Interview with Lena Späth

Lena Spath was born and grown up in Germany and currently resides in Spain. She became acquainted with Iranian interiors during her Middle Eastern Studies exchange in Tehran. She was instantly drawn to the deep heritage and architectural mastery of the buildings that surrounded her. The contrast between grandeur and simplicity along with the natural materials, earthy colors and elaborate designs led her to decide to visit Iran in 2017.

Lena is a writer who is covering stories from the Middle East which don’t follow the prevailing narrative.

She has written about Iran’s startup ecosystem, the production of Persian silk carpets and refugees in Iraq. Together with local teams, She has created content about design, business, social as well as cultural topics.

Her book ‘Behind Closed Curtains: Interior Design in Iran’ which offers a peek into some of the most beautifully decorated private homes in Iran, was featured by BBC, Conde Nast Traveller, Design*Sponge, Spiegel Online, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutsche Welle, The Culture Trip, Freunde von Freunden, FAZ, Zeit Magazin, Cover Magazine, and many more.

Interview by Siavash SufiNejad “Mr. Design”