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COMPANY PHILOSOPHY
Delaforja is dedicated to the production of functional and decorative metal work of the highest quality. All of Delaforja'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 special.

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

Relevant Professional Experience:

1995-present
Director, Chief Designer and Fabricator of DELAFORJA SL, Toledo, Spain and SMITH ART, Queanbeyan, Australia.
Smith Art and Delaforja SL specialise in artistic wrought iron fabrication and restoration for commercial and residential building projects. Products include light 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

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)