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First Ever Living and Breathing Chandelier that Purifies the Air

Incredible Living and Breathing Bionic Chandelier

How incredibly exciting to have the world’s first living and breathing chandelier on display at the V&A Museum for the London Design Festival. The chandelier called Exhale features transparent glass petals which contain live green algae. These micro-organisms use the basic principles of photosynthesis to take carbon dioxide out of the air and convert it to oxygen, turning the chandelier into a large air-purifier, powered by nature.

The First Ever Living and Breathing Chandelier that Purifies the Air
Photo: Mike Chino – Inhabitat.com

Exhale was created by Julian Melchiorri  a design-engineer, biotechnologist and CEO of Arborea based in London. The mission of Arborea is to solve resource scarcity and global warming on a massive scale, by harnessing the oldest and most important chemical process on earth, photosynthesis.  A process Melchiorri believes can be used in both products and architecture.
For his work on the Exhale Chandelier Melchiorri won the 2017 London Design Festival Emerging Talent Medal.

The First Ever Living and Breathing Chandelier that Purifies the Air
Photo – London Design Festival

As a fan of Bio-mimicry myself, it is great to see the development in this area. Nature is so clever, it makes sense to learn from it and work in harmony with it.

The First Ever Living and Breathing Chandelier that Purifies the Air
Photo: Mike Chino Inhabitat.com

At a time where global carbon emissions and urbanization are growing exponentially, it is inspiring and comforting to see designers using technologies, art and design to create eco-products and materials that not only have a positive impact on our environment, but look beautiful too.

The future looks exciting, hope you have an inspired week.

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