A couple of our friends who recently moved to the same community that we live in, were in need of furniture for their new condo and they weren’t happy with anything that they saw at the local department stores. They decided to look into having some custom pieces built by one of the many furniture builders in Playa del Carmen.
Their first attempt didn’t go well and they absolutely hated the piece of furniture produced by the first shop they chose. The furniture was poorly constructed and they returned it for a full refund. By the way, don’t bother asking me for the name of that first shop — it wouldn’t be fair to them to include their name in the article.
Our friends didn’t give up and somehow they found a small furniture shop that had recently opened called Ferro & Legno, which means Iron and Wood in Italian. After meeting with the owners of the shop, our friends decided to commission them to build a dining room table and a wine cabinet.
Our friends would tell us how they were continually consulted during the production process and that they received photos of the progress.
After a few weeks, their pieces were delivered and we were all extremely impressed by the workmanship. Both pieces were absolutely beautiful and were constructed with quality materials.
That’s when Linda and I decided to commission them to build us a coffee table and a television stand.
Our experience with Ferro & Legno was similar to that of our friends. They continually consulted with us during the production process and sent pictures of the progress.
We even got to choose the three sections of solid wood used in the coffee table and the order they would be appear in.
What impressed us most was their enthusiasm and passion for building furniture. They are truly artists and take great pride in their work. They were a pleasure to work with.
Our pieces arrived a few weeks later and we were extremely pleased. How could we not be? We helped design them.
About Ferro & Legno
This company has an interesting backstory, so I decided to include it in my post.
The two partners in the company, Luca and Andrea are originally from Italy and have been best friends since they were 12 years old. In Italy, Luca was an operations manager for Hitachi and Andrea built furniture in a small family run business that produced pieces for a well-known Italian brand.
Luca fell in love with a Mexican woman and married her. At the wedding, Andrea met the sister of the bride and they later married. The two couples moved to Mexico to start a new life in the Riviera Maya.
I love a good expat love story.
The two men started Ferro & Legno with the vision of producing unique, personalized pieces of furniture based on the particular client’s needs and wants. They believe in the importance of collaborating with the client throughout the creative process to ensure that the finished piece is exactly what the client envisioned.
Having furniture designed and built to your specifications is surprisingly affordable. In most cases, the price is comparable to, or even less than, that of prefabricated furniture sold in department stores and the quality is superior. Of course, the price can vary quite a bit depending on the type of wood that you choose.
Let’s Wrap This Up
The downside to this experience is that now Linda wants to commission them to build additional pieces of furniture. At times like this, I’m glad that we live in a small condo with limited space.
UPDATE 8/22/19: We’re sad to announce that Ferro & Legno are no longer in business. We wish Luca and Andrea luck on their future endeavors.
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