Tehran – In the past few years, Tehran has witnessed a wave of young designers beginning to produce their own collections, choosing to sell them in private showrooms or via Instagram. This swelling highlighted a gap in the capital’s retail market: beyond needing a brick-and-mortar place catered toward local designers, there too needed to be a place where contemporary Iranian design culture could be collectively developed.
That’s how the idea for Comode, a concept-store-meets-cultural-hub, was born. Modelled after the conceptual function of a wardrobe – able to be arranged and adapted as needs arise – the multifunctional 200-sq-m space was designed by architect Sina Momtaz. Beyond offering the purchase of fashion and design objects, Comode also sets in place a platform to host events, exhibitions and special launches.
Last summer, the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran by the American government prompted economic crisis and halted importation. Consequent budgetary constraints and material limitations for projects required Momtaz to look at Comode's future space in a different light: he chose to work with industrial materials in minimal and elegant ways to achieve a high-end look. Existing architectural elements were left untouched and the creation of the desired space instead relied on innovative considerations of furniture and equipment.