OBI strengthens design team

Darius Baniabassian has joined the workplace consultancy team at Manchester-based OBI Property.

Baniabassian is a highly experienced interior designer and has worked with major architecture practices including Arif & Bintoak, one of largest architectural consultants in the UAE and Sheppard Robson.

He joins OBI after a short spell at Fairhursts Design Group. He has also worked for Overbury, ADT Workplace, Sheppard Robson and Arif & Bintoak Consulting Architects & Engineers, and _Space.

OBI started its workplace consultancy department four years ago and has continued to expand the team. Stand out jobs include the recent fit-out at 35 Fountain Street and the fit-out for online white goods retailer OBI’s workplace team recently advised Kuits and urbanbubble on the fit-out of their new offices.

Darius said: “I am passionate about delivering exciting conceptual spaces that fit the needs of those who occupy them. I believe that commercial interior design is not just about creating nice places to work in, it is the understanding how people function within a space and tailoring it to enhance both their working and social behaviour. There is no doubt technology has a central role to play in the future of how offices will look and function.”

The workplace consultancy team at OBI Property is currently working on a number of major projects including the design of the NCC Group’s new 60,000 sq ft office in the XYZ Building, Spinningfields and LJ Group’s five buildings around Albert Square, also central Manchester.

Will Lewis, director of OBI Property, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Darius to the team at OBI Property. He has an impressive track record and his skills will bolster our expanding design consultancy as we continue to disrupt the conventional approach to real estate by applying the OBI difference.”

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Congratulations to Darius on joining an excellent team. Duraflor are proud to have our products specified at Rentalcars and look forward to discussing other projects with Darius in due course

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