At Buro247 Middle East, we are committed to showcasing and celebrating the extraordinary talent in the Arab world. With our column, #BuroSpotlights, we bring you stories of pioneering artists, innovative designers, tech trailblazers, cinematic visionaries, sports stars, and more.
This week, #BuroSpotlights Lebanese artist Noor Taan. With a solid educational background in art, Noor boasts a BA in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and a Master’s in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York.
The UAE-based artist works with a unique material, keeping sustainable practices at the heart of her designs. Taan uses Loofah, a natural indigenous material from the cucumber family harvested in Lebanon, to craft her designs.
Famed for her ‘Life of Loofah’ project, Taan is committed to exploring eco-friendly materials in product design, including interactive installations, lighting, home decor, and clothes. Exhibited at prestigious venues such as Art Basel Miami and subsequently in Nepal, Hungary, and Mexico, ‘Life of Loofah’ not only showcases her design prowess but also contributes to local employment opportunities, representing a philosophy of consciousness and change. Noor’s significant contributions extend to partnerships with industry giants like GoPro and Keio Media Tokyo, as well as exhibitions at major events like Art Basel Miami and Dubai Design Week, cementing her position as a visionary in the international design landscape.