Lazo Studios Ltd. is an art, design, and wood crafting atelier based in London. Drawing on decades of experience steeped in centuries of tradition, we focus on creating intricate artworks and artisan woodwork with contemporary expressions.
Started by Naseer Yasna (Mansouri), one of Afghanistan’s finest master artisan in woodwork, a designer and an educator. He was born in Panjshir, Afghanistan and raised in Iran. At the age of fourteen Naseer became apprenticed to an Iraqi master carver in Tehran. It was there that he learned the precision, sense of design, and scrupulous attention to detail which is integral to his approach. Shortly after returning to Afghanistan at the age of twenty eight, Naseer joined Turquoise Mountain – a charity dedicated to preserving traditional crafts – as a master artisan and teacher. After several years, he went on to establish his own business in Kabul, employing a large number of young Afghan craftsmen and women, many of whom were his own students. Drawing on the rich heritage of Afghan and Islamic design, Naseer has worked on many prestigious projects both in Afghanistan and internationally.
Naseer is joined by the talented Hedieh Wojgani, who is a trained architect, artist and a designer with a nomadic background straddling several cultures and places. Born in Iran and raised in Germany, she trained as an architect and fine artist at the Rhode Island School of Design. Subsequently, Hedieh worked at various architectural design firms in Boston, New York, and Berlin before moving to London to continue her studies at UCL. She then pursued multidisciplinary research projects at various universities in the UK before relocating to Kabul in 2010 to join Turquoise Mountain, first as an architect and later as the director of business development and creative director. For the better part of the past decade Hedieh worked with various artisans from Central and West Asia, managing production workshops, providing them with design and technical input as well as training to help improve the quality of their work.
Lazo Studios creates handcrafted original works that are made to order. Our bespoke services provide unique and personal designs tailored to each client or a specific occasion. Please get in touch if you would like to collaborate or discuss a commission.
- Lazo Studios Ltd, Thames Side Studios, Harrington Way, Mellish Industrial Estate, New Charlton, Royal Borough of Greenwich, England