Mahani Baharum

Mahani Baharum

Director / Product Designer

  • Location: London, UK
  • Career stage: Expert

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!

Work History

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