Shop of the Week: Casa Ligna
Inject sophistication into your home with the well-crafted pieces from this furniture store in Makati
From furniture manufacturer Designs Ligna comes Casa Ligna, a high end line for the home. “Designs Ligna has been associated with Asian contemporary. This time around, we’d like to introduce some other styles. We wanted a more contemporary-looking store, even more upscale than what we used to have, and a mix of different materials,” says custom design and merchandising manager Mari Ruiz-Gomez. “We’re known for our wooden products that’s our core material, but with Casa Ligna, we feel we want more liberty to bring in other materials.” The two-storey showroom opened last May along N. Garcia Street in Makati.
Beautiful vignettes composed of modern yet warm, exquisitely crafted furniture and décor—some already familiar to those who know Designs Ligna, others totally new to the eyes—abound in the showroom. The bestsellers include the sofas from Vietnam, which was unexpected because “sofas haven’t been our strength in manufacturing since we’re strong in wood construction, [but] we were able to find a very reliable supplier of sofas who carries a lot of interesting designs that the market is looking for now,” says Mari. Accessories from Indigo—bowls, candleholders, and lanterns—and lamps from Cebu exporter Catalina are also a hit, as well as Casa Ligna’s very own folding bars and Campaign Desk, which they always run out of.
235 N. Garcia St., Bel Air, Makati City
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Renovating the store, which also used to be a furniture showroom, was one of the challenges they faced. “This is one property where two buildings were constructed,” says Mari. “The fence at the middle was kinda low enough not to cover the roof that’s adjoining a part of the two buildings…so it took [us] a while.”
Finding suppliers, on the other hand, was the most exciting part for Mari. “We have a lot out there, here and abroad, that have very interesting products. And since the owner, Mr. [Nicky] De Lange, is with the Chamber of Furniture Industries, he knows a lot of people, a lot of companies, that could [work out] the concept that we have in mind,” she says.
Casa Ligna also collaborates with designers like Dem Bitantes and Tina Periquet—and even Dutch designer Natalie Buijs and superstar designer Karim Rashid—for pieces exclusive to the store.
The team behind Casa Ligna is planning to improve the mix of items in their store by “getting in more suppliers” and “manufacturing more relevant and contemporary products from our factory,” says Mari.