Ali was born and grew-up in Iran. He was studying Physical Education at the Ahwaz University when the 1970 revolution led to the closure of universities. Ali was forced to abandon his studies and started working with sign makers which have triggered his creativity. However, by the time he was able to establish himself as a sign designer the infamous Iran/Iraq war became too much to bear and he decided to leave the country.
In 1989 Ali moved to Britain where he studied BA Graphic Design at St. Martins College of Art and Design followed by a Masters in Industrial Design. While doing his dissertation Ali became more and more interested in working with objects of everyday use and transforming them into lighting fixtures. This led to designs involving umbrellas, cutlery and even coat hangers which represent design not in the expected form of stylishness but with a sense of humour which brings these objects closer to the audience.
Website by Ali Siahvoshi