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Algae, perspectives in design and technology

Innovative symbiosis between humans and nature

Articles by Gianmaria Vernetti July 1, 2015

Summer holidays are coming, so if you are planning to relax on a sunny beach you will probably have the chance to get in touch with algae, the new protagonists of art and design. Algae are unicellular and multicellular organisms marked by several astonishing features.
For example, their photosynthesis process is ten times more efficient than those of trees and grass. And they can absorb considerable supplies of carbon dioxide and oxygen.

Algae are the key topic of new forefront projects in energy and biofuel production, not to mention initiatives in the field of sustainable architecture and urban design.

While surfing on the web searching for articles about algae I found this wonderful quote by American poet Gary Snyder:

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home”

That’s why I felt fascinated by this wonderful project developed by designers Jacob Douenias and Ethan Frier. Living Things is a series of cutting-edge furniture focused on the cultivation of a cyanobacteria called spirulina.

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The project aims at exploring the symbiosis between humans and algae to produce light. The ecosystem is embedded on lamps and tables and is controlled through a central device.

That makes sense to me. Projects like Living Things pave the way to a new perspective in interior design and sustainability, by creating living objects mixing science and technology.

Living Things is on exhibition at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Algae are the future.
I truly think it makes sense.

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