suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
james KHAMSI: The project is a prototype for a bike storage shelter that can be installed throughout south London. It is made with thin, steel rods that are formed using cnc-benders. The steel rods form a structural surface, from which a colored weather proof membrane is hung to shelter the bikes from rain.
I was thinking about a new category of project: the MICRON. Whereas icons are singular, large and tie to a place, microns are multiple, small and woven into daily life. London’s double-decker buses or the old red phone booths are examples of microns. To make a this thing be a micro, it had to be a “high gestalt” object – which is why i made it have a relatively simple overall form. At the same time, it also had to have some sort of cognitive resonance with bikes and bicycling. This is where the thin spoke-like structure came from, as well as the “spinning” pattern of the membrane.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jK: I was thinking about two sources – op artists like Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely and to a degree Verner Panton, and then also Norman Foster
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jK: James Blake was the soundtrack for the charette.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jK: Tara Donovan