If you're around Old Street at the moment, you may come across these strange plastic looking structures. Make sure to explore them because inside each one is an oasis of calm.
The smallest one outside the Sainsbury's on Old Street looks rather alien from the outside, with its opaque outer shell. But duck under the outside and raise your head to be surrounded by plants, with the addition of a little ledge that people can sit on.
Just down the road towards the station is a slightly bigger installation. Again stepping inside surrounds visitors with plants, but this time there is more seating and the hope is people will sit down to catch up, or just relax and shut themselves off from the noisy road mere metres away.
The final space is away from the main road, in Charles Square Gardens. In this one, the plants remain on the outside of the structure while people can sit inside on a mulched surface that looks a little like soil, but feels much more rubbery.
The aim is that people will be allowed to take some of the smaller pots home with them, but visitors are also encouraged to bring the plants they no longer want so that the space evolves during its short run.
It's a great idea to offer these spaces of respite away from the hectic Old Street. However, we do have some concerns that they will be in high demand and the amount of people wanting to use these spaces may mean they become a lot less relaxing — it's never easy to chill when you know there are several people waiting for their turn.
Mini Living 'Forests' by Asif Khan will be open from 17-25 September. The three sites are in Vince Court, Charles Square Gardens and the corner of Charles Square and Pitfield street. All are free to use.
Fans of design should also check out the fantastic London Design Biennale at Somerset House.