Studio Propolis is a Nairobi-based design workshop set up by husband and wife team Naeem Biviji and Bethan Rayner in 2005.
We both studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh.
Our work combines a formal education as architects with an informal training as furniture makers. We are passionate about making things and we work with different materials across disciplines and scales. Our strength lies in our ability to oscillate comfortably between designing and making.
The relationship between locally available materials and our own craft culture informs how we make and how we design. Our workshop forms the core of our studio practice. The ability to continually test ideas through prototyping and production underpins our methodology. It has given us space to innovate and experiment, building an intimate knowledge of how things are made and how to build locally.
Our commissions have been diverse and projects range from design and build architecture projects to prototyping and manufacturing custom furniture and joinery that make up an on-going collection of pieces.
Studio Propolis will be on the Design Indaba stage again, this time as part of the team of designers who collaborated on the much-anticipated Ikea ÖVERALLT collection.