Designer Behind Vibrant CBD Barbershop Recognised By Prestigious Industry Awards

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.

New Foodie and Plant Lover Paradise The Green to Open on James Street

In mid-2020, Green Space opened a pop-up shop on James St which quickly became a hit with both plant lovers and foodies. Now opening at a permanent location on the same street, The Green will include a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant conceptualised by an internationally acclaimed designer, with two-time Chef Hat winner Warren Turnbull in the kitchen, plus elements such as an event space and a flower bar!

“Our new location, simply called The Green, will include an even bigger selection of pots, plants and homewares as well as a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant, event space and flower bar,” the owners, Angela Sclavos and Christina Habchi, announced in January 2021

The fitout for The Green, found on 27 James St, has been coming together thanks to the vision of internationally acclaimed designer Borhan Ghofrani, who wants the new space to be more than just a restaurant. 

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Mr Ghofrani based his designs on the owners’ Lebanese roots and envisions that when visitors step into the new store, they will feel like they are in another world. 

“This space will be a surprise to the senses,” the designer said. “Imagine the stunning red hues of the emblematic Cedar wood of Lebanon intertwined with the alluring plant life that locals have come to love about Green Space, but on a much larger scale.”

The Green will feel right at home on James Street’s lifestyle precinct next to establishments like Endota Spa, Alexa Nice, Pottery Barn and Gerard’s Bistro. It will take over the shop formerly occupied by Akira, the fashion label. 

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“Crafting a space like The Green from the ground up involves a level of reverse engineering. It is a laborious process to deliver design elements engrossed in heritage and history, but it matters, and we are thrilled to unveil the end result to patrons very soon,” Mr Ghofrani said.

Meanwhile, two-time Chef Hat winner Warren Turnbull will serve as the Head Chef at The Green’s kitchen, who will create authentic Lebanese dishes, such as bubbly flatbreads, sweet honey-soaked cheese and crispy homemade falafels, to complement and work cohesively with the restaurant’s design. Mr Ghofrani said that he can’t wait for their guests to have an unforgettable dining experience.

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“Without design unity across all components including sights, smells, sounds and tastes, a venue is soulless and lacks the fundamental pillars of a sustainable business due to a lacklustre patron experience,” he said.

Follow The Green’s Instagram account for updates on the opening date this July 2021, the menu, and their store hours.