Michigan natives Andre Sandifer and Abir Ali, both formally trained in architecture, co-founded Ali Sandifer Studio in 2003. They attribute the balance in their design work to the collaboration between their distinct personalities. One of the most charming aspects of their work is that each piece has a name. Though the names may seem whimsical, its actually a part of the process they take very seriously and reflects their feelings about a piece. Their craft is very much a blending of understated, sophisticated shapes with organic, material-focused handwork, with storage creatively incorporated. Every piece is made by hand, and they do little if any design work on computers, instead following a rigorous and thoughtful process of thinking, prototyping, and refining until they come to the finished piece.