Abir Mnasria and Zaina Khayyat

Born:
1987
Disciplines:
Architecture, Illustration, Graphic Design, Interior Design

Abir Mnasri, co-founder of The Attic Studio and a multidisciplinary designer, graduated from the American University of Sharjah in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture Design. Abir began her design career as an architect in NAGA Architects where she became more interested in Interior and Furniture Design. During her time in NAGA, Abir worked on a variety of residential and corporate interior design projects including an IIDA award winning project for the Best Small Corporate Space in the 2012 Office Exhibition Interior Design Competition.

Along with her career focus, Abir has always been interested in working with a variety of materials and visual mediums including photography and graphic design, while also working with physical raw materials. Abir met Zaina Khayaat at her university, and they found they shared an interest in the interconnection of science, art & the design process.

In 2013 they began collaborating on personal projects, exploring with different methods and mediums that build on both their career backgrounds and their interests. This collaboration has evolved into The Attic, a design studio that combines a passion for exploring, imagining, designing and making.

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Zaina Khayyat, co-founder of The Attic Studio, has graduated with an Architecture`bachelor’s degree from the American University of Sharjah (2009). She started her career as an Art Consultant at an art consultancy firm. In the year 2010, she joined the Dewan Architects Consultancy firm and worked as an architect until November 2014.

Since 2013, Zaina has been collaborating with Abir Mnasria on personal research projects that integrate exploration, conceptual analysis, arts and design. Zaina and Abir initiated The Attic in November 2014. Zaina has been working on hand-drawn pen illustration projects, and her project Vivarium received an award at the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award exhibition in January 2015.

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