Abdollah Nafisi

Abdollah Nafisi is a designer craftsman at Nafisi Studio, with over 15 years experience in woodworking. He has created luxury furnishings and artwork for the home as well as sculptural works for the outdoors. As a Freeman member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture makers and a TV star from the BBC TWO series The Victorian House of Arts & Crafts, Abdollah likes to contribute to the craft industry and inspire others.

Describe your approach to teaching.

My approach to teaching is first for the student to fall in love with the material they are working with, then get onto techniques and tools to work with it.

What inspires your own work?

I am inspired by Japanese minimal design, the sophistication of Persian art and the innovative approach of British design to create both practical and beautiful objects.

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