My wife met Cisco Pinedo, furniture designer and owner at Cisco Brothers
, at a trade show several years ago, and commented that he was "so cute". Subsequently, several peer-reviewed studies have confirmed that he is, indeed, a hottie. He is also a pioneer in the area of sustainable furniture construction.
Over the past year or two, a number of high-profile articles about toxic flame retardant chemicals in furniture (e.g. in Chicago Tribune
and the New York Times
), have noticeably increased interest in natural, non-toxic upholstered furniture options. Noting this, we have refocused a corner of our store on furniture, pairing a Cisco sofa and chair with reclaimed wood furniture by local artist Paul Colucci
(also a very handsome guy). The great news is that having a tiny furniture department relying
more on a catalog has allowed us to make this high quality furniture significantly more affordable than was previously possible.
Where most companies are content to make their "green" sofas with a polyurethane foam that contains around 20% plant-based oils and 80% petrochemicals and flame retardants, Cisco uses only renewable natural foam rubber along with down or wool in their cushions. Further, they use only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC
) certified sustainably sourced hardwoods and plant-based finishes for their frames. Combined with other ingredients pioneered by Cisco such as jute webbing, organic cotton batting, and a wide selection of linen fabrics, the result is a line of truly natural handcrafted custom furniture. Cisco is a talented designer (much admired in the design press
) who offers a broad range of styles to suit every home from Beverly Hills to Belle Sherman. Cisco has kept his production based in his Los Angeles neighborhood, providing much needed fair-wage jobs in his local community.
We currently have the Acacia Sofa and Prana Meditation Chair in the showroom, and we are looking to add another chair soon. You can help us decide on a chair by surfing over to the online catalog and telling us which model of chair is your favorite. If we go with your suggestion, we'll write you a $50 HGH gift certificate!