About Shai Akram
Shai Akram is a maker-designer and co-founder of Studio Alt Shift, a London based practice set up in 2006 with Andrew Haythornthwaite. The studio is dedicated to the design and research of spaces, furniture and lighting through experimentation and production.
Shai graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Masters degree in Design Products. Under the mentorship of designer-architect Ron Arad, Shai’s work emphasised the importance of collaboration and intelligent making. Since graduating, Shai’s academic contributions have continued at Bath Spa University, where she wrote an undergraduate programme titled ‘Three-dimensional Design; Idea, Material, Object’ and at the University of the Arts London where she teaches material culture philosophies.
From commercial interiors and exhibition design to furniture collections and bespoke products, nowadays Shai’s work can be found in the permanent collections of Design Museum, London and MoMA, New York.