MINI Living ‘Forests’ by Asif Khan, part of London Design Festival 2016 (17-25 September)

Asif Khan is bringing greenery to the concrete streets of Shoreditch during London Design Festival with three plant-filled ‘rooms’, dubbed MINI Living Forests.

The British designer has recreated the greenery, smell and feel of a woodland setting for each installation. Created for car brand MINI, they cues from the Japanese idea of shinrin yoku, or forest bathing.

Each light-filled pavilion – themed ‘Create’, ‘Connect’ and ‘Relax’ – is open to the public and serves its own function.

’Create’ provides space for breakout meetings and work, while ‘Connect’ allows individuals to gather for conversation. Here the benches transform into a work table that runs down the centre of the room.

‘Relax’, meanwhile, invites people to do just that: sit back and take a breath… Once you’ve climbed into it, that is. This box-like structure is mounted on stilts to block out noise from the nearby road, with plants lining its interior ledge.

MINI Living ‘Forests’ by Asif Khan, part of London Design Festival 2016 (17-25 September)
MINI Living ‘Forests’ by Asif Khan, part of London Design Festival 2016 (17-25 September)

MINI Living Forests is the latest pavilion-like project by Khan, who also created a summer house for the Serpentine Galleries earlier this year, and the Coca-Cola Beatbox at the London 2012 Olympics. The rooms will open to the public from 17-25 September.

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