Harvest by Asif Khan is a project developed for my current show at the Design Museum London as part of the “Designers in Residence” programme. This year five designers were invited by the museum to each develop context-specific proposals for their residencies which could communicate to the wide range of visitors to the museum.
The project’s starting point was to explore using London’s plant life as a raw material for everyday products.
The process developed to create the furniture combines weaving, moulding, freeze-drying and hardening. An industrial freeze-drying chamber was used to preserve the moulded plant material through the extraction of the water content over several weeks. The furniture was then fused using a linseed oil based resin.
The process led to exploiting the plant’s existing branching structure and natural ability to aggregate and interlock. The structures though minimal, span and fill large volumes. Their forms are robust yet delicate.
This project was a chance to reconsider our connection with everyday objects, the materials that surround us and with those we choose to live with.
Asif’s installation appears in the Design Museum Tank on the riverside frontage of the museum. The exhibition runs until March 22nd and also features new work from Bethan Wood and the design collective Farm. Asif's pieces are entering the Design Museum collection.
Designers in Residence, Design Museum
HARVEST by Asif Khan
Date: 27th January – 22nd March, 2010
Place: Design Museum London
Address: Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
Text: Asif Khan
Photos: James Moriarty