Mike & Lendel's Good Design

Mike & Lendel's Good Design

Aaron Able
Nov 18, 2010

Name: Mike & Lendel
Location: Fresno, California

We live in a generic house that's in a generic suburban neighborhood in Fresno, California. It was one of those homes built in the early part of 2000. It was the best that we could buy because we just wanted a house in a good public school district. At the same time, I understand that homes speak a language that's familiar to many. As Filipino immigrants, we find ourselves struggling to incorporate our new culture without having to risk losing our own originating culture.

This becomes complicated when cost is factored in. How do we decorate without breaking the bank while at the same time invest in furniture? (I once had the experience of selling our leather love seat for less than a tenth of its orginal price.) We promised not to renovate but live with what's originally built in the house. We promised never to spend more than our mortgage (Which is small compared to LA or San Francisco Bay Area standards.) Nothing we own is brand new. All that we own have been acquired through garage sales, estate sales and onsite and online auctions. I learned to haggle, be patient, but more importantly know what good design is the moment I see it.

Through all this, my wife and I realized that a lot of the pieces that are already in the mainstream are influenced by the Asian Aesthetic. Hans Wegner and Charles and Ray Eames, all exhibit lines that echo Asian design. It's this fusion that we find appropriate and endearing to us who live a life always in between.

Thanks Mike & Lendel!

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