STRONG BREATH

Hot off the press from Dezeen UK: the Harvest Chair from designer Asif Khan. A designer-in-residence at the London Design Museum, Asif’s project is to produce furniture from local plants and flowers. For his first try, he chose gypsophila, otherwise known as baby’s breath. Gyp, as it is commonly referred to among florists, has an intricate branching structure that allows plants to densely interlock, which make it the perfect design medium.

In order to shape and preserve the plants, Asif decided to freeze dry the flowers in furniture molds in an industrial drying chamber. After a few weeks, the water was entirely extracted from the gyp and Asif then fused the flowers together using linseed oil resin.

Evocative of clouds or lace, the various chairs and table are nevertheless strong enough to support the weight of a human being.

All are currently on public display in the Tank, just outside the Design Museum, until March 15. For you skeptics, here is one that looks like a “real” chair:

And in case you were wondering if that ubiquitous floral filler known as baby’s breath is really a local plant, here is a photo of gypsophila growing in a London front garden:

It takes your breath away, doesn’t it?

Lisa

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~ by lisacwhite on February 12, 2010.

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