The journey of MIXMA began in Austin, Texas in 2014. Formed to bridge high end European furniture factories to the U.S. market, our original purpose was to serve the architecture and design community and to supply high end products for hospitality projects.
In 2017, the company launched an offshore division and formed a new corporate entity in Mexico. Shorty following, the first of two separate MIXMA manufacturing facilities were opened in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Since its inception as a small startup with 3 employees, MIXMA has evolved into a full scale manufacturer actively supporting over 80 artisans and offering a wide range of tertiary services including high end furniture design, production management, industrial engineering, and logistics support.
Core operations of the manufacturing unit, production, quality control, industrial engineering, and shipment planning, are carried out at our Guadalajara base. Support staff in New York City, Texas, and North Carolina carry out furniture design, logistics, and account management.
MIXMA was founded and is directed by Chris Kinlaw, a 2010 alumnus of the Savannah College of Art and Design architecture program. Beyond managing the day to day operations of MIXMA, the founder is vigorously engaged in a pioneering silviculture initiative in the Mazati national forest on a privately owned 9,000 acre cloud forest tract 2 hours outside of Guadalajara. At the end of each production cycle, organic wood shavings and sawdust from carpentry operations are transported to our private forest reserve and used to repair soil microbiology damaged from logging, wildfires, and poor forestry management practices. The MIXMA founder and volunteer staff work in coordination with forestry engineers, horticulturalists, and scientists to study experimental ways of restoring native flora to this pristine site which includes rare species of wild orchids, bromeliads, endangered pine species, and indigenous fern species.