The Cerno collection that can be found at Ford & Ching is as series of CNC-machined chairs and tables made from Baltic birch, much of it finished with a clear lacquer to allow the raw striations of the plywood to stand out.
The company name, Cerno, means "resolve" in Latin. Their tagline—"art resolved with science"—encapsulates their goal of using high-tech approaches to create natural, one-of-a-kind pieces. The entrepreneurial team also applies their scientific knowledge to lighting design (their portfolio includes proposed lighting design installations for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics).
If you're in LA or visiting soon, swing by the Kim Sing Theatre to check out Cerno and the other design work at the Ford & Ching Showroom.
When not working in design, Sarah Rich writes, talks and forecasts about food and consumer culture.