Our Story

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. 

 
 
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ABDOLLAH NAFISI 

Abdollah Nafisi is a designer and creator at Nafisi Studio, in his eleven years experience with woodworking he has created both luxury furnishings and artwork for the home as well as sculptural works for the outdoors. Originally from Iran where he ran his own woodworking workshop for four years, he relocated to the UK in 2011, in 2013 he set up his workshop in Horsham to produce bespoke commissioned pieces.

When Abdollah creates a piece, he’s there from start to finish, from the very first discussion of design to the installation itself.

He also teaches classes and lectures in woodworking and design, often offering local businesses and charities pro bono work. Download CV

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Kate Nafisi

Kate is a designer and finisher at Nafisi Studio, she has been a software designer for 10 years and also an art & design talk series curator. She started out in both fine and interactive art, leading her to digital touch screen user experience and finally to UI/UX design for digital products.

Her passion for human interaction and early attraction to participatory art make furniture design a natural extension of her skill set. When Kate designs she assesses the user experience first and foremost, paying great attention to ergonomics and function ensuring every piece satisfies the clients needs.

Kate does the finishing of the pieces in the workshop from sanding to oiling. She also manages the studio’s communications and marketing operations.

 
 
When something is good quality a person can instantly connect to and feel sympathy for what beauty means in the mind of the artist.
— Nafisi Studio
 
 

influences

 

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.

 
 

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