The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. The Festival is running from the 17-25 September 2016. At this year’s edition, architect Asif Khan will install three plant-filled rooms across Shoreditch.

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Khan’s Forests installation for MINI Living is intended to create places for people to meet up on their way to and from work. The MINI installation at London Design Festival features three themed rooms named Connect, Create and Relax – all located in busy areas in Shoreditch. Each of the plant-filled spaces are underpinned by the Japanese idea of shinrin-yoku, which translates to forest bathing.

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“It means every sense switches to absorb the forest atmosphere – what you hear, what you smell, even the feeling underfoot,” explained Khan.

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The Connect Space was conceived as a meet-up space and will feature a large communal table in the centre of the room. Inside the Create Space, which is intended to provide a place to focus on work, furniture can be rearranged as the visitors wish. The exhibition is open to the public from 17 to 25 September 2016.

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Asif was born in South London and studied architecture at The Bartlett School, University College London. He recently made the shortlist for the Guggenheim Helsinki, and is one of the architects behind this year’s Serpentine Summer Houses.

Source: www.dezeen.com

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