Cate & Nelson was founded in Sweden by industrial and furniture designers Nelson Ruiz-Acal and Cate Högdahl in 2006, Cate & Nelson is a international multidisciplinary design studio.

Cate and Nelson met in Madrid while studying industrial design at IED. Their design studio works in a variety of sectors, including furniture, lighting, product, interior and art direction.

Common to Cate & Nelson’s craftsmanship is that they work with materials of the highest quality and apply a sustainable production process.


Architect Rafael del Castillo has a degree from “Escuela Superior de Arcitectura” in Seville, Spain. He also has a master’s degree in “Collective Housing” at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where he after his studies continues to work at the “Acoustics and Vibration Laboratory”. From Madrid he moves to Quito, Ecuador, where he collaborates with the architecture studio GMA Arquitectos Asociados.
Back in Seville, he establishes an architecture studio (Ombú) together with three partners, where he was involved in projects of different scale and phases, from concept phase to the follow-up in both residential and public projects.
In early 2017 he partners up with Cate & Nelson to create a multi-disciplinary creative studio where architecture and design is combined.