Mahani was born in London to Malaysian parents and grew up in Kuala Lumpur. Encouraged by her Architect mother who used to make My Little Pony inspired duvets, soft toys and bags for her, she started making ‘stuff’ herself from a very young age.
Mahani taught herself to sew at the age of 16, and switched from paper to fabric for her creations. After high school, it was only natural for Mahani to return to England to do a degree in Product
Design where in her third year, she did a placement at a German company, Koziol Ideas for Friends, designing quirky, fun, injection moulded homeware items.
Two years after graduating, Mahani landed an internship at a London based design studio specialising in inflatable structures, and has been involved in numerous projects ranging from small inflatable products and retail displays to large scale inflatable buildings and semi-permanent architectural projects for high profile clients such as Puma and Coca Cola.
Gaia, originally from Portland, Oregon, USA, started sewing at a very young age making clothes and unusual costumes. She studied sewing and fashion design through school, and at age 18 moved to New York City to study fashion design at the prestigious Pratt Institute.
In 2001 Gaia transferred to Central Saint Martin’s in London, England to finish her degree in Performance Design for Theatre. There she continued to focus on making large unusual objects for the stage. After freelancing in the costume realm, she stumbled upon an advertisement for part time help on large projects, sewing and making inflatable products at a reputable London based design company. The ‘part-time’ job turned into a full-time position. Her skills developed rapidly, as did the quality of the inflatables.