Cerno - Pendants and Lighting
Cerno
Cerno

Cerno

Irvine, CA

At Cerno, we design and build original products in California. To make this possible, we advocate for creativity and ingenuity in every step of the process. Our philosophy is grounded in the utmost respect for the materials, craftsmanship, and our team that brings these products to life.

Our aesthetic foundation lies in marrying modernism and contemporary design.

Designing, prototyping, and building under one roof allows our team to deliver an authentic and well-crafted product. Each unique design feature has intention and every solution is reached with the whole product and process in mind.
Q&A

What is your favorite material to work with?

"We love wood, it's organic and every piece has unique characteristics."
-- Cerno
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Appreciate the quality of our products that are handmade in California. I would also hope that people using our products appreciate the attention to detail by our design, engineering and production teams."
-- Cerno
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What motivates and inspires you?

"The natural environment and built environment are both very inspirational for us. We appreciate all our raw materials and feel that is our duty to use them responsibly. We are also motivated by bringing more manufacturing jobs to the U.S. and building a talented team."
-- Cerno
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What makes a space special?

"Lighting, obviously. Joking aside. When a space is designed with the functionality in mind, they tend to always work better. I love rooms that breathe well and where there is no clutter."
-- Cerno
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What’s unique about your work?

"We are vertically integrated, so our process is very cohesive from conception through production. Nothing is lost in translation which facilitates the initial design intent to be preserved and often improved upon through feedback from everyone involved with realizing a new product."
-- Cerno
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"Idea, draw, proof of concept, prototype, build consensus among the team, produce the product, create collateral, and share."
-- Cerno
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"Building a business is serious stuff, but when three best friends start a company there's always time for joking, and we keep one another laughing."
-- Cerno
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