"I'm interested in what the future might
look like" - Asif Khan at Dezeen Live

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In the next movie we filmed during Dezeen Live at 100% Design, designer Asif Khan explains how soap bubbles, rubbish bins and a neighbour's flower bed have all provided inspiration for his work.

Asif Khan at Dezeen Live

Above: images from Asif Khan and David Knight's blog

Khan begins by showing the first of five images, a composite of pictures including amusing signage at an east London market and a vapour trail from a u-turning plane, posted onto the blog he shares with designer and author David Knight. "It started as a place where we could post images for each other to look at," Khan explains. "It's a pot where I harvest ideas from quite often."

As an example of using his vicinity as stimulus, he describes how while struggling to come up with an idea for his 2010 residency at London's Design Museum he used a plant growing on the route to his studio as inspiration for his Harvest furniture collection. "It was staring me in the face, this thing, so I thought why don't I ask the lady who owns the garden if I can take a bit of this and see what we can make from it."

Asif Khan at Dezeen Live

Above: gypsophilia plant (left) and a table from the Harvest furniture collection

He proceeds to recount the instance he began to think of architectural applications for soap bubbles while bathing his children. "Why can't we make a wall out of a material like this which you could sculpt? Why can't it be a roof? What would it mean?" This lead to experiments with helium and soap to create floating cloud-like forms, as shown in his next pair of images.

Khan then shows the Coca-Cola Beatbox pavilion at the London 2012 Olympic park that he designed with Pernilla Ohrstedt, which has elements that play sounds of performing athletes recorded by music producer Mark Ronson.

Asif Khan at Dezeen Live

Above: clouds (left) and an experiment with helium and soap bubbles (right)

He finishes by showing his design for this year's Designers in Residence exhibition, inspired by fabrics used to keep flies away from rubbish in Tokyo. "You can see the impression that the cardboard boxes have left on the fabric; it's got this memory. We used a fabric quite similar to this with electrical conductivity to form booths around each designer's work."

"I'm interested in new ways of doing things and the future of what the space around us might look like," he concludes.

Asif Khan at Dezeen Live

Above: a journey (left) and the Coca-Cola Beatbox pavilion at the Olympic Park (right)

Dezeen Live was a series of discussions between Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs and a number of designers and critics that took place as part of the talks programme at design exhibition 100% Design during this year’s London Design Festival.

Each of the four one-hour shows, recorded live in front of an audience, included three interviews plus music from Dezeen Music Project featuring a new act each day. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting all the movies we filmed during the talks.

Asif Khan at Dezeen Live

Above: netting used to keep flies from bins (left) and this year's Designers in Residence exhibition at London's Design Museum (right)

Movies we've already published from the series include talks with IDEO UK design director Tom Hulme, architect and writer Sam Jacob and designer Katrin Olina.

The music featured in this movie is a track called Snotty by Reset Robot. You can listen to more music by Reset Robot on Dezeen Music Project.

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  • JayCee

    As opposed to being interested in what the past might look like?