Style and Sustainability from Cisco Brothers

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Style and Sustainability from Cisco Brothers

Welcome to the final day of our  Soy Style: Did you KnOH? contest. To enter the contest, all you need to do is read the post below, leave a comment, and you’re entered to win $100!

Anyone who has visited a Cisco Brothers showroom knows that you don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainable furniture. From unique shapes, surprising textures, and bold colors, Cisco Brothers furniture is designed to inspire while blending with how people live. Hear from founder Cisco Pinedo about his design philosophy (and check out some fabulous blue chairs!)

Not only is Cisco Brothers furniture about great style, but it is also designed with sustainability in mind. They use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood in their upholstery frames and wood furniture. Cisco offers a variety of cushion options that incorporate natural latex, down, feathers, or soy-based foams. And they use water based glues. Environmental impacts are an integral part of their design process. Take a look at some of their great products.

Photo courtesy of Cisco Brothers

Cisco Pinedo + Cisco Brothers

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Cisco Pinedo + Cisco Brothers

A couple of years ago I bartered with an interior designer client — my graphic design for two of her Cisco Brothers’ chairs. The beauty and comfort of those chairs made me an instant fan. Then I kept noticing blurbs about Cisco popping up in my favorite magazines... Exquisite, sweatshop-free craftsmanship, devotion to South Central LA neighborhood development, serious commitment to sustainability. I was am impressed. 

Cisco Brothers’ founder, Cisco Pinedo, arrived here at age 13 from Jalisco, Mexico. He learned to upholster furniture as a teenager and fell in love with the craft. Today, Cisco has a handful of retail showrooms including a design gallery at ABC Home Furnishings in NYC. Pinedo’s belief is that furniture should be made around the owner’s needs and that it should last a lifetime.

Here are photos of Cisco Pinedo’s home. The house is all about gathering. It’s a place to welcome friends and hang with family. Several walls were removed for a more open layout. Loads of crisp white combined with natural wood. It’s a peaceful interior, an extremely personal space, and very warm and comfortable. 

 

{ Interiors photos from Sunset magazine; Cisco Brothers’ photos from their website }