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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.

 

 

 

 

Trending: Mid Century Modern

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Although Mid Century Modern never quite goes out of style, it has been having an extended moment in home design. The look is sticking around this spring, and there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to keep the look modern and on trend. Pay attention to details to avoid recreating your grandmother’s house, or possibly worse, an outdated, wannabe version of your grandmother’s house circa 2011.

A general concept that is definitely out in 2015 is the “Instant Vintage” trend. This was based on making something new look old, but not in a hand crafted, shabby chic way. It was more about mass produced knock offs of classic vintage styles, which lacked not only character but one of the best things about vintage furniture-quality and craftsmanship. Regardless of the trend, this season is all about authenticity. When it comes to doing mid century modern, if it’s vintage, great. If it’s not vintage that’s great too, but look for pieces that are M.C.M inspired, while still maintaining their integrity. If done right, these pieces will add a chic, contemporary, depth to your overall look,

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Another way to keep this trend fresh in 2015 is to mix it up. The whole space does not need to be head to toe M.C.M; in fact it is more modern to add in multiple ethnic accents. Steering away from traditionally vintage, loud colors such as bright orange, olive green and teal can also help to modernize your Mid Century Modern look. If you do choose a piece or two in those colors, balance it out with neutrals everywhere else, such as grays and natural woods.

These photos from Apartment Therapy show a great example of mixing mid century modern pieces with, ethnic prints, organic textures, and neutral tones to give the space an overall modern and minimalistic bohemian feel.
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If you are purchasing an investment piece such as a sofa and want to go mid century modern, neutrals are a safe bet. Precedent Furniture, which we now carry in our store, has lots of great options, including an entire line called “Vintage made modern”. Featured below are  the Astor Sofa and the Edward Sofa by Precedent Furniture.

 

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If you want to add a bold pop of color, a smaller piece like this chair is a great way to go.

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Or, go with something big and bright and tone it down with neutrals and contemporary pieces.

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George Sofa, by Precedent

Which ever avenue you choose to explore, you have tons of options. Check out some of them in our Mid Century Modern gallery below.

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Large mango wood cubby bookcase with five drawersLarge mango wood cubby bookcase with three drawers,

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Ryder mid century modern chest of 6 drawers, Mango wood, honey finish,  Austin 3 drawer media center in Mango wood,

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Grayson Chest 12 drawers, Easton 2 section 6 drawer Buffet

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Whiskey and Smoke: A Rustic Approach to Timeless Brazilian Leather

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“In like a lion, out like a lamb” is what they say about March. We are right on schedule, ringing in the month with a new shipment of fierce, bold leather pieces in our new “Smoke” and “Whiskey” finishes. Worthy of any man cave or any location in your home, this collection brings to mind toasty evenings by a fireplace, sipping single malt scotch while wearing your grandfather’s vintage watch.

Our metaphor holds true, with the soft, delicate luxe of this Brazilian leather facilitating a seamless transition into spring. The colors are rich but neutral. The distressed finish and wood paneling incorporate a fresh, down to earth quality. Open your windows to the spring air, and cover your coffee tables with flowers. Lounge on your leather in the afternoon sun, and feel like a new lamb.

Brazilian Leather is highly desired across a multitude of industries for its excellent quality as well as the consistency of that quality. Click here to browse our entire Leather Club Collection.

Facts about Brazilian Leather:
– Brazil is the second largest supplier of leather in the world, producing more than 40 million hides per year.
– 28 million of those hides are exported to 91 different countries.
– The United States comes in at number three for importing the most leather from Brazil. We spend nearly 260 million dollars on leather.
– China imports the most, followed by Italy. Hong Kong is fourth.
– U.S. companies that use Brazilian leather include Learjet, Ford, and GM among many others.

“Brazil is known for some of the world’s best tanneries, producing top-quality leather used in the fashion, upholstery, automotive and boating industry” Jose Fernando Bello, executive president of CICB.

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 Whiskey Loveseat

A piece of leather furniture commands attention and brings an aura of no nonsense to a room. The canvas siding and wood frames on our leather couches and chairs tone down that boldness. These materials are rustic in nature, and when paired with the sleek leather, the furniture gains an eclectic, laid back quality. We love the idea of mixing these leather pieces with traditional Indian craftsmanship, such as this elegant folding screen.

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Rise to Fame
In the 16th century, cattle were imported to Brazil to sustain the local economy. Meat and leather started to spread to be distributed throughout the country, and eventually the leather started to be exported. By the year of 1754, 5 thousand pieces of leather a year were being exported from Brazil. However it wasn’t until the 1960’s and 70’s when the world really started focusing on Brazilian leather. Artists began printing messages on leather, primarily based around the ideas of peace and love, and freedom. Leather goods became abundant at street fairs and leather artisans were celebrated.

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Let’s talk about cows!
The Leather Industry in Brazil is directly connected to the Beef Industry. Here are some figures to get you up to speed.

– Currently, Brazil has 213.3 million cattle.

– In 2008, the country held 20% of the world’s cattle market. By the end of this decade, that figure is estimated to reach 50%. That means Brazil will control one half of the entire world’s beef.

– Brazil’s economy has become the 6th largest on the planet. This means larger economic potential and stability for their leather industry.

– From 2000 to 2010, the amount of cattle per hectare increased from 0.8 to 1.2. The industry thanked advances in handling and sanitation and favorable weather.However at the same time cattle are increasing, the land the cattle graze on in decreasing.

– In that same 10 year period, pasture area decreased from 178 to 164 million hectares. The Brazilian Leather Project has taken strides to fight this, and has actively come out against deforestation.

Below are some new additions to our Indian collection. The rustic painted finish seamlessly blends together with the perfect wood and bright hues compliment the muted tones of our leather collection. They work perfectly because everything is tied together by a mutual, worn in quality.

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Practices for Sustainability
– Conservation of water, practicing cattle farm fair-trade, organic tanning technology (chrome free without using heavy metals) are techniques used by many manufacturers.

– Use of raw materials derived from eco-friendly resources which are native to Brazil.

– Brazil has committed to reducing deforestation in the Amazon rain forest by 80 percent by the year 2020. Deforestation rates (due to clearing forest for cattle) declined 27 percent from August 2011 to July 2012. These were the lowest rates ever recorded for the 4th year in a row. Brazil’s government says this represents a 76 percent reduction since 2004.

– Brazil has developed policies known as PPCDAm (The Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Legal Amazon Deforestation) that were first implemented in 2004. PPCDAm is comprised of more than 200 initiatives across 14 ministries that together aim to reduce deforestation in the Amazon.

– Ibama is Brazil’s environmental protection service, the group tasked with monitoring, catching and punishing those responsible for the plunder of the Amazon rain forest.

The Brazillian Leather Project
This is an organization created through a partnership between the Centre for the Brazilian Tannery Industry (CICB) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). Their goal is to promote Brazilian Leather throughout the world.

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Our popular rocket tub chair, previously available in only Ebony and Cigar, is now also available in the new “Whiskey” finish. Whiskey and our new “Smoke” finish are also available in our box club leather collection of armchairs, loveseats and sofas.

Click here to browse our entire Leather Club Collection.