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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.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


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.

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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. 

Fall 2011 High Point Show

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Thank you all for visiting our showroom during the Fall High Point Show. If you weren't able to make it this time, here are some images of what you missed.

Thank you Apartment Therapy for visiting us at Spring 2011 High Point Market

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cisco Brothers 
High Point Market Spring 2011


If you're willing to go off the beaten path at High Point, you find the best stuff. A few minutes from town, in an old mill, is the showroom for Cisco Brothers, from Los Angeles. A favorite with designers and ABC Home, Cisco Pineda and his family, have an amazing space and touch with furniture, all of which is made in LA in a sustainable, local way. Check these pics out!


>> Cisco Brothers supplies many retailers and has their own retail store, Cisco Home, in LA









>> Cisco Brothers supplies many retailers and has their own retail store, Cisco Home, in LA

Images: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

Spring 2011 High Point Showroom

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Our High Point showroom this Spring 2011 was one of the most colorful, take a look!
Acacia Bed, Elena Settee, Olivo DaybedBolton Sofa, Tilo Stools, Sonoma Chair, Davenport OttomanDalia Sofa, 26in Pouf OttomanDaniela Sofa, Reclaimed Coffee Tables with military bread baskets
Edith Sofa, Fiona Chair, One of a Kin OttomanGenevieve Sofa, Cruz BenchGoodman Chair, Savannah ChaiseGrecko Sofa, Lunette Chairs, Tilo Stools
Hawthorne SectionalJasmin Sofa, 20in Pouf OttomanLoft 2pc Sectional, Trinidad Chair, Lumi Co. wall art/headboardsSeda Sectional
Setting the Standard for Sustainable LivingTilo Stools, Lumi Co. Wall ArtWynette Sofa, Sebastian Chair, Davenport Ottoman

At Spring '11 High Point Market

Saturday, April 02, 2011
Here we are!

Fall 2010 Introductions

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Take a look at our showroom last High Point Market
Crescent chair in vintage textile and leather | Reclaimed mold side tableJulen bar stool and Mina pendant lampsNinna rocker chairPlaca credenza
John Derian Dromedary Loveseat with Lumi printingAldwin loveseat | Wine barrel side table | Lumi art framesLloyd chairAgosto sectional | Pillows by Sara Palacios
Agosto sofa | Raphael chair | Romi chair by Sara Palacios | Topper tufted ottomanLuccia sofa | Fiona chairs by Sara PalaciosMorgan twin bed | Vino night stand
Arden sofa | Leonard chair | Fiona chair in Fox Brothers wool | Maria Chandelier | Mazo coffee tableFranco sofa and chairsEdith sofa | Iron step coffee table | Romero chair in Fox Brothers woolSeda sectional | Savannah round ottoman in vintage textile | Winery chandelier
June sofaGenevieve sofa | Lunette chair