Hello everyone! Nice to meet all of you. We are Noëllie and Oliver Scherrer, from Lausanne and Zürich in Switzerland. We have been living and working in Indonesia for several years and are grateful for what it brought us. In this country, we have learned the beauty to live simply but fully. We deeply love its culture, and like in Switzerland, we feel blessed by its astonishing nature.
During those years, we have discovered the unique craftsmanship in furniture and weaving found on the islands of Java and Bali. Along the way, we have met many artisans by chance or friends of friends living in small villages or big cities in this beautiful country.
With all of these encounters, we dream to offer authentic and sustainable products. We have created Mojo Boutique for this reason.
Respect for the artisan, as well as the environment we are surrounded with, has always been crucial in our work. For this matter, the choice of material is at the center of our daily concerns. We put all our focus on the design of natural items, with the use of materials from sustainable resources. We work directly with the artisans using traditional methods in production, and without going through intermediaries.
Our craftspeople are proud to share what they know, create unique pieces by hand, and produce in small batches outside of mass production.
We are convinced that shopping mindfully is possible from A to Z. We work hard to ensure that the CO2 generated when shipping our products is 100% offset. In addition to that, we plant a tree for every order with our partner onetreeplanted.org.
Our goal is to offer you adorable pieces that tell their own stories and have meaningful values. Each piece comes with a strong identity that ultimately allows you to live in harmony with your space.
Thank you for sharing this adventure with us! Let’s take this journey one step at a time towards sustainable living.
Noëllie and Oliver
We use sustainably-sourced materials such as recycled wood, bamboo, rattan and others as they are all-natural and regenerating materials; nothing based on hydrocarbons.
We are the only Boutique focusing exclusively on upcycled wood for all our wooden furniture. We use recycled wood coming from old furniture, demolished houses, or disaffected boats and other objects built from solid wood at the end of their lifetime. We choose strong wood known for aging well and wood having natural oil inside. Teak wood is the perfect example.When you opt for one of our recycled wooden furniture you make a perfect choice for our environment. No additional trees are cut and existing resources are valued instead of it becoming trash.However, you also make an esthetical choice! First quality teak wood looks nicer the older it is. The veins and knots of the wood are more visible, and its color is warmer, slightly more reddish/brownish. It simply has more character 😊To upcycle wooden furniture our artisans, need to sand it, polish it, remove all previous colors and nails before creating the new furniture or deco from zero. We use a 100% natural and handmade process to do so. On some of them and only on hidden parts, such as below a table or inside a drawer, you might see small painting dots or a scratch or small holes. It comes from the previous object before it has been upcycled.The good thing is that because it is recycled, each piece is different, and each wood has its own story and character. You will have a truly unique piece while making a mindful lifestyle choice.
Did you know that water Hyacinth is one of the fastest-growing plants known? Some were found to even grow up to 5 meters a day in South East Asia. You can imagine the state of the plant after only two weeks. It grows like crazy! Each plant can also produce thousands of seeds each year, and these seeds can remain viable for more than 28 years. Such vigorous growers and reproducers!They are natural, but in most of the countries have been placed artificially. Because of its extreme invasive capacity, they have rapidly reached lakes and rivers. They must be collected to keep them under control. After having been picked and dried in the sun, it becomes a flexible and robust material. A perfect choice for natural, timeless, and durable items without affecting our precious natural resources, an ideal solution for any mindful shopper.
Banana leaves are large, flexible, and waterproof. They are often used as ecologically friendly disposable food containers or as “plates” in South East Asia. They are also widely used for decorative and symbolic purposes in numerous Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Banana cultivation and use of its leave go back to at least 5000 BFC!We pick only the dry and already dead leaves, this is not only better for the environment, but it also makes the process easier. It is a robust and fully waterproof material and can be used to store bulky items or used in a bathroom.
Coconut is an excellent example of “everything can be used; we shouldn’t throw away anything.” After having drunk the coconut water or use it to make milk or powder, wouldn’t it be a pity to throw away the rest? The production of coconut bowls creates no waste at all! It is even the opposite as they are already “waste” as such. Unfortunately, each year, millions of coconut shells are burnt, and their combustion releases CO2 and methane in the atmosphere.So, if you chose to use a coconut bowl, you would have a stylish and quality bowl, but secondly, you will avoid burning the shell! What a win win win solution!Coconut shells are all different in sizes and shapes, like snowflakes ?. Like the rest of all the material we use at Mojo Boutique, they are natural and bio-degradable.Are you wondering what is the icing on the cake? It helps you to eat mindfully. Would you imagine putting a greasy or artificial food in such a natural and beauty bowl? Eyes are so important in the process of satisfaction, and this bowl allows us to enjoy pieces of apples as much as grassy chips. You don’t believe it? Have a try!
Woven grass as a fabric implies the most delicate and tricky process to create. No need to wonder too long about the material: we are talking about grass — the most widely and abundant plant on earth ?. But not any green is chosen at Mojo: sustainable long stems only are picked. Because they are fragile, the woven process is minacious. This fabric is better to be used for a lovely finishing or to add some whiter line on the item, which allows avoiding chemical coloring for a last lighter touch.
Rattans are lianas. They grow up to hundreds of meters long. It also grows much faster than most tropical wood. Rattan is easy to harvest, requires straightforward tools, and is much easier to transport. Rattan exploitation makes it a potential tool in forest maintenance. We work with rattan coming from the plantation and with harvesters who don’t cut stems too young to avoid reducing their ability to re-sprout.
Everyone knows this soft and fluffy fiber. Visually many cottons can be similar. However, the process and the impact on our planet can be extremely different from one method of creation to another. We use organic and natural cotton without using dying chemicals.
Or should we call it the Popeye’s choice? It is sooooo resistant, and no surprise, the construction industry in Asia uses bamboo. Bamboo has a higher specific comprehensive strength than wood, bricks, or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals steel! At the same time and most importantly, it is eco-friendly. On top of that, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants (as Water Hyacinth) in the world. Certain species grow 1 mm every 90 seconds, crazy no? We use it as a raw product, and there is no need to treat it using complicated and burdensome processes or chemicals. Bamboo is simply like the magic potion of any material and a smart choice of mindful shopper.