History


A Legacy of Craftsmanship

FOR OVER FORTY YEARS, DESIGNS LIGNA HAS BEEN FAITHFUL TO A FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPT: THE MANUFACTURE OF FURNITURE WITH OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND DESIGN.

In 1969, the country’s first industrial designer, Al de Lange, and his wife Kay assembled a modest team of craftsmen in a small front yard workshop. The goal was to make the finest wooden furniture available in the country.

The outcome was Designs Ligna, a company whose designs were significantly different from what Filipino homes were used to at the time. Contrary to the ornate designs of the era, de Lange designs had clean lines and silhouettes, introducing a new perspective to the art of interior decorating in Manila.

Their workmanship and dedication to quality took them from that humble front yard into a widely recognized standard in the Philippine furniture industry. By the early 1980’s they had expanded into the export market, supplying pieces for leading manufacturers in the United States, such as Henredon, Lexington, Century, and American Drew, among others.

In the 1990’s Designs Ligna began developing their product lines further, and marketing their unique designs abroad. Today, the company supplies furniture to high-end retailers in over 17 countries.

Relying on their history of craftsmanship, the company continues to produce original designs with a stamp of workmanship that is truly their own, a stamp only achieved by forty years of dedication to wood and art.

Our Philosophy

THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF QUALITY AND DESIGN ARE EVIDENT IN OUR METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION.

Ligna, Latin for wood reflects our company’s commitment to highlight the natural qualities and beauty of this principal material.

Armed with craftsmen who have been with Designs Ligna for over thirty years, we understand wood better than anyone else. And while we have grown in size over the years, our people still show the same love and care for each piece of furniture that passes their hands.

It is our passion to produce quality furniture through proper engineering and manufacturing. We believe in innovative designs and excellent workmanship. Every piece constructed employs our company’s tradition and technique of hand crafted joinery; no nails are used to assemble the woodwork.

The Naturalist

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS AND ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE, WE ARE DEDICATED TO CREATING ONLY ECO-FRIENDLY FURNITURE.

Environmental awareness and corporate social responsibility have always been our priority. These have influenced the careful selection of wood used in our furniture. Particular about the source from where our wood is harvested our company’s social commitment includes using mostly imported wood from North America and Germany because of their methods of sustainable forestry.

We currently import hardwoods like Ash, Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Walnut, all from well managed and sustainable sources. This sets us apart from other local manufacturers who still use local woods from our shrinking Philippine forests.

Our company does make use of some natural materials indigenous to the Philippines. The Filipino touch is seen in the organic fibers, vines, shells, bark and fabrics incorporated into our designs.

Built To Last

WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE TIMELESS BEAUTY AND ENDURING QUALITY OF OUR PRODUCTS.

To become a senior craftsman at our company takes a minimum of 10 years. We believe that this is what sets us apart from others. Our company’s forty years of experience and knowledge passed down from craftsman to craftsman allows us to manufacture furniture to last a lifetime.

Aside from our dedication to excellence, we give our customers the comfort of knowing that each piece comes with a five year warranty. Apart from which, restoration, refurbishing and refinishing services are offered for pieces past five years. This service, currently done for our customers and pieces of fifteen, twenty, or thirty years old reflect our commitment to making sure that your furniture lasts a lifetime.

Making It Happen

FROM SIMPLE MODIFICATIONS TO CUSTOMIZED DESIGNS, WE CREATE UNIQUE PIECES TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS.

Our core business is the design and creation of wooden furniture for the home, as an added  service to customers, we also offer interior design assistance and producing custom made furniture to meet the specific needs of our customers, all backed by expert advice from the creative in-house team of world class designers that help our clients visualize their dream spaces.

We have also begun to offer our in-house veneering capability to customers through the design, manufacture and installation of top-end cabinetry.  For customers who expect more than the usual in their home.

Our company also offers dependable and reliable services to institutional and corporate offices. Furniture for boardrooms, offices, hotels, and resorts is a niche in which the company excels. Our collections are considered to be among the finest in the country. They may be viewed at their showrooms in Megamall in Pasig City, Almeda Arcade Building along Arnaiz Street in Makati, and Greenbelt 5 on Legaspi Street, Makati.

Designs Ligna responds to the lifestyle and ambiance you desire in your home, one of comfort, luxury, and style. Each unique piece brings an experience born out of love and passion for handcrafted furniture, creatively manufactured from a magnificent object of nature, ligna.