MEET OUR DESIGNERS

After eleven years of being an ophthalmologist, Reda’s passion about art was undeniable. He decided to change his career and go into the furniture business, founding Pinocchio in the 1980s. It was definitely a change of pace, but his biggest challenge came when introducing a new line of furniture with authentic Egyptian flare, featuring Nubian, Arabian and ancient Egyptian styles. Following his mantra — that a piece of wood can express itself — he chose the name Pinocchio after the Italian fairy tale of a wooden doll coming to life. His original drawings and sculptures are the inspiration behind his furniture designs, allowing him to make the best use of the wood remains of handcrafting. This is one of the key characteristics of Pinocchio.

"A little piece of wood can do all the talking."

Reda Orensa

Born in 1979, Amr started working in his family's furniture business at a young age, even during his years of studying botany at the faculty of science. His contemporary designs are characterized by unique lines inspired by the seductive richness nature creates in basic forms. His Carré dining set is one of his bestselling designs at the store. His passion for photography is apparent in the artistic accents of his designs, and this is what makes his creations stand out.

"The magic of a beautiful design is that it works in a mysterious way. It just delights people."

Amr Orensa

Born in 1983 into a family of furniture designers, Maysa’s admiration of ethnic Egyptian designs is reflected in her work. She has been a designer with Pinocchio since 2005, where she joined right after getting her architecture degree from the faculty of fine arts. Her most well-known designs are from the Sultan Hassan line, where she fuses ethnicity and modernism. 

"What’s a design without spirit?"

Maysa Orensa

By being fascinated by nature, Nariman integrates the inspiration found all around us in her designs. After graduating from the faculty of Applied Sciences and Arts from the GUC in 2011 she went on to study Biomimicry (design inspired by nature). Her design approach is to create unique concepts that are organic and simplistic.

“Designs that tell stories make people happy. Who doesn’t love listening to a good story?”

Nariman G. Lotfi

'Adventures and travelling, being constantly inspired by new things and new people explain who I really am. I love design in all fields, and l never stop searching for new styles and new forms of self-expression in order to improve my skills. What sets me apart in design is using my own language instead of the regular base.'

'Design changes human behavior.'

Zhraa Alshafeei

Believing that innovation is the key for better life, Mohamed works as interior and furniture designer, always trying to improve the quality of living by adding new value to his designs in innovative way. Mohamed loves trying different colors and new materials, along with fine details and great impact in order to reach a good design.

"Innovation isn't an option, it's a need."

Mohamed Salem

Born in 1944, Osama inherited his innovative spirit from his father. The creative craftsman designed and launched Pinocchio's modern and office furniture lines. In a daring move, Osama introduced materials rarely used in living and bedroom sets, such as fer forgé. Utilizing his talent and knack for inventiveness, he has worked to improve and even create new furniture machinery, which did wonders to increase the company’s productivity and efficiency. As the current general manager, he is leading Pinocchio to new horizons.

"It doesn't have to be complicated, it has to be innovative."

Osama Orensa

It seems that Ahmed knew what he wanted to do with his life as soon as he was born in 1978. Over the years, he has taken steady strides towards building his career, and he has been designing for Pinocchio since 2000. His passion for construction started at an early age and his pragmatic modern designs reflect his years of experience. Sleek curves are the secret behind his masterpiece of a creation, the Brigette entrance unit, one of the bestselling units in our stores. His studies of chemistry at the faculty of science play an important role in enhancing the wood finish techniques in Pinocchio.

"Every design is a creation that has its own needs."

Ahmed Orensa

With a passion for all things Egyptian Marwa Medhat has been designing for Pinocchio since 2011. Her eye is always on the fusion of traditional local handicrafts and the simplicity of modern designs.

"Fusion of traditions and modernism."

Marwa Medhat

Nada Talaatbhas brought along a breath of fresh ideas, motivation and creativity. Graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2011, she quickly proved a talent for simple functional designs that are infused with ethnic originality. She is always searching for new ideas and approaches that reflect Pinocchio's spirit and heritage.

"Creating a design is like giving a piece of your soul."

Nada Talaat

Hazem is born in 1990, studied design and production engineering at the German University in Cairo. I'm passionate about design since childhood. I believe that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and this is the philosophy behind my designs.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Hazem EIShatlawy

Born in Portugal and MA graduated in Product Design, Sara Latino Tavares joined Pinocchio’s team in 2017 where she had the opportunity to explore the richness of the Egyptian traditional industry. Passionate about design and arts in general, Sara is an enthusiastic learner motivated by new challenges, which represent a good stimulus to her creative work.

"There is nothing more grateful than see the eyes of those who appreciate and recognize the value of your design."

Sara Latino Tavares