Shabnam is half French, half Iranian and born in the USA, where she spent the first years of her life. So it is perhaps no wonder, her openness to the diversity of all things and her ability to look at things from many angles. Growing up in a family involved in human rights, Shabnam took her own stance, and at a very early age became a defender of the planet. Looking back, her childhood favourites the Barbapapas might have influenced her with their message of ecological awareness, collaboration and shifting shapes to solve issues.
Shabnam is a bit like an environmental Macgyver, with great perception of situations and her mind jumps directly to work on developing solutions. This applies to her work as well as her own life. Her home is full of things she has found on the streets and turned into beautiful furniture, like her kitchen shelf made of a top of a closet and a broomstick that used to belong to the lady who lived in her apartment before her.
“I hear my friends complain about putting together their IKEA kitchens, but doing my kitchen was fun”
Waste is Shabnam’s speciality. Not only does she turn other people’s waste into useful objects, she also produces very little of her own. Her wormery compost in her hallway, which she made from scrap wood helps reduce her waste a lot.
“People think composting is a lot of hassle, but they also find it a hassle taking down their garbage everyday. I only have one small bag per week”