New Practices #89: Pernilla & Asif
The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Pernilla & Asif, London
Founded: Spring 2011
Main people: Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan
Where have you come from? We studied at the Bartlett 10 years ago and have had our own practices. Before that, Pernilla worked at Future Systems, and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, while Asif was at Niall McLaughlin Architects and Sophie Hicks Architects.
What work do you have? We’ve just finished the Future Memory Pavilion, made from rope, sand and ice, in front of the National Museum of Singapore. The project was commissioned by the British Council and Royal Academy of Arts. We’ve also completed a restaurant in London’s Borough Market with a mock-Jacobean front. We have some very exciting larger projects set to launch during Christmas in Paris, and are also working on new products and furniture for some Italian brands.
What are your ambitions? Our ambitions are small and big. We like to do architectural projects where they are required, and scale is not really a concern. Our output spans buildings, products, furniture and writing. We collaborate when we need to involve expertise from other disciplines.
How optimistic are you? We’re both superstitious Sagittarians. We think that’s funny, and makes a good foundation for a practice. At the moment, being small is incredibly powerful, and this agility works for all sizes of client.