What is “organic” furniture, and why is it important?

Thursday, December 06, 2012
The dictionary defines organic as: relating to, or derived from living organisms, simple, healthful, close to nature, relating to or affecting organs or an organ of the body. 

Cisco's Acacia chair planted with herbs.


We’ve all come to understand and appreciate these terms when relating to food and medicine, but the same principles and awareness are rarely placed on the furniture that we fill our homes with. The beds we sleep on, the couches and sofas that our children play on, even the dining table that we eat at are commonly made with chemicals and materials that are harmful to our health and ecosystem. Our goal is to build furniture that is made from only the finest organic and sustainable sources, and is free of pesticides and chemicals. Cisco works exclusively with vendors who practice humane and fair trade business, and is extremely selective when it comes to choosing materials that offer the most in both style and comfort.


Cisco strives to create high-quality, comfortable, beautiful furniture, while honoring and protecting our planet and our families. We take every step to ensure that all of our products benefit our customers and our environment in as many ways as possible. Every aspect of the construction, sourcing, design and shipping is researched and taken into consideration when we introduce a new product. By using Natural Latex, organic wool, goose feathers and down, and properly stained FSC woods, Cisco offers the peace of mind that the furniture you own is not only the best looking and feeling, but the best for your health and family.


In the upcoming weeks, we'll be sharing articles, information and links to help you understand how and why we choose to work with organic and sustainable materials. 

Fire-retardant law's back draft

Friday, November 30, 2012

  • The same warning label used since 1975 is visible on the bottom of a desk chair at the home Judy Levin, in Oakland, Ca., on Friday June 22, 2012. California has the opportunity to set the tone for a new national furniture fire-safety standard to replace the state's decades-old requirement that had led to the use of toxic flame retardants in couches, chairs and baby product sold throughout North America. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF
    The same warning label used since 1975 is visible on the bottom of a desk chair at the home Judy Levin, in Oakland, Ca., on Friday June 22, 2012. California has the opportunity to set the tone for a new national furniture fire-safety standard to replace the state's decades-old requirement that had led to the use of toxic flame retardants in couches, chairs and baby product sold throughout North America. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

 

Talk about unintended consequences: A 1975 law that was designed to keep Californians safe from furniture fires is exposing us to potentially dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.

One study by UC Berkeley and Duke researchers released this week adds to the growing body of evidence that toxic or untested fire retardants have become commonplace in American couches - most likely a response to a California law that requires furniture foam to endure an open flame for 12 seconds without catching fire. It's the only such law in the nation, but the size of the state's market - and the cost and complication of altering a product for a single state - effectively make it a national standard.

Another study found significant amounts of potentially hazardous chemicals in 13 of the 16 Northern California homes it tested. The substances identified in the two studies have been linked to cancer, DNA changes, lowered IQ, hormone disruption, decreased fertility and hyperactivity.

Worse yet, even the most diligent consumers might not be able to determine which chemicals are in the furniture they buy, and at what level. That information generally is kept sealed as a trade secret.

These studies should add a sense of urgency to Gov. Jerry Brown's order for a revision of the 37-year-old standard. For years, the California Legislature had wrestled with a bill to outlaw certain fire retardants of concern, but the chemical industry always prevailed, even though some firefighters were among the most vigorous advocates of change. Their concern: The benefits of flame-resistant foam were more than offset by the elevated hazards of toxic smoke from a house fire.

A revision of the 1975 regulation, expected to take effect next year, could not come soon enough. It must include not only new restrictions on toxic chemicals, but clear disclosure for consumers.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Fire-retardant-law-s-back-draft-4075243.php#ixzz2DjVWarRr

Fall 2012 Highpoint Show

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Thank you for making the trip to our showroom, this Fall market.

For those of you who missed out, check out what we were up to this market!


Vision House

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vision House LA


Cisco Home is a proud sponsor:
Located in the high-profile neighborhood of Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, CA, VISION House Los Angeles (a joint project between Green Builder Media and Structure Home) will blend the vital aspects of green building and home performance with warm, contemporary design while addressing environmental concerns.

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Spring 2012 Highpoint Show

Friday, May 04, 2012

Thank you for making the trip to our showroom, this Spring market.

For those of you who missed out, check out what we were up to this market!

Cisco Brothers remembering the LA Riots

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

During the 1992 Los Angeles riots, many store owners didn't wait for the police or National Guard to protect their property from looters. They armed themselves. But in the years since, many of those same merchants stayed and helped rebuild after the devastation.

A Korean-American defends his jewelry store from looters. So does a fellow businessman. In the distance on this first full day of the riots there are gunshots in the air.

Koreatown was one of the hardest-hit areas in the riots, with widespread burning and looting.

Adding to the tension between African-Americans and Korean-Americans was the killing of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins by 51-year-old grocer Soon Ja Du only two weeks after the Rodney King beating. Many people felt it underscored the resentment felt toward Korean-American shop owners by other groups.

More than 2,000 Korean families were affected, according to the Korean American Coalition. And nearly half the total dollar loss incurred during the riots was to Korean-American-owned businesses.

John Chung's parents lost their market and home. Chung eventually opened up restaurants and succeeded in supporting his family. He now owns the Novel Café and several others.

"I woke up from that incident," said Chung. "At the time all I did is go to school."

Imperial Cleaners was threatened with destruction but was protected by armed business people.

Saehan Bank had employees on the roof with rifles and shotguns. Stores across the street were destroyed, but the bank was spared.

In 1992, a mall was destroyed. Every building was looted and it burned to the ground. It has since been rebuilt. It's constantly renewed as much of Koreatown and many of the burned stores have been renewed.

But it wasn't just Korean-Americans whose businesses were targeted.

Kami Emein is a marketing officer at the bank. He had only recently moved to Los Angeles to escape the violence in Iran when he watched the violence erupt in his adoptive country.

And some people, like Cisco Pinedo, decided to stay after his store was destroyed. He rebuilt his Cisco Brothers Furniture south of Koreatown, where he grew up.

"I went to school in this neighborhood," said Pinedo. "I've been part of this community for so long that I was never afraid, and I felt like also that was the time when we needed to keep businesses in this neighborhood."

Still, while some were part of the "Rebuild L.A." movement, others decided not to.

"My parents were so discouraged they couldn't stand up anymore," said Chung. "I'm the one who had to stand up and support my family."

Those who did stay say life after the riots brought something positive.

"I do think that deep inside of us everybody is participating to build a better community in this part of town," said Pinedo.

"I see a big improvement and it's good for everybody," said Emein.

Out of the0 fear and violence 20 years ago, there is hope today that history won't be repeated.

(Copyright ©2012 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)


WGSN Cisco Brothers Live from High Point Market

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Cisco Brothers: Live from High Point Market

Monday, 23 April 2012



Los Angeles-made furniture and accessories from Cisco Brothers is always a highlight at High Point Market. A bit off the beaten path at Mill Village, High Point, North Carolina, the large industrial-styled showroom is packed to the gills with sustainable furniture that is both sophisticated and eco-conscious. Cisco Brothers have made a name for themselves using vintage materials and giving them new life, like this season's over-dyed burlap canvas used for upholstery and pillows.


HOUSE BEAUTIFUL'S NEWELL TURNER RALLIES FOR AMERICAN FURNITURE

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL'S NEWELL TURNER RALLIES FOR AMERICAN FURNITURE

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Home decor arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday, when Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will hold a Washington press conference to encourage consumers to buy American-made home products in order to stimulate the economy and boost job growth.

Though 227,000 jobs were added to the economy in February,according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate still stands at a staggering 8.3 percent. Turner, Hagan and leading members of the furniture manufacturing industry hope to expand the American-made home furnishings business to create more U.S. jobs. Worldwide, home decor is a multibillion-dollar market.

The domestic furniture industry itself is relatively small, but Hagan says it has a notable impact on American jobs, especially in her home state of North Carolina.

"Our state has a rich history in the furniture industry, and I am working to do everything I can to support and keep those jobs here in America," Hagan tells Stylelist Home in an email. "Many Americans buy American products as a way to support our economy as it recovers, and furniture is no exception."

"There's no better time than ever to promote American industries," Turner says. Moreover, he adds, "There's nothing more important than creating a home that makes you feel good and safe."

To strengthen his call for American support of domestic products, Turner is planning to discuss the findings of a new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, which questioned 1,000 adults about their furniture preferences and shopping habits. Some 91 percent of participants said they would choose to buy American-made furniture over products manufactured abroad. However, almost half of those surveyed either had recently bought foreign-made products or were unsure of their purchased item's origin. These findings suggest there is huge potential for growth for the American furniture industry.

With international retailers like IKEA offering competitive low prices, we understand why buyers might still opt for non-American-made products. Plus, international retailers employ a substantial number of U.S. workers. But Turner says there are affordable options made right here in the United States.

Additionally, there is the "strong unquestioning level of quality" of American furniture ensured by federal safety regulations, Turner argues, noting that even the Chinese want American-made furniture "because they know the quality is guaranteed."

If the quality and accessibility of American furniture have not persuaded you, there's also the environment to consider. "From a green perspective, you're lowering the carbon footprint of things," Turner says because U.S.-made furniture doesn't have to travel as far to your home.

Turner's efforts for American-made furniture don't end with the Tuesday press conference. The April issue of House Beautiful features the growing furniture and design sector in Southern California, with brands likeCisco BrothersElite Leather and William Haines Designs (the company founded by a former silent movie actor) shipping products across the country.

Although we agree that buying American-made anything is important to our economy, we believe the largest obstacle to buying locally remains the price. Budget is often the single biggest factor when it comes to choosing furniture. So although we may want the gorgeous coffee table handcrafted in California and made with locally harvested wood, if our budget doesn't allow it, we may just stick to our $20 Ikea Lack table ... for now.

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Donato Sofa and Silvano Daybed in House Beautiful / March issue

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hello everyone! Check out the great feature in this month's House Beautiful issue. 

Our recently introduced Donato Sofa and Silvano Daybed are in there.

Go to http://ciscobrothers.com/Press

Cisco Brothers at the NYIGF

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

 

Thank you for visiting us at this years New York International Gift Fair!

We are proud to present our new over-dye colors; magenta, indigo, pewter and cafe.