Mahani was born in London to Malaysian parents and grew up in Kuala Lumpur. Encouraged by her Architect mother who used to make My Little Pony inspired duvets, soft toys and bags for her, she started making ‘stuff’ herself from a very young age.
Mahani taught herself to sew at the age of 16, and switched from paper to fabric for her creations. After high school, it was only natural for Mahani to return to England to do a degree in Product Design where in her third year, she did a placement at a German company, Koziol Ideas for Friends, designing quirky, fun, injection moulded homeware items.
Two years after graduating, Mahani landed an internship at a London based design studio specialising in inflatable structures, and has been involved in numerous projects ranging from small inflatable products and retail displays to large scale inflatable buildings and semi-permanent architectural projects for high profile clients such as Puma and Coca Cola.
In 2012, Mahani co-founded Studio Souffle with Gaia Hannan and specializes in the design and making of awesome inflatable structures and objects!
Director / Product Designer - Studio Soufflé Ltd
Feb 2012 - Present
Product Designer - Inflate Products Ltd
Jan 2007 - Feb 2012
Designer - Tin Tab Ltd
May 2006 - Dec 2006
Design Intern - Koziol Ideas for Friends, Germany
2003 - 2004
Product Design - BSc - University of Brighton
2001 - 2005
Field of study unknown - Qualification type unknown - SMK Sri Hartamas KL
1995 - 1999
- 3D visualization
- Exhibition Design
- Graphic Design
- Product Design
- Production Management
- Project Management