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 young 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 such as 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.