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  2. Vintage Guatemalan Textiles Staff Member 25-Jul-2017
  3. High Point Spring 2017 Leo Estevez 04-May-2017
  4. Cisco Essentials Collection Las Vegas Market Leo Estevez 01-Feb-2017
  5. Refoundery Event Leo Estevez 23-Nov-2016
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  7. Los Angeles Times : Building Furniture and Community Staff Member 30-Aug-2016
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  10. High Point Spring 2016 Natalie Pinedo 05-May-2016

A Sustainable Garden

Sunday, January 28, 2018


Every piece of Cisco furniture is handcrafted at our headquarters in Los Angeles. From the outside, the factory blends into our South Central environment with graffiti along the side wall and California native plants lining the entrance.

Over the next few months, we’ll be taking you through the red brick walkway, up the outdoor teal elevator, and behind the scenes of a factory where natural daylight pours through the windows and craftsmen construct sustainable furniture. 

A garden extends across each sun-facing wall of the factory. This unassuming garden, like many things at Cisco, has a story and beauty beyond what meets the eye. Thang Tran is the IT expert and gardener at Cisco Home. He has an attention to detail that translates from data security to his lemongrass plants. His face lights up describing each plant and he laughs as he says, "I could talk about the garden all day."


Thang has carefully arranged the plants, okra to attract ladybugs and corn along the wall where heat radiates off the red brick. This corn, traditionally a summer crop, grows throughout the winter here thanks to Thang’s planning. He meticulously hand-pollinates each cob of corn so that every piece of silk will produce a kernel.
Thang started growing food 8 years ago at the Winston Smoyer Memorial Garden
in Alhambra. He rented a plot of land and master gardeners taught him the best methods of gardening. Thang started bringing his thriving produce to Cisco headquarters to share with his coworkers. After a few months of fresh vegetables from Alhambra, the Cisco team asked him to help build an edible garden at the factory.


Less than a year old, the garden is already teeming with life- butterflies and ladybugs abound. New cucumber and Korean melon seedlings sprout in front of the corn. Past these seedlings are the chives from which Thang carefully cuts the young flowers. Especially good for your eyes, Thang explains, these expensive florals are a nutritious byproduct of the chive’s lifecycle.

A Vietnamese immigrant, Thang is especially proud of the lemongrass lining the corners of the garden beds. This plant is the key ingredient of a spicy soup that originates from Huế in the middle region of Vietnam.



Over one raised bed is a small pile of drying chard leaves. Thang lifts the leaves to show the life below them. These leaves have made a little compost pile, attracting micro-organisms and worms to the soil underneath them. Thang will move the leaves around the garden as they decompose, bringing with them an ecosystem for healthy soil.


The same care and attention Thang gives to the garden, he applies to his work in IT. He runs servers to the stores, heads the security system, and implements the back-up and disaster recovery plan. Thang attempts to teach and empower each person at Cisco to learn the basics of maintaining the IT system with him. He explains that everyone at Cisco is a part of his team; a claim his inviting demeanor makes easy to believe.

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Vintage Guatemalan Textiles

Tuesday, July 25, 2017



If there’s one thing we love here at Cisco Home, it’s beautiful fabric. We draw from a curated range of high-quality, natural textiles from around the world to upholster our furniture. From imported, hand-dyed colors to patterns designed in-house, we pride ourselves on our array of striking options for custom furnishings. It’s this love of fabric that makes us so thrilled to come across a beautiful new textile. So what’s our latest fascination here at Cisco Home? ` morgas!





These vintage skirts are made using natural un-mercerized yarn that has been dyed with indigo. Mercerization is a processing method that smooths the yarn, making it easier for a machine to dye and sew. Un-mercerized yarn, however, is softer to the touch and retains the same feel wash after wash. Since the morgas are hand-dyed, the fibers can stay in this more natural state. A range of indigo dye is used to create a variety of blue and white yarns, colors and patterns that are unique to the village in which they were made.




Traditionally, the morgas were woven by the men in the village using a foot loom. The women would then take these large woven panels and sew the ends together to form a fabric tube. The seams were another opportunity to show off regional styles; bright colors and intricate embroidery would adorn these hems. This colorful trim is known as the randa of the morga. The finished morga is a large, tubular skirt that is tied onto the waist with a fanciful embroidered belt.




The natural indigo dyes and handicraft nature of the morgas make each skirt unique. When we came across this heavyweight, dark blue morga fabric, we could just picture how beautiful it would look on furniture. The dyed yarn is woven into a variety of pinstripe patterns, giving the textile an unparalleled sophistication. Vibrant randas cut across the fabric adding a playful dimension. We still get excited about each morga textile we come across knowing we can transform it into an elegant and one-of-kind home furnishing.

High Point Spring 2017

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Cisco Essentials Collection Las Vegas Market

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Thank you for visiting us at Las Vegas Spring Market 2017.

We are pleased to give you a tour of our Essentials Collection showroom. 


Enjoy the visit!


Refoundery Event

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Refoundery Event at the Los Angeles Design Center. Check out our photo gallery! 

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High Point Fall 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thank you for visiting us at High Point Fall Market 2016! if you were not able to visit our showroom, check out our photo gallery! 

Los Angeles Times : Building Furniture and Community

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Building furniture and community

Ronald D. White

The gig: Francisco Pinedo, 53, is chief executive of Cisco Bros., a fast-growing manufacturer known for environmentally friendly design and practices in its home furnishings business. Carrying the Cisco nickname that Pinedo has answered to since his childhood in Mexico, six Cisco Home stores operate in California. The company’s furniture, which ranges in price from $595 to $12,000, also shows in a gallery at New York City’s ABC Carpet & Home. Revenue has been growing about 20% a year for the past five years, Pinedo said, and the company has branched into new products, including textiles. “We’re not contemporary or traditional,” he said. “We try to cover the entire architectural landscape of Los Angeles.” ...read more

Environment Debut at Las Vegas Summer Market 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

If you missed our showroom take a virtual walk through the Environment Gallery, a division of Cisco Brothers! 



Las Vegas Summer Market 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thank you for visiting us at the Las Vegas Summer Market 2016! if you were not able to visit our showroom, take a walk through our new virtual tour! 





High Point Spring 2016

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Thank you for visiting us at High Point Spring Market 2016! if you were not able to visit our showroom, check out our photo gallery!