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Cisco Pinedo + Cisco Brothers

A couple of years ago I bartered with an interior designer client — my graphic design for two of her Cisco Brothers’ chairs. The beauty and comfort of those chairs made me an instant fan. Then I kept noticing blurbs about Cisco popping up in my favorite magazines... Exquisite, sweatshop-free craftsmanship, devotion to South Central LA neighborhood development, serious commitment to sustainability. I was am impressed. 

Cisco Brothers’ founder, Cisco Pinedo, arrived here at age 13 from Jalisco, Mexico. He learned to upholster furniture as a teenager and fell in love with the craft. Today, Cisco has a handful of retail showrooms including a design gallery at ABC Home Furnishings in NYC. Pinedo’s belief is that furniture should be made around the owner’s needs and that it should last a lifetime.

Here are photos of Cisco Pinedo’s home. The house is all about gathering. It’s a place to welcome friends and hang with family. Several walls were removed for a more open layout. Loads of crisp white combined with natural wood. It’s a peaceful interior, an extremely personal space, and very warm and comfortable. 


{ Interiors photos from Sunset magazine; Cisco Brothers’ photos from their website }

{ Above, dining chairs are upholstered in cork. So cool. Kitchen counters are repurposed concrete. }

{ Cisco + his wife, Alba, shown at far left } 


{ Oh. My. Gosh. The pool cabana is truly stunning. It was designed by architect John Friedman. Cisco calls it a “sculpture that happens to be a living space.” }


Cisco Brothers

{ Bottom image is of the new humongo High Point, North Carolina showroom }




Here’s Pinedo describing his philosophy about furniture. He believes furniture should be built according to his customer’s needs.




From the Cisco Brothers’ websiteIn 2006, Cisco developed the Inside Green™ method of construction and became the first designer to create 100% FSC Pure sustainable upholstered furniture. The company moved exclusively to FSC Pure certified woods on upholstered furniture, using reclaimed hardwoods for a collection of stunning case goods and the use of water based glues and environmentally friendly detergents to wash all fabrics.



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Reader Comments (12)

Oh wow, his home is beyond lovely! His dedication to sustainable manufacturing is an example for others.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaina

Yes, love it! I'm a huge fan.

February 27, 2009 | Registered Commentersusieq

GNOMES in the top picture! Hee hee! I love this guy already.

Oh, and his house is lovely. Especially the bathroom and cabana.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentererin@designcrisis

Erin, I thought you were anti-vessel sink!

February 27, 2009 | Registered Commentersusieq

what a great post susie! Interesting story, quality products, and gorgeous house...

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesigners' Brew

I was blown away by the very small touches in every room
that make such large statements. The arc on the
mantle, the female wood carving, the pears on the dining room
table. They pull you into the room. Loved this post!

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNola

Thanks for commenting DB and Nola! I love the Pinedo family's collection of objects -- but, even more, their ability to edit. The space is clutter-free and breathable.

February 27, 2009 | Registered Commentersusieq

I'm thinking back to a former posting: huggable or breath of fresh air. This is definitely fresh air and oh so soothing. Cisco has embodied Zen into his designs. The home and furnishing are a treasure. And the accessories... Be still my heart!

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Nancy, you're so right! I keep thinking “Fresh Air” too!

March 1, 2009 | Registered Commentersusieq

Just love your blog ! i have to make it happen for me too . I can see myself in such a space

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Now that's a green space ! The 5th image - the bathroom is just amazing ! Superb design.

home theater seating

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexander

I really like your informative blog.
Thanks for sharing with us.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBedroom furniture

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