Nafisi Studio is run by husband and wife, Abdollah and Kate Nafisi, a local bespoke furniture and sculpture studio making traditional joinery tied with modern luxury.
Abdollah Nafisi is a designer and maker at Nafisi Studio. His 10 years as a woodworker have led him to making both luxury items for the home as well as sculpture for the outdoors. Originally from Iran where he ran his own woodworking workshop for four years, he moved to the UK in 2011. In 2013 he set up his workshop in Horsham to produce bespoke commissioned pieces.
When Abdollah designs he looks at the form of the piece, their inspiration and artistic expression. He prepare the materials and carries our the actual build and joinery. He also teaches classes and lectures about woodworking and design. He often offers local business and charities pro bono work.
Kate is a designer and finisher at Nafisi Studio. She has been a software designer for 10 years and a talk series curator. She started out in fine art and interactive art, which led her to tangible touch screen user experience and finally to UI/UX for digital products. Her passion for human interaction and early attraction to participatory experiences, makes furniture design a natural extension of her skill set.
When Kate designs she looks at the function of the pieces, their user experience and ergonomics. She makes sure that each piece satisfies the clients needs. She owns the marketing and operations side of the studio as well as contributing to the finishing on the pieces from sanding to oiling.
From Persian Rugs, travel in the Iranian desert and Islamic art, to Japanese joinery, design and craft to biology and nature herself, we find inspiration in a multitude of places.