09 Jun '15, 8pm

Algal infused, living furniture generates heat, food and light (Video)

Algal infused, living furniture generates heat, food and light (Video)

Versatile and abundant, algae has figured prominently as an alternative biofuel , as a food source , and as an architectural material . But for designers Jacob Douenias and Ethan Frier, spirulina algae could also have a role in our homes as lighting and furniture, producing food, fuel, heat and light. © Jacob Douenias & Ethan Frier In their collection Living Things, now on display in Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, the pair of Carnegie-Mellon University graduates demonstrate the different uses of cyanobacteria, or more specifically, spirulina, which was “chosen for its rich green hue, light absorbency, and culinary qualities,” and cultivated in hand-blown glass vessels filled with alkaline water. The designers created three "vignettes" of dining room, living room and a control centre -- each lit with a different version of these glow...

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