Las Vegas Furniture Show 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

High Point Spring 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Thank you for making the trip to the Spring High Point Market and for visiting our showroom!

For those of you who couldn't make it, check out the photo gallery below and let us know what you think of our new styles and designs. We'd love to hear from you. 



Chemical-Free Furniture

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


In support of HB 1294 and Chemical-Free furniture.

There has been a lot of info and discussion in the news lately about Chlorinated Tris and  Technical Bulletin 117. TB 117 is an outdated list of requirements regulating the flammability standards of materials used in upholstered furniture. In short, it requires the use of a very toxic chemical treatment on cushions and filling materials in order to make furniture less flammable. The irony is that the supposedly ‘helpful’ chemicals required by TB 117 not only poison our environment and families, but have been linked to cancer, learning disorders, and reduced fertility. Recent tests have also shown that these chemicals become more flammable over time as they break down.

Senator Sharon Nelson proposed an act to modify TB 117 (SB5181, the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act), but it was shut down by the Senate Energy and Environment Committee. Now, a House version of the bill (HB1294) is making it’s way through the committee, hopefully and eventually making it through the Senate.

Cisco is passionate about the safety and health of our families and planet. We are strongly in favor of this new bill, and the lifting of the legislation that requires the unnecessary use of toxic chemicals in our homes. As longtime supporters of chemical-free furniture manufacturing, we have invested countless hours and dollars finding and perfecting new building techniques that allow us to craft safe, comfortable, naturally fire-retardant furniture without using any of these harmful pollutants. Our [Inside Green]® technology was designed expressly for this purpose. By using organic wools, cottons, latex, and other natural ingredients, Cisco can build furniture that will add beauty to your home, not dangerous chemicals and gasses.

Read more about [Inside Green]® at:  www.CiscoBrothers.com/Inside-Green
 *Every item in the Cisco catalog can be ordered and built using [Inside Green]® technology.





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.