10/05/17 6:02am

Nadira Vlaugn, Kristian Iglesias and Nick D’Esposito inside the Mattituck studio of the new design firm Arma. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

To compare furniture to luxury footwear, the new North Fork-based design studio Arma is akin to shoes from the world’s finest fashion houses.

Yes, inexpensive sandals from a discount retailer will cover your feet, but wouldn’t you rather buy artisan-crafted Italian leather loafers on Fifth Avenue that hold up forever? Arma’s high-quality craftsmanship and artful designs are in the same league — and they might change the way you look at furniture.

The partners in the new company are Kristian Iglesias, his life partner Nadira Vlaun and Nick D’Esposito, all of Greenport. Ms. Vlaun brings an art and design background, Mr. D’Esposito a fabrication background and Mr. Iglesias a little of both.

“We’re trying to bridge between art and functionality,” Ms. Vlaun said. (more…)