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COMPANY PHILOSOPHY
Delaforja/ Smith Art is dedicated to the production of functional and decorative metal work of the highest quality. All of Delaforja/ Smith Art's creations are designed, or co-designed, by Australian designer artisan, Nyree L. Smith. She, with other specialized metal artisans in Australia and Spain, individually hand craft the pieces, each one unique and custom made.

Our aim is to influence contemporary design trends towards incorporating concepts of longevity and symbolic significance to our functional, everyday objects. We think beyond the modern day concept of “design for disassembly” and consider the everyday object as having lasting value, functionality and restorability for many generations to come.

Serpent and Spiral Retail Range (link)
Inspired by the natural world we search for charged symbols that have evolved with us for millions of years. Each design tells a story and through these stories we are reminded of our strong connection to nature's intricate rhythms and symmetries.


Nyree L. Smith
DELAFORJA'S FOUNDER NYREE L SMITH
Professional Experience:

1995- Present
Founder, Chief Designer and Fabricator of Delaforja, Toledo, Spain and SMITH ART, Ocean Shores, NSW, Australia
Smith Art currently provides decorative metalwork for commercial and residential building projects and renovations in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The product range includes lighting fixtures, gates, railings, door hardware, furniture, gift wares, signage and sculptural pieces. The majority of the work is built from mild steel and occasionally materials such as glass, tile, fabric, plastic and timber are used.

Education:
2003 Bachelor of Industrial Design with 1st class Honours, University of Canberra,
ACT, Australia and Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, DF, Mexico
2000 Certificate 4, Applied Linguistics - Spanish Canberra Institute of Technology,
Canberra, ACT, Australia
1995 Certificate 4, Small Business Management, Business Skills Centre,
Canberra, ACT, Australia
93/94 Studies, Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design University of Illinois, Ill, USA

Honours/ Awards:
2003 Umap Award for study at the Universidad Iberoamericana, DF, Mexico
2001 Winston Churchill Fellowship to fund 5 months professional study with product designers and artisans in Spain and England (link)
2001 Housing Institute of Australia Awards, “House of the Year”, ACT, Australia
–major contributor (The design and supply of 4 x exterior gates)
1993 Australian Arts Council Grant to fund a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design, Illinois USA
1993 George Alexander and Ian Potter Foundation awards to fund 4 months professional study with designers in New York City, USA