“Living” Chandelier Made with Algae-Filled Leaves Naturally Purifies the Air

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Credits: Mike Chino

Design engineer and biotechnologist Julian Melchiorri designed a chandelier that is not only stunning but also eco-friendly. He named this piece “Exhale,” as it does something more than just a decorative and illuminating function. It can also purify the air in your room.

The chandelier was presented during the London Design Festival, which took place at the V&A Museum. Melchiorri was already known for creating the “first synthetic biological leaf.”

The chandelier is a complex piece that combines 70 glass leaves that can absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Furthermore, the lighting piece features transparent liquid that filters through light, which gives it a “warm” luminosity. It depicts a departure from the typical ultra-modern styles and clean lines seen in green design.

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Credits: Mike Chino

Melchiorri designed the piece to be “modular.” Therefore, it is possible to modify its leaves to different forms as needed. It is possible to use it in indoor and outdoor spaces, depending on where air purification is required the most. The design engineer and biotechnologist based his innovative design on photosynthesis.

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Credits: Mike Chino

The “living” chandelier awarded Melchiorri the Emerging Talent Award at London Design week. This prize is given to people who made an impact on design within five years of graduation.

Exhale is still in prototype, but Melchiorri wishes to bring this technology to large buildings to battle against air pollution once it is completed.

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Credits: Mike Chino

The living chandelier designed by British-Italian inventor Julian Melchiorri has 70 glass leaves filled with algae that can purify the air in indoor and outdoor spaces.

Melchiorri rose to popularity several years ago after he created the “Silk Leaf,” the world’s first artificial leaf.

h/t: [Inhabitat]

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