Member Profile: Nafisi Studio

Nafisi Studio is a British luxury bespoke art furniture and sculpture studio based in Horsham, West Sussex. Run by husband-and-wife team, Abdollah and Kate Nafisi, their handmade pieces fuse progressive and heritage craftsmanship.

Working on all types of bespoke commissions, big and small, Nafisi Studio designs and creates wardrobes, cabinets, kitchens, shelving, storage and a range of tables. They use traditional Japanese joinery as a core part of their work, and continue a legacy of joinery and high-end cabinetry in their pieces. They like to fuse traditional craftsmanship with contemporary and new design approaches to create unique works of art.

Abdollah and Kate come together from two diverse and rich backgrounds. Abdollah is a designer craftsman, with over 15 years’ experience in woodworking. He has created luxury furnishings and artwork for the home, as well as outdoor sculptural works. As a Freeman member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture makers and a TV star from the BBC 2 series The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts, he likes to contribute to the craft industry and inspire others.

Originally from Iran, where he ran his own woodworking workshop for four years, Abdollah relocated to the UK in 2011, and in 2013 set up his workshop in Horsham to produce bespoke commissioned pieces. He is passionate about raising the quality bar of each of his pieces, as well as in his field, to make the British handmade luxury industry proud. He also teaches woodworking courses and lectures in design at West Dean College, and additionally offers local businesses and charities pro bono work.

Kate is a designer and maker. She has been a software designer for 10 years and also an art and design talk series curator. Born and bred in London, she started out in both fine and interactive art, leading her to digital touchscreen user experience and finally to UI/UX and service design for digital products.

Kate’s passion for human interaction and early attraction to participatory art make furniture design and sculpture 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 client’s needs. Kate also manages the studio and deals with communication, their shop, marketing operations and organises steam bending woodworking courses.

Nafisi Studio cares deeply about the provenance of the materials they use, including where trees have been grown, who felled them and where their tools originate. They also use local timber yards for their FSC woodstock, and regularly purchase off-cuts instead of new timbers. They make sure their studio reduces and recycles as much as they can, right from the start of the design process. The workshop’s heating and lighting is supplied by renewable energy due to the farm’s biomass boiler system and solar panels on the roof.

The pair’s talent and creativity, their passion for producing top-quality work and their respect for the environment and world around them is evident for all to see.

For further information contact:

Nafisi Studio, Tetherstones Stables 4, Hammerpond Road, Plummers Plain, Horsham, RH13 6PE

Tel: 07593 179825

Website: www.nafisi.design