MIRI & CHRISTIAN CERVANTES, OWNERS OF CALIENNA
With the opening of plant paradise, café and creative studio @Calienna on Neubaugasse, our neighbourhood got a whole lot greener! Owners Miri and Christian Cervantes own the new Biolight Small Buckets in Starling and Woodpecker.
It's honestly just so mindblowing that QWSTION bags are made from plants, and as total plant nerds, also very exciting to hear!
We instantly connected with Miri and Christian through our shared love of plants and wellbeing. They also helped us create our little storefront jungle at @qwstionstorevienna.
WHAT LED YOU TO WHAT YOU DO TODAY?
A passionate desire to connect on a deeper level through creativity, introspection, design, and a love for nature. Having devoted many years to the creative industry, we grew quite tired of working with brands we didn’t personally align with, so we left behind established careers to start our own creative endeavour which would allow us to contribute to the world in a more meaningful way and align our work with our personal interests and values.
WHAT DO YOU CARE ABOUT
Love and connection. Ultimately, without these things, the experience of life would feel meaningless. By cultivating more love in our lives, we can connect with our inner selves and others. Superficial ways of achieving this rarely succeed, so we must engage in the sometimes difficult inner work of getting to know ourselves better. In doing so, we become more capable of extending ourselves to others. This effort is then recognised, reflected, creates a knock-on effect and contributes to a greater harmony.
HOW DO YOU ADDRESS THIS IN YOUR WORK?
Our business is a vehicle for growth. We believe that connecting people with nature and with themselves plants little seeds that have the potential to blossom into increased consciousness. The more creativity and fun we can have in doing so only helps to increase the reach and impact we can have through our work.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN THE THINGS YOU BUY?
Ideally, we look for creativity, quality, craft, meaning and an inspiring reason for being. Concept is always a huge plus! We love things that are crafted and made by people and brands that we connect with. We’d rather buy less and pay more for something that has higher quality and deeper value and lasts longer.