Designer Behind Vibrant CBD Barbershop Recognised By Prestigious Industry Awards

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Renowned interior designer Borhan Ghofrani has been shortlisted by the 2021 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for his work on Langanis Barber Studios at the Brisbane CBD and two other locations across the city.


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The stunningly unconventional Langanis has exceeded traditional expectations of how a barbershop looks, with his design featuring avant-garde spaces teeming with edgy neon lighting, unparalleled urban décor and a lively and memorable atmosphere.

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Born in Abu Dhabi but of Iranian descent, Borhan says he challenged classical notions of how a barbershop should look, resulting in a design with ultra-modern spaces that reflect the brand and the trendiness of the shop’s target clientele.

“When conceptualising a commercial space, I look at the design comprehensively in order to curate an intrinsically meaningful brand which is based on how customers experience a business,” Borhan said.

For the barbershop, Borhan designed the interior to manifest the art of precision. He considered the fact that hairdressing is an art of precision, hence, he worked on ratios and angles when conceptualising the design. 

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“The unkind dimensions of Langanis required a compartmentalisation that would promote the entrance and front café as appealing for passers-by in a busy thoroughfare; a central abdomen that features enough client chairs to cover costs; and functional washing and styling zones towards to the rear,” Borhan said.

“The precision and sharp angular characteristics of scissors formed a design language for each space’s unique geometry which is further fortified with energetic lighting that pours onto industrial exposed brick walls, signifying the ever-evolving world of fashion,” he added.

About the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)

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The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program, celebrating the best of Australian interior and product design across 14 categories and six Special Awards.

Entries are judged by a panel of design industry professionals, each of whom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the judging process. As well as attracting submissions from some of the country’s leading architecture and design firms, the program also helps to support emerging local designers.

Winners are determined by the jury, with winners announced at the IDEA Gala Party in November 2021.