes from everywhere, and in all kinds of forms. Everyone has their own perspective and unique way of seeing the world. Welcome to Jessica’s point of view, as she shares her stories and finds with all of you. 




    Love That Grows

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 01/02/2018 • 0 comments

     Everyone will experience different kinds of love all throughout their lives. As a child, your first experience of love is the love you have for your parents. It’s the first time in your life that you...

    'O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree'

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 17/11/2017 • 0 comments

     Photo: HTVW Home  They say that the two most stressful times in one's life is having a baby and moving into a new place. Well I did both--not just in the same year, but in the same month. Not the bes...

    The Devil Actually Wears Prada - Part 1

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 05/05/2017 • 0 comments

       I want to share a personal story with you about a summer internship I had back in 2009. This short stint was one of the highlights of my work experiences abroad, and changed the way I perceived the...

    Greens, please!

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 31/03/2017 • 0 comments

       There is quite a big difference when you step into a home that has greens, and when you step into a home that doesn’t have any. Of course, it is also a question of preference and what look or vibe ...

    Art Fair Philippines 2017

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 24/02/2017 • 0 comments

    Photo: Art Fair Philippines 2017 The Art Fair Philippines is back for it’s fourth year! And it seems like every time I visit, it just keeps getting better and better. Located at the LINK car park in A...

    The Divine Feminine

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 17/02/2017 • 0 comments

      Curated by Teresa Herrera and Kana Manglapus, this all women exhibition explores the themes of Femininity, the Woman and the Divine, and how it connects us to Creation, Love, Nature, Celebration, De...

    Color of The Year

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 20/01/2017 • 0 comments

     The Pantone Color of the Year is... *drumroll*... "GREENERY"! A vibrant bright green that makes you think of buds of fresh leaves sprouting from the soil in the springtime. A zesty colored green, som...

    A Luxurious Kiwi Retreat

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 20/12/2016 • 0 comments

     It took my husband and I some time to decide on where to go for our honeymoon. We juggled back and forth several ideas -- do we want to go somewhere hot or cold? Discover a city or go somewhere more ...

    Fun & Creative Christmas Decorations

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 09/12/2016 • 0 comments

     Hello, December... it’s my favourite time of the year once again! The month of festivities, dinner parties and guilt-free eating. How wonderful... Except for the part about last-minute Christmas shop...

    Wallpaper Obsession

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 18/11/2016 • 0 comments

     I’ve always had a thing for wallpaper. I love how it can immediately dress up a room and make a space feel alive. Sometimes, it even tells a story. It all depends on your personal taste, and how far ...

    Bali Weekend Getaway

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 28/10/2016 • 0 comments

    Earlier this month, I went on an all girl's trip to Bali to celebrate a friend's bachelorette. The last time I had been to Bali was two years ago with my husband to attend a friend’s wedding. That tim...

    My Restaurant Picks

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 06/10/2016 • 0 comments

    A friend had asked me the other day for recommendations of restaurants in Manila that have great food and a great ambiance. She has some guests that are visiting from out of town, and wants to take th...

    Reclaimed Wood Ideas

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 23/09/2016 • 0 comments

      Do you have some reclaimed wood sitting around and just can’t figure out what to do with it? Or maybe you’ve been looking for that special accent piece but just can't seem to find the right one? Wel...

    10 Tips: Designing Your New Home

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 14/09/2016 • 0 comments

     Designing a new home can be fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and oftentimes stressful. Many times you just don’t know where or how to begin! Everyone works differently and has their ...

    The Jaime Beriestain Experience

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 01/07/2016 • 0 comments

      It is rare to come across a lifestyle store that actually has everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING related to the subject.  A few weeks ago, we went on a mini Europe trip to attend my brother-in-law’s...

    Scandiniana: Simple Yet Functional Design

    Home & Design • By Jessica Kienle Maxwell • 01/06/2016 • 0 comments

    Scandinavia. Filipiniana. We merged the two words and created ‘Scandiniana’. What exactly IS Scandiniana? It is Philux’s latest collection that was launched earlier this year, inspired by mid-century ...