ON THE HOMEFRONT: Artesano Iron Works Opens in Wayne

Home editor Lauren McCutcheon is headed to this design gallery’s new suburban outpost

There’s something about a wrought iron gate. You know, the ornately curlicued kind that swings open as if guided by woodland sprites, or, perhaps, the ghosts of the castle the gate protects? It’s the kind of the same vibe as a shiny lion-head door knocker, or a staircase whose bronze banister shines brighter than the queen’s crown.

Hefty, hand-forged objects built to outlast generations seem part mythical, part royal — and, until recently, mostly out of my price range. But, now that Artesano Iron Works, the South American-by-way-of-our-very-own-suburbs iron, bronze and more design center opened up a home décor store in wild Wayne (they’ve got two gallery locations in Lansdale and Manayunk), I can browse outdoor garden sets and reclaimed wooden planters and one-of-a-kind iron beds galore. So, even if I’ll never have a widow’s walk fenced in by rails that resemble birch branches, at least I can get a whiff of the magic.
Artesano Iron Works Home Décor, 354 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, 610-688-0888.

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  • Lon

    Beautiful items but the absolute worst people to deal with. THEY WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY AND NEVER CALL YOU BACK. IGOR will answer the phone promise to call back and you wont hear from them again. This has happened in every conversation with workers, managers and owners. After spending $4000, I couldnt get a return call when the promised delivery date came and went. I THOUGHT THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS AND I HAD LOST MY 50% DEPOSIT. Finally a call back after 3 weeks to inform me my table would be delivered 2 months late. When it finally came I was charged $700 more than the agreed upon price. 2 weeks of messages before someone would call me back. The piece needed touch up work which took 8 weeks of phone calls before someone would return my call. Now again spoke with IGOR 6 weeks ago – he promised to call me right back – STILL WAITING!