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1840 Creative is a custom woodworking and steel fabrication studio in Chicago. Founded by Yair Rodriguez and Elvis Ortega, the studio is the result of their passion for woodworking and steel-working, respectively, which have been passed down through generations of their families. With a focus on handcrafting quality custom furniture using local resources, 1840 Creative blends wood and steel in innovative ways to create industrial and modern-industrial furniture with a unique aesthetic.

The name "1840" is a nod to the Industrial Revolution, a time of transition between wood and steel, and Yair and Elvis continue to incorporate these materials in creative ways to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

At 1840 Creative, our commitment to excellence is reflected in every piece we create, and our core values ensure that our clients receive exceptional custom design services and high-quality products. Join us on a journey through history as we create furniture that tells a story.


Our vision is to breathe new life into reclaimed wood and create furniture that captures our clients' hearts. We strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience, from the moment they first connect with us to the final delivery of their handcrafted piece. Our passion for craftsmanship and sustainable materials drives us to create furniture that not only looks beautiful but also tells a story.


Integrity | We stand behind every build we create, and we're not afraid to provide honest feedback or push back on designs when necessary. Our goal is to ensure that every piece of furniture we create meets our high standards and our clients' expectations.

Craftsmanship | Our commitment to excellence drives everything we do. We believe in doing things right the first time, without compromising on quality or safety. Our team is dedicated to creating furniture that is not only beautiful but also built to last.

Communication + Transparency | We believe that open communication and transparency are essential to creating a successful partnership with our clients. If we can build it, we will commit to the project and keep you informed every step of the way. If something is beyond our scope, we will refer you to trusted partners who can help bring your vision to life.

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