Mondoro Trend 2015
Hit the Road!
Get ready, set, and GO! Be ready to hit the road, as street scenes, punk and almost anything to do with the city becomes an important design trend.
Some key elements for the Hit the Road trend are:
1. Think rubber!! The road is not the road without some form of rubber. This bench we are featuring is woven from old recycled bicycle tires – tires that have been tested on the road. It is a wonderful recycled story as well as being truly road worthy.
2. Mesh, wire, pyramids, studs, chain links, and materials as old bicycle chains will be used in interesting ways.
3. Gradients will come back into play as well as the layering affect will also be an important design element
4. Leather will be important, especially in black. Hides will continue to play an important role with crocodile, hair-on-hide accents, and laser cut leathers. This trend with cut-out leather has been in the clothing and shoe industry for quite sometime now.
5. Some important forms will be faces, lips, eyes, brick walls, torn edges, spray-painted words including street inspired words and layouts.
6. Ceramics and glass will have prong or metal and nail like textures.
7. Uneven or broken forms will also be important. Almost like they were broken and cracked.
If you are interested to see more designs or finishes for this trend please contact Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Product Update 2014
Nothing shows off the natural beauty of wood grain better than veneer. Although traditionally used in home décor as a way to cover other materials, Mondoro is reimagining the purpose of veneer to expand to a role as both the surface and structural star of a new line of lamps and lampshades.
One of the great benefits of veneer is the variety of unique colors and patterns readily available. The veneer does not need to be treated with any additional surface treatment—you can start working with material right from the start. To make the complex interweaving forms that we use in our lamps we start with a mold and cut the strips of veneer to match it. These cut pieces are then glued, pressed and fitted to the mold. Thanks to the material’s flexibility and versatility the form that the final product takes is only limited by the designer’s imagination in mold making. The entire process is done by hand by artisans in southern China.
Our lamp veneer products literally illuminate the organic textures of veneer that add their special kind of comfort and elegance. The soft glow of light passing through the woodgrain will transform any space into a warm and inviting environment.
For veneer lamp designs or more information please contact us at email@example.com
Vietnam First Impressions
After being in Vietnam for less than twelve hours I had seen motorbikes complacently zoom through red lights, French architecture amid tropical flowers, women hunched over rice fields, lovers sightseeing on lakeshores, trains passing through neighborhoods, wood factories churning out oriental headboards, badminton being taken seriously, sweaty and red-faced westerners posing for pictures, buses driving on the wrong side of the road, Hanoi smog blocking the stars, and too much more to recall.
This was my deepest first impression of Vietnam—its density. Every inch of this place is packed with something; something natural, something unexpected, something troubling, and something confusing, something impressive. This is not just a visual phenomenon here; it engages all of the senses. Take a five minute walk around any part of the city and at first you’ll hear the soothing rhythm of small waves on the West Lake shore, then moments later you’ll be assaulted by the honks and mechanic grumblings of scooters, buses and bicycles plodding along the highway. One minute you’re enjoying the undeniable aroma of coffee drifting from the doors of a café and the next your stifling your reaction to the reek of sewage sifting up from the pavement.
With all of this sensory overload it’s easy to get lost in Hanoi when you first arrive. I found myself lost in some way nearly every day here. I literally did not know where I was (thanks to the infinite alleys) or I had no idea what I was eating or I couldn’t quite tell what I was looking at. And that’s my second deepest impression of Hanoi and Vietnam—that it’s a great place to get lost, to forget my college-grad induced over-confidence and relearn how to navigate the world’s most basic channels. Each time I’ve been lost here, I’ve come out with lessons and with experiences. The density of the city and the country continually provide new chances to get lost and I hope I keep getting lost a little bit each day until my short stay in Vietnam ends.
Our trilogy of websites has now reached its exciting climax with the Mondoro Company Ltd website now live at www.mondoro.com! This website is your main source for getting to know and then staying up to date on all of our design and production in China, Vietnam and Cambodia. View our products by collection or by category to get a taste of our work and then request to see the full collection or product line right on the website. We’ve improved our navigation and layout to make the website easier for you, our customers and fans to navigate and find the best of Mondoro.
We’re always looking to improve so let us know what you think, especially if you have any recommendations on how it could be better!
Muong Khoa Hill Tribe Area School
Muong Khoa is a small community 160 kilometers west of Hanoi in North Vietnam. This area is filled with Thai, Hmong (Mong and Muong) and Kinh (Vietnamese) people. Though the area is just outside Hanoi it is still a very poor area where many of the local hill tribes continue to hold on to their heritage of basket weaving, textile weaving, embroidery and farming. For the Hill tribe people their culture and traditions are very important to them. In fact the young school children can often be seen with a traditional basket woven backpack or a native dress or skirt.
The Muong Khoa School is the small under-funded school in this community. Until very recently the school did not even have a toilet on its premises, so the children would need to go to the toilet out in the nearby woods or field. An Australian nickel mine that is located nearby has agreed to build the school a toilet. This should greatly help with the overall sanitation, living and study conditions of these vulnerable children.
These children generally come from very poor families whose parents are still making their livelihood while continuing to live the way their forefathers did hundreds of years ago. For these children getting an education is essential. It is for this reason that Project Sprouts has joined with Michele Spencer and some Hanoi International Schools to start a program called Buddy Backpacks. The purpose of the Buddy Backpack program is to match up an International Student with a student at the Muong Khoa School. The International Student will give a backpack filled with school supplies to the Muong Khoa Student.
Besides the Backpacks, Project Sprouts is also collecting donations or goods in kind to help these deprived students. Many of the students homes are far from the school so they must live in ill-equipped dorms. For this reason we are also collecting basic living supplies and items.
As summer comes around the corner we think of living in the wonderful outdoors – whether at the beach, at a cabin on the lake or out on a boat. Summer is also the time to start to think about the new products for yournew 2015 Outdoor Living introductions. Mondoro has a collection of Outdoor Living products rightfully named Hawaii. Here is a list of the Outdoor Products we can supply you:
1. Solid Wood Outdoor Furniture: These products can be painted (as shown in this photo) or they can be a natural wood finish. The major woods that we use for outdoor furniture is acacia, teak and beech. They are all specifically manufactured and treated to withstand the outdoors.
2. Metal and Wood Furniture:Metal can be a great addition to a product made for the outdoor. Mondoro can manufacture for outdoor furniture that is made from metal and wood.
3. Woven Outdoor Furniture:Looking for the rattan look that will last for the outdoors? Woven outdoor furniture is woven with a specially made faux core rattan that looks like real rattan. This faux rattan is able to withstand most harsh weather conditions.
4. Outdoor Lighting:Outdoor Living is not complete without the ambience of exceptionally designed outdoor lighting. Mondoro has a collection of outdoor portable lamps. For these lamps to withstandthe outdoors they must be made of outdoor standard materials that can withstand all weather conditions.
Now is time for you to look at your Outdoor Living needs for 2015. If you would like to see our entire Hawaii Outdoor Living collection, please feel free to contact Anita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your summer Outdoor Living!
What’s for Sunday Brunch at the Intercontinental Hotel?
In Hanoi Vietnam I live very close to both the 5-Star Sheraton and Intercontinental Hotels. Normally on a Sunday morning I take my dogs out for a casual walk in my neighborhood. As part of routine walk we walk through a public area in the Intercontinental Hotel that is between the motorcycle and car parking areas. One Sunday as I was walking there, I looked around and there I saw a line of chickens all lined up inside the hotel parking lot area. I took this photo I have on this blog had to chuckle to myself and think, where else in the world do you find chickens lined up at a 5 Star hotel like they have either escaped the slaughter of the kitchen and are waiting for transport somewhere? I called this photos “What’s for Sunday Brunch at the Intercontinental Hotel?”
It rightfully did not phase the hotel that the chickens were there. They were not upset but it just saw it as part of life in even a large city like Hanoi. But it also reminds me that when you live in a large city like Hanoi where many of the people here may not have money or if they do many still long for the more simple life on the farm that harmony and unity are very important. These chickens I know belong to my neighbor who lives around the corner from me. Sometimes they are in a cage but a lot of times they are wandering down the road or over to the Intercontinental Hotel area. I have been amazed that despite they are wandering around on a pretty busy street they are never run over by anyone nor stolen out of their cages. The staff at the parking lot of the hotel pay no attention to them as they know to live in harmony is more important than to kick the chickens out or to seek to destroy them. They respect this neighbor who is literally raising chickens at their doorstep.
I have often thought about this concept in Asia of harmony and unity. I have long felt it is something I can learn from. To concept to just learn to close our eyes a bit, take a deep breath and breath and say sometimes living in harmony with our neighbors is more important than if the chickens happen to wander onto our yard or area.
Mondoro Living Retail Space
We are excited to announce that Mondoro has a retail store located in this offices in Hanoi Vietnam. This store now has it own websitewww.mondoroliving.comCheck out our website and you can get the inside scoop on everything going on in Hanoi’s greatest new home furnishings retail space. On our “About Us” age see what sets us apart from other Hanoi home furnishings stores, and why we chose Vietnam for Mondoro’s first retail spot in Asia. Jump over to any of our “Products” pages to see some of the dinnerware, furniture, mirrors and more available at our store.
Project Sprouts’ website also made its debut this past month. Access www.project-sprouts.org to get involved with charity projects here in Asia that are really making a difference in impoverished children’s lives. Our project for this year is fast approaching—we’re very excited to work with Schools in Ban Phuc, Vietnam and International Schools in Hanoi on a unique project called “Buddy Backpacks.”
Check out the Buddy Backpacks page to see our plans to develop a unique child-to-child project where children in Hanoi International Schools sponsor a backpack filled with supplies which they give directly to a Ban Phuc student. Each student will also exchange an information card featuring a photo of the child and details on their hobbies, likes, dislikes and more. This way we hope to create a special connection between the children and inspire them to make caring for others a vital part of their life.
You can find more information on the Buddy Backpacks program on our new website as well as information and photos on our projects from past years.
For the 2015 Trends, the voices of African will resound throughout our industry. This trend will use many of the forms and patterns from Africa but will give them a decidedly modern twist and feel.
Things to consider:
1. Horn and bone will to continue to play an important role. On our photo this month you can see a Long Horn African Cow Horn that has been polished and cut into a candlestick. Another great example of how a product that was once tossed away is used now to make a beautiful object such as a candlestick.
2. African prints will continue to be important such as Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Jaguars, Crocodiles, Zebras, and Snakeskin prints and patterns. These will be modernized in someway to give them a fresh and interesting look.
3. Other looks that remind us of the tropical African jungles will include leaves, parrots or trees that speak of Jungle life.
4. Africa would not be Africa without the tribes;therefore Tribal geometrics and designs will be updated to give them a fresh new look. Masks and other African motifs could be used in new and interesting materials and finishes.
5. Wood will also have an African feel such as Zebrano wood or unfinished Mahogany or even Teak could be given a fresh look.
6. Porcelains and ceramics will be glazed and have uneven or handmade characteristic finishes. Pieces that will look like you picked it up from a small village in Africa.
This African Voices 2015 Trend builds upon many of the more Asian, Persian and even Middle Eastern trends of the past. It also goes to show that perhaps the world is becoming more uniformed and closer as we start to accept things in our homes from other places – even a place as far away and removed from us as Africa.