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Author: Dan Clarkson

Published Date: 29/09/2016

The London Design Festival is a platform for designers, artists and architects to show off their pieces of work throughout the city of London and to celebrate their ideas of modern design.

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MINI worked with British architect Asif Khan to create its own installation at the event and help to create a space that would fit the remit of a 'Third place' – a space that becomes an important contact point between the home and the office.

As an example of 'spaces between spaces', MINI LIVING 'Forests' was designed to be an area to bring people together and also as a place of calm in the bustling city. The installation was inspired by the Japanese idea of 'shinrin yoku', which literally means 'forest bathing' and you can soak up the forest atmosphere by taking in three senses – sound, smell and touch.

With the exhibit split up into three zones, each section has different attributes that offer different ambiances. The Connect Space is a place to chat and socialise, with a large table offered as the centrepiece of the room.

As a place to work and focus, the Create Space allows the users to be creative as the features can be moved to where the users feel like they can work at their best.

The Relax Space is the best area to unwind, thanks to the inviting aura and it gives the users a chance to move away from their everyday lives.

Displayed at the end of September, it was a striking and innovative piece of design to allow people to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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