As the founder of two start-ups – multidisciplinary design collective Non Specific Creativity, and product design firm Interior Newman and Kamali Ltd – Nazanin Kamali has worked on everything from restaurant design to art installations. She is a graduate of The Royal College of Art, where she studied furniture design, and spent some time working in the corporate world, managing store installations and visual branding for Aero retail stores in London. With such an impressive resume, it’s not surprising that Kamali’s work has been recognized with a Good Design Award and two Design Plus awards; she was also shortlisted for an Elle Decoration UK award. The simple forms of midcentury architecture inspired her Celine Desk (2008), which is crafted with turned and tapered solid hardwood legs and a single-drawer desktop. An open cubby on the right is a great place to stash papers and other necessities. Legs ship unattached; no tools necessary to screw them into the desktop. Made in Lithuania.
H 29.75″ W 43.5″ D 21.75″
Wood veneer over MDF; solid wood legs; white painted MDF drawer front.
A multidisciplinary designer and entrepreneur, Nazanin Kamali embarked on her career following graduation from The Royal College of Art in London, where she studied furniture design. Striking out as a freelancer, she went on to found the design collective Non Specific Creativity, where she spearheaded projects ranging from restaurant design to art installations and worked with brands such as Habitat, Harvey Nichols, Karen Millen and Global Village.
Kamali later joined Aero, managing store installations and visual branding for its retail stores in London. In 2000, she collaborated with the British furniture pioneer Paul Newman to found a product design firm called Newman + Kamali, which was subsequently renamed INK (Interior Newman and Kamali). She continues there as creative director and designer, working with retailers including Heal’s, Crate & Barrel, Marks & Spencer, Futon Company, SCP and John Lewis. In 2005, Kamali began designing products for Case Furniture, a partnership that continues today.
Along the way, Kamali has won several awards, including the Design Plus Award (1996 and 1997), a Good Design Award (1999) and a Grand Design Award (2008). She was also shortlisted for an Elle Decoration UK award in 2007.