Dastan is pleased to announce "Dialogue: Ten Years Unseen", the debut exhibition of Studio Shizaru at Dastan+2. The exhibition will open for public viewing on October 11, 2019 and continue through November 1.
Studio Shizaru was founded in Tehran in 2009 by co-founders Paulette Ghahremanian and Mehrdad Mohammad Zadeh. Mehrdad's educational background in object design was combined with that of Paulette in graphic design to form the design studio which initially focused on graphic design as well as branding and identity. The duo soon expanded the studio's portfolio into furniture, product, object, environmental and interior design.
Shizaru currently operates from offices in Tehran and Los Angeles. The studio has been the subject of attention by a diverse set of commentators in arts and design, winning much critical acclaim from relevant publications, namely Wallpaper magazine. Shizaru's work was most recently exhibited at Maison&Objet Paris.
Marking ten years since the founding of the studio, the current exhibition seeks to showcase Shizaru's mastery of product design as well as Iranian craftsmanship. Taking inspiration and influence from Iranian painting, book design, traditional architecture and historical furniture design, Shizaru's work can best be contextualized under post-pop art and design. Moreover, a unique aspect of their work is blurring the line between two-dimensional graphic design and three-dimensional object design. The pieces and the mis-en-scène has been thoroughly designed by the studio, creating an immersive setting that can be thought of as an alternative environment that generates a full sensory experience for the audience.