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Mantra Goes West

Mantra Inspired Furniture (Mantra IF), a commercial furniture manufacturing and design company

headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, has recently entered into a vendor agreement with California-based One Workplace. The agreement will allow Mantra IF to partner with a commercial furniture dealership outside the state of Virginia, offering its collections of hand-crafted, solid wood furniture to the commercial marketplace.

Christopher M. Good, Chief Creative Officer of One Workplace says, “The Mantra Inspired Furniture story is compelling and in keeping with One Workplace values. Creating furniture that is sustainable, designed with heart, providing quality and celebrating the perfection in nature’s imperfections, at a budget that “won’t break the bank”. Mantra offers solutions we will be proud to share with our customers.”

Susan Pilato, President and CEO of Mantra Inspired Furniture shares, “Since launching Mantra Inspired Furniture as an alternative for the architecture and design community in 2018, we have carved out a niche in creating quality solid wood furniture, made for designers by designers. We wanted to become a quiet disruptor in this industry, supported by our years working with the design community.” Pilato continues, “We have developed a product line that responds to the needs of the market, rather than us telling the market what they should purchase.”

Matt Cheadle, Creative Development Manager of Mantra Inspired Furniture states, “The appeal of solid wood in commercial grade furniture is that it has a durability unmatched by veneers and man-made materials. While these products are considered ‘investment grade,’ we are discovering a population of organizations willing to make this commitment to their employees and staff as they begin to re-enter their on-site workspaces. It is a very exciting time for the industry.”

Mantra IF’s design philosophy includes sustainability practices, specifically creating furniture that will last for generations rather than a few years. In a traditional manufacturing setting, these worn-out furniture pieces would be discarded or go to waste at a rate of 11.8 million tons a year. “We believe it is critical to optimize the use of our natural resources in manufacturing,” Pilato says, “and our products will enter into a circular economy rather than the landfills.”

The agreement with One Workplace will officially commence in Summer 2021.


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