Creating the Porfirio’s Experience in Miami Beach. The Case Study

May 26 . 2 min read

Updated: Jun 9

Over the past ten years, the team at Lignum Custom Woodwork has built up an enviable reputation among their clients, who comprise designers, architects, and developers. The grandiose and atmospheric interior at Porfirio’s Miami Beach Restaurant has become another flagship project for our business.

Here we share the story of our contribution bringing Porfirio’s concept to Miami Beach.

The Project

Established in Mexico City in 2012, Porfirio’s Restaurant has perfected Mexican cuisine with an exquisite, contemporary and inspirational touch coupled with amazing presentation, and distinguished service. In 2014 the business invested in a new Miami Beach Restaurant which would require a high-quality bespoke interior.

The Client.

Development Service Solutions (DSS) was managing the overall project in partnership with STA Architectural Group. The team at DSS pride themselves on their trifecta of development project success: being on time and on the budget, with happy clients who’ve saved time and millions. STA has built a studio of talented, qualified design professionals and a distinguished portfolio of national and international work, specializing in high-end Architecture and Interior Design.

The Challenge

When DSS Consultants approached us to work on this project, they needed thousands of square wood wall panels, lighting, floating metal display shelving with LED-lit acrylic, a marble hostess stand, bars, counters, and communal tables. By the time we were engaged to deliver this complex build-out, there were only three months left before the opening date!

Our Approach

This deadline was ambitious but perfectly achievable. Every project we deliver is completely custom manufactured, and our team brings together all the skills, expertise, and craftsmanship required to take a project from initial plans to completion. We were able to take the original designs and turn these into carefully crafted and fully workable installations effectively.

Using the highest quality materials, Wood, Metal, Stone, & Lights we focused on each of the different elements required.

Specialty finishes including Copper with Patina, and testing the LED’s, as well as load testing the immense Floating Shelves, while sourcing a range of materials, including high-quality hardwoods to produce the counters, bars, and communal tables.

The Result

The project was completed on time and within budget to our very exacting standards. The quality of the finished project radiates custom craftsmanship as a result of the combination of carefully crafted materials and the expertise of our team. Our most challenging projects come from clients like Architects & Developers under tight deadlines, & demanding logistics, they rely on many subcontractors to get the job done right. Contractors are highly focused on the construction process, completing projects under compliance and under budget. To have a Subcontractor like Lignum who can bring various trades into one company makes everyone’s life a lot easier. “I first heard about Lignum when they came across a project on Miami Beach, a restaurant called Porfirio’s, I had lots of very interesting and detailed pieces of design that I wanted to be executed, and they were the only ones in town who could do it”

Stephen Busto, STA Architectural Group.

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