The Designer

Nayef Francis graduated with a degree in Interior Architecture from Lebanon. He worked across the MENA region honing his skills as an architect.

Upon his return to Lebanon, It was his unwavering passion to create simple and purposeful designs that drove him to establish his own design practice.

His design response is intelligent in its function, innovative in its fabrication, spatial dynamics, materials and playfully romantic in its appeal.

His contextual yet unexpected designs stood out in Wallpaper Magazine, Monocle, Architectural Digest and others, as well as showcased in London, Beirut and Dubai Design Weeks, and sold in galleries from Dubai to LA.

He continues to experiment and innovate with craft and creation to accentuate living spaces and create more room for life.

The Designer’s Studio

Nayef Francis Design Studio’s products combine a hint Middle Eastern aesthetic with minimal and functional design.

The studio specializes in interiors, furniture and lighting, exclusively hand-made in Lebanon, collaborating with Lebanese suppliers using local materials whenever possible, in order to promote and support Lebanese trade and economy, and for quality control and aesthetics.

His work spans different spaces across hotels, homes, restaurants, and high end boutiques, yet converges into one unapologetically simple and utilitarian aesthetic.

Through the balance of simplicity and design complexity the designs are ergonomic, practical and accessible by intelligently reaching new frontiers of fabrication to furthermore harmonize the modern day industrial object.

The Interview

How you turned out to be a designer of interiors products?  

  • I think it’s something I’ve always had in me, somehow. When I was younger, I was very dexterous and I loved creating things out of pieces of scrap. Our house in Jdeideh – Beirut was surrounded by orange groves and it was a wonderful place to grow up. My brothers and I didn’t have technology back then; we just jumped and spent our time outdoors, playing and building tree houses. I remember my father once bought us an encyclopedia for children explaining how things are built and how they worked. We got inspired to build carts, submarines, telescopes…etc. It was truly a colorful and fulfilling childhood. On top, being in the Scouts and being in such close contact with nature had a huge impact on me and my source of inspiration, paving the way for me to become a designer

Your Role models (any field)?

  •  In any given field, there are passionate people who make their dreams come true by defying the status quo. They achieve them through determination and relentless drive. These are the inspirational people I look up to.

What are the important turning points in your life? 

  • The births of my nieces and nephews.

What are your favorite?

Taste: Icecream (chocolate, praline & ashta) 

Scent: Jasmine

Feel: Water

Scene: Sunrise & Sunset 

Sound: Cello (six suites of Bach)

What is your current state of mind?

  • Vacation Vacation Vacation

What is your favorite daily wear attire?  

  • A plain V neck T-Shirt or collarless shirt & Pants

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

  • I have yet to achieve

What is your most marked characteristic? 

  • Getting what I want, irrelevant of time. 

What is your favorite occupation? 

  • A designer during the week. A chef in the weekends and a musician throughout the nights. Aiming too high but achievable 🙂

What do you most value in your friends? 

  • Being themselves 

Who are your heroes in real life? 

  • Passionate people who work for the betterment of their society without the need for recognition and praise.

What is your ultimate dislike? 

  • Ignorance, selfishness and lying

What you wish for all the time? 

  • Safety for my family

What do you expect from the future? 

  • Come what may

What things in life are still a mystery to you?

  • How did it start & how will it end. But I believe it’s a never ending beginning. An infinite loop!

what is your biggest fear ?

  • Losing my memory

What would be your super power?

  • Reading and changing people’s minds 

What would be a good theme song for your life?

  • I did it my way

What would you name your boat if you had one?

  • Phoenix 

What is the best/worst purchase you’ve ever made?

  • Chinese tutorial cassettes 

What inspires you?

  • All the energy around me

An advice for your younger self?

  • Life is beautiful but too short so don’t waste your time on expectations. Just move ahead and all the right things will follow!