The spirit of the holiday isn’t over yet folks. I’m not talking about baking more sweet treats or filling your home with modern Martha-esque decorations or singing songs at your neighbor’s doorstep while wearing a tacky sweater…I’m talking about continuing the focus on giving to those in need. Thanks to Gus* Modern we are encouraged to keep this giving spirit alive and in return Gus* Modern is giving back to you! Donate three non-perishable food items from your pantry to your local food bank and save 15% on your Gus* Modern purchase. The sale will run during the full month of January with the Thompson Chairs being the only exclusion from our site. Personally, I think a Vintage Swing Arm Lamp is worth about 62987987938 canned goods and a set of School Chairs worth about 293875928375 cans, but maybe that is just me. Think of all the meals someone could make in exchange for all that food in exchange for a lamp or chairs! We’re using the honor system here, so get into the spirit of the season and see what Gus* Modern has to offer.
We are big fans of their clean modern designs, especially since so many pieces can easily transition a design-lovers drool worthy nursery to a super chic modern adult pad without any obvious overlap. So, when little Timmy grows up and moves out you can use his Roh Bookshelf in your living room or bedroom…a gift for him is a gift for you.
Of course, we are still drooling over the Spot on Square Roh Crib in the photo above. Does it look familiar? That’s because it is the same modern crib we posted about a few weeks ago as seen in Rachel Zoe’s home. Talk about a room with a view – this beautiful crib is every modern design loving parent’s dream – in place of the traditional wooden crib bars you’ll discover that the Spot on Square Roh Crib has half-inch clear acrylic. (And don’t worry – it’s BPA free, phthalate free, and 100% recyclable!) Bob and Nicole Springer, the husband and wife team who founded the company and created this incredibly modern crib, believed that children should be surrounded by simple, eco-conscious, high-quality products that promote an appreciation for design. To Bob and Nicole, we say – congratulations – mission accomplished! So dive in now, because for a limited time, you can get these gorgeous products at a discount*! Score!
We received word today that Bruno, little dog of Anki Spets from Area, has had some kind of back injury and has to be completely still for 4-6 weeks. The poor guy can’t stand up on his own…so sad! Since we are dog people we have to send a little shout out to Bruno. We’re thinking of you, buddy!
So, I’d have to say, the designers for Cerno Nick Sheridan, Bret Englander and Dan Wacholder are three dapper dudes. Not only do they create quality stellar lighting pieces but they make time to surf and support the local taco truck. Oh, and check out their “Start to Finish” video…great insight in to what makes these guys tick.
Tell us about the process of starting Cerno and how you got where you are today. What did you guys do before Cerno?
Bret Englander: Honestly Cerno’s roots started growing when were really young and whether we were on the beach or at each others house we were always starting the next project. We built anything and everything from sailboats, to a beautiful fanned out stairway and archway to memorialize a friend, to a huge palapa at our favorite beach, later we restored an RV, that we drove from Laguna all the way up to Canada, and the list could go on. Prior to Cerno and after College, Nick teamed up with his cousin to form a custom residential architecture firm that designed several exquisite modern homes in Southern California. Daniel helped expand a boutique manufacturing firm from a small garage into respectable company with an international presence, and I worked in land acquisition and marketing for several of the nations’ largest Home Builders, and later for my dad, which was a true gift and learning experience.
How did you guys come together as a team?
Bret Englander: The three of us were restless and itching to once again collaborate like we had when we were younger and apply what we had learned in academia and the professional workplace to something that was our own creation and we knew it was time. One morning in December 2008 we woke up early and were on a mission to find some waves, but the ocean had something different in mind for us. After driving for several miles along Pacific Coast Highway the ocean was uncooperative and not going to give us any surf. We ended up sitting on the beach brain storming about how we were going to manifest this childhood dream of working together into a viable business. It was a pivotal conversation that would quickly materialize into Cerno. After about 9 months of working nights and weekends the 3 of us left our previous jobs and started working full time just down the street from where our original drawings and prototypes were conceived. Nearly 3 years later we are still motivated by the same passion for design that originally ignited the fire and desire to form Cerno. We design what we want to see built and enjoy “almost” every moment of it.
So the word cerno means: -Verb (Latin) 1. To resolve, distinguish, decide, sift, determine, to perceive. How did you guys come upon this or decide on this as your brand name?
Nick Sheridan: In architecture school at the end of a project critique the teacher would often say – you have not fully resolved x, y, and z or on rare occasions would say a design was resolved. That stuck with me. In architecture, like all design, it was clear that success is measured on many different levels and only when the design has been fully resolved, all levels addressed, did it have that feel of good design.
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