As one of the landmark installations at last month’s London Design Week, Mini Living’s “Forests” taps into an important urban trend. With the ever-growing scarcity of affordable housing in big cities and an evolution in workplace needs as offices go mobile, “third places” – contact points that lie between work and home—have grown in importance.
Designed by Asif Khan, the project explores three interpretations of the “third space,” with each greenhouse-like installation designed to encourage a specific activity: relaxation, connection, or productivity. A special focus is put on plants as a way to relax and improve urban quality of life.
Text by Julia Ardila Zurek