Stay Green this Spring with Responsible Home Design Trends for 2016

Featured Artist: Nicole Buttery Handmade Jewelry

Kevin’s Travel Log: Luang Prabang Thailand

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Stay Green this Spring with Responsible Home Design Trends for 2016

Spring is here, and it brought its annual brigade of new style and design trends.One of these is more of a reiteration.

Spring, “If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it every year since 1998. Go Green! Solar panels, green juice, electric cars for Pete’s sake. Lets get it together!”
Everyone, “But spring, is this a passing trend?”

Spring, “No, no. Listen-What began as a perspective has become the standard. It’s a responsibility. Green is the future. Green is here to stay!”
Everyone, “Ok take it easy big guy (or is spring a maiden?) How can we follow the cutest trends while also being green?” 
Mohr and Mcpherson, “Um, excuse us please, over here. WE GOT THIS. Read our blog.”

Behold, a list of our favorite spring trends that are also completely green friendly. Whats more, you can find examples of all of these items in both of our showrooms.Talk about convenience!

Cisco Brothers Upholstery

Dalia_Slip_Sofa_Life-StyleWith a custom option called “Inside Green”,  its no wonder this brand is at the top of our list. Cisco Brothers has not only been producing high-end furniture since 1990, they have been “green friendly” all along. Based in Los Angeles, Cisco employs  local artisans to hand craft each piece of furniture, using responsibly sourced, sustainable materials.Every piece of furniture produced by Cisco is free of all formaldehyde and flame retardants, and built with FSC approved wood. In addition to this base standard, you can choose to upgrade any Cisco order to “Inside Green”. The Inside green option reduces materials to natural Latex, organic wool, organic goose feathers and down.

“These natural materials are not only superior in terms of comfort and lifespan, but are inherently flame retardant and hypoallergenic. Every product in the Cisco line can be ordered using Inside Green technology.” -Cisco.

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From Cisco’s new line of textiles: From Top left, Cocoa Chocolate, Farrah Wheat, Midnight Minh

Cisco Brothers not only sets the standard in luxurious, insanely comfortable seating, the brand aesthetic  is perfectly on trend. Their signature look relies heavily on textured, natural fabrics such as linen, cotton, jute and hemp, which come in a huge range of neutrals and brights. The brand has also recently developed a new line of textiles, which features a range of geometric and tribal inspired prints. Going for the California chic trend,or looking to lighten up your industrial loft? Go with Cisco. Do you need a timeless, understated sofa for your beach house that will stand the test of salt, sand and children? Trust us, Cisco.

Read More about Cisco Here.

Also: Now selling Karole Moe Wrist Cuffs, featuring Cisco leather

We have a crazy selection of leather cuffs made by our very own Karole Moe!  These bracelets are made using remnants and scraps of leather from the Cisco Factory. These are a fun and beautiful way to experience leather.

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 Live Edge Furniture

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Live edge has been creeping up steadily for several seasons as an exciting, yet somewhat alternative trend. In 2016, the look has landed front and center of basically everything.Live Edge dining, console and coffee tables can be seen across the board in design publications and have invaded pinterest  with total confidence. While the most  avant-garde examples are being used in editorials and high-profile commercial projects from offices to restaurants,  the average family home can incorporate a simple live edge piece with ease.

This unique design style was inspired by traditional Japanese woodworking, and created by  George Nakashima, a mid-century furniture maker and architect, as well as the father of the America Craft movement.
“Nakashima’s signature woodworking design was his large-scale tables made of large wood slabs with smooth tops but unfinished natural edges, consisting of multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints.” Wikipedia.

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Live Edge furniture is completely organic, and makes use of wood that would otherwise  be deemed unusable due to being knotty, or having unruly angles and gaps. The Live Edge philosophy  seeks to feature these “imperfections”, working them into the design of the piece. This style is great if you want your home to feel more organic and down to earth, while at the same time majorly chic and modern.  You really can’t go wrong.
At Mohr & McPherson, we’ve had a long time crush on this genius and beautiful design style, showcasing a range of examples. We love the Asian design roots and detailed craftsmanship that goes into Live Edge, as well as the  amazing sculptural essence each piece provides, making art of something functional.

Read more about Live Edge here.

 

Mango Wood Furniture 

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Similar to Live Edge, Mango Woofurniture is made from wood that was once considered “scrap”. In this way, it is  economically responsible and hugely sustainable, as mango trees are already  being grown in massive numbers by another industry altogether the fruit trade. Mango trees only produce fruit for about 15 to 20 years, and at this time the trees would traditionally be cut down and either used as fuel or left to rot-which also increased co2 emissions. These two industries have reached a very sensible deal, and are now helping each other, as well as the earth.

Mango wood is a very grainy hardwood, but soft enough for woodworkers to manipulate. It is very receptive to staining and waxing. Naturally, it has a golden, sometimes light brown color, and often  unique pattern to the grain. Because of its availability, Mango wood tends to be less expensive, despite its high quality, making it very popular in the furniture industry.

 

Indian Furniture from Reclaimed Wood

 

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If we are going to talk about being green, we can’t leave out The 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,Reclaim. All of these are relevant when it comes to our curated selection of wood furniture from India. While we supply furniture from lots of countries, our  largest selection of reclaimed pieces is from India.  Some of these are entirely “reused”- antiques and vintage pieces with a particular story. More often, our Indian pieces are newly constructed using reclaimed wood, which has often been taken from antiques. For example, an armiore might be constructed of new wood, but the doors are taken from the doorway of a palace.

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These pieces are a great example of the “eclectic” presence which is becoming a defining aspect of every “boho-chic” or “Urban loft” look. In 2016 there is a strong desire in the design world for authenticity, and this has led to the increased demand for unique, rustic pieces that you probably can’t find in a catalogue.  These items provide character and that hard to define “lived in” aesthetic, while also adding a big dose of statement to your space.As luck would have it, this is our specialty! We have an ever-changing selection of one of a kind, Indian furniture for you to endlessly peruse until you find your perfect fit.

 

 

 

 

Featured Artist: Nicole Buttery Handmade Jewelry

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Our jewelry  boxes  are overflowing with dazzling masterpieces from local artist and jeweler, Nicole Buttery. Nicole’s pieces incorporate nature’s bounty of  sparkling, multicolored gems and stones, as well as driftwood, clay and bone.  While being crafty in nature, these one of a kind creations are expertly constructed and contain high quality chains and metals. Silver, gold, and some vintage materials are also used.  Nicole’s jewelry is chic and elegant, and each piece is unique. Read about what inspires Nicole, below.

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 I am naturally a collector. I am always searching for tiny treasures wherever I go. Maybe a piece of sea-glass, or a tiny flower, there’s always an object calling for me to pick it up. By chance two strange objects meet, fall in love, and a new project is conceived. Almost everything I collect I use in my art pieces, therefore collecting fuels my art, inspiration and creative process. I want the viewer to instantly be attracted to my work. Whether it’s my use of bright colors, textures, or compulsive use of gems and odd bits. I want my work to be quirky, playful and a sort of “eye candy”.

 

Stone setting is a huge part of my work. Sometimes I like to take mundane objects and set them in a way that almost puts them on a pedestal. I like to push limits in terms of size and wearability. Big and dramatic while also being comfortable and easy to wear everyday. My works aesthetic pulls from cabinets of curiosity, the displays in the Natural History museums, Polly Pocket, miniatures, doll houses, antiques, fashion, fantasy, fairy-tales, dreams, Wicca, the occult, and nature. My work is well made, interesting, and literally “one of a kind”. They are all hand crafted with unique materials, and fun fascinating shapes. My art has an other worldly feel, and transports the viewer to another more magical realm. There’s a mag-pie in all of us that my work inevitably appeals to. One can’t help but feel under an enchanted spell.
-Nicole Buttery

jewel collagegreen sideView and purchase wide selection of Nicole Buttery jewelry in our Boston Showroom, including the pieces below. Visit us at 460 Harrison Ave in the Sowa Arts district.

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Kevin’s Travel Log: Luang Prabang Thailand

On a peninsula in Northern Laos sits the city of Luang Prabang. Formed by the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, the city is surrounded by  green Mountain ranges, such as the PhouThao and PhouNang Mountains.  Continue reading to learn more, and see Kevin’s photographs of Laos’s top tourist attraction. 

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“Spicy fish soup with Mekong cat-fish next to the river. Lime leaves, galangal, tamarind, lemon grass and or course chilies and fish sauce… Yum!  Luang Prabang celebrating 20 years as a world heritage site as I write this.  Beautiful town with fantastic French architecture. All the Charm of Havana or Yangon but with the buildings well-preserved.”
-Kevin Mcpherson

 

 

 

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The fusion of traditional Lao architecture with that of European Colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries is exemplified quite famously in Luang Prabang structures.   

Typical Lao buildings are made from wood, excluding temples, which are built from stone.  The  pagodas or “Vats” in Luang Prabang are some of the most sophisticated Buddhist temples in South East Asia. They are decorated with engravings, paintings, sculptures, and assorted furniture.  The colonial houses were usually built with brick, and often featured balconies and decorative wooden elements. These buildings still line the main streets and the Mekong river.

 

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Although the Lao people continued building  with wood during the colonial period, they were also influenced by materials brought by the Europeans. New tools and techniques were developed due to this merging such as plaited bamboo panels coated with wattle and daub.

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In addition to being the country’s capital city, the old town centre of Luang Prubang is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s no wonder this beautiful city is the top tourist attraction of Laos.