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Work-Leisure - Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad

From the whimsical to the functional, London-based designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad’s Work-Leisure (2019 – 2021) is a survey of objects made in leisure time by industrial workers West London’s Park Royal.

One of the largest industrial estates in Europe, Park Royal is home to more than 2,000 businesses and 40,000 employees. Over several months, Hashemi-Nezhad visited hundreds of Park Royal businesses and met with workers to catalogue the objects being produced after-hours and in between tasks on the estate.

The resulting visual archive contains a diverse range of personal, playful, and practical objects which, although made within an industrial context, fall outside of supply and demand. Each of these projects – from a tyre dealer’s rubber chair to a metal technician’s welded flowers to a glazier’s decorative mirrors to an office manager’s feminist embroidery – demonstrates alternative uses of materials, processes, and techniques within Park Royal’s workspaces.

Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, 2019-2021
Design by Studio Ard
Softcover with vinyl dust jacket, 60pp + 8 postcards
165 x 120 mm

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