Stay Green this Spring with Responsible Home Design Trends for 2016

Food and Furniture: Coconut and Mango

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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.

 

 

 

 

Food and Furniture: Coconut and Mango

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Mango Wood Bookcase, Mid Century Modern

Though there are many reasons for the recent popularity of mango and Palm wood, the most important reason is their sustainability as sources for building material. When it comes to products being “green”, “eco-friendly”, “sustainable”, and made from “responsibly sourced materials”, the lumber trade, and in particular the furniture industry, have been under a microscope. Mango and Coconut trees are a perfect solution to this problem, because they are already grown in high numbers to support the fruit trade, which is not going anywhere.

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Mango trees reach maturity within 15 to 20 years. At this time they stop bearing fruit and are designated to be cut down. In the past, these trees were used as fuel or left to rot. However, these days they are being used for construction, most commonly in the furniture industry.

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Mango wood works well for building framed items that are meant to endure weight, like chairs, because it is a densely grained hardwood with a strong structure. At the same time it is soft compared to other hardwoods, so it is easy to work with and does not require special tools, meaning production is less expensive. Mango wood also does not require much waxing or staining, because it has an unusual , “close knit” grain texture, and a natural pattern. When mango wood is stained or finished, it responds quite well to the processes because the natural patterning is enhanced.

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This wood  varies widely in color, and can range from deep browns, to pinks and even greens. This is due to fungus in the tree, which creates beautiful color patterns but does not harm or compromise the woods structure. However it is common for manufacturers to stain mango wood to resemble oak or teak wood. They can then produce furniture than looks like oak or teak but is less expensive, faster to grow, and sourced responsibly.

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 Above: Mango wood stained in “Vintage Oak” style.

 

Palm trees are one of the most widely used trees on the planet, with each part of the tree used to produce a variety of products. However like mango trees, coconut palm trees are initially intended to produce coconuts, not wood. There comes a point in the tree’s life where it grows too tall for nutrients to reach it’s canopy. Because of this, the tree produces less and less coconuts and it becomes non profitable to keep the tree alive. In addition to producing less, the trunks of the trees become more woody with age, which is bad for coconuts but good for lumber.

 

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In the past, coconut trees that were used for their wood were sold to local businesses that milled them into low-grade lumber. However craftsman and companies in search of sustainable materials (that were also luxurious) discovered that if the Palm wood is milled and finished properly and with more care, the wood is actually fine, with unique grain patterns and a rich, dark, brown color. Once it is cured or dried, palm wood is very hard, more so than many other common woods such as oak. It is commonly used to make flooring and siding.

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Palm wood is being called “ the new bamboo” because it is similar in many ways, but is greener . Palm wood has Forest Stewardship Council approval because it is a by-product of coconut production. Because of this it is harvested on plantations that already exist rather than requiring additional plantations. Unlike bamboo, it is not grown on land where nothing else is grown. Palm wood, palm leaves and coconut shell are also used to create decorative detailing and embellishment on furniture. coconut shell is commonly used for inlay, in place of more traditional materials like glass or bone.

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 Inlay Console TableInlay Cube Stool

 

 

Recipe From Our Kitchen

Mango Coconut Curry Chicken (serves 1-2)

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1. Marinate 2 Chicken breasts  in salt, lemon juice, and olive oil for a minimum of 30 minutes or a max of overnight.

2. Heat up about 1 Tsp. Canola oil in a pan. Keep on Med/High.

3.  Make a “Curry Slurry”. Mix together 4 Tbsp. curry powder and a small amount of water-just enough to make a paste in a bowl.

4. Fry Curry Slurry in the pan you heated up for approximately. 10 minutes.

5. Add 1/2 of a sliced, white onion to the Curry Slurry, and heat for about 3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.

6. Add in two thinly sliced chicken breasts.

7. When the chicken has some color but is not cooked all the way, add 1 thumb of finely sliced ginger, 1 diced red pepper, 1 head box choi minced and sliced.

8.Saute for 3 minutes, then turn down heat.

9.Stir in 1 can of coconut milk.

10. Top with diced mango and cilantro and serve over rice.