Founded in Sweden by internationally acclaimed industrial and furniture designers Nelson Ruiz-Acal and Cate Högdahl in 2006, Cate & Nelson is a London-based multidisciplinary design studio working in a variety of sectors including furniture, lighting, product, interior and art direction. With offices in Sweden, Spain and UK, Cate & Nelson create products and interiors to offer something over and above expectations.
Their inspiration is drawn from an ongoing design dialogue, and through observation of daily situations and needs that arise from product requirements, materials and spaces we utilise. Their designs are distinguished by the studios broad range of skills, sustainability, honesty, high functionality and continental approach. The studio is involved in the entire collaborative design process between the designers, manufacturer, the brand and the end user, taking great joy in being a part of the journey from the first idea to the final product. Cate & Nelson has received major international press coverage and their products have been exhibited internationally.
Architect Rafael del Castillo has a degree from “Escuela Superior de Arcitectura” in Seville, Spain. He also has a master’s degree in “Collective Housing” at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he after his studies continues to work at the “Acoustics and Vibration Laboratory”. From Madrid he moves to Quito, Ecuador, where he collaborates with the architecture studio GMA Arquitectos Asociados.
Back in Seville, he establishes an architecture studio (Ombú) together with three partners, where he was involved in projects of different scale and phases, from concept phase to the follow-up in both residential and public projects.
In early 2017 he partners up with Cate & Nelson to create a multi-disciplinary creative studio where architecture and design is combined.