Let Your Furniture Make Dinner
Despite small apartments without much outdoor space, many city dwellers enjoy growing indoor plants. Indoor plants can produce problems such as: insects, odors, dirt, and space taking. Two graduates from Carnegie Mellon, Jacob Douenias and Ethan Frier, created a home installation that uses growing algae as light fixtures. Glass vessels are filled with spirulina (blue-green algae) suspended in water. Pipes connect these vessels to transport water, waste, and air. The algae makes its own food by taking in heat and carbon dioxide from its environment. The contents are constantly agitated ensuring that the algae won’t stick to the sides of the vessel. Each glass container glows too, providing subtle light.
Besides for decor purposes, these lights also provide food. Spirulina is very nutritious and filled with lots of protein. It is a rising new superfood, and growing them at home has become easier than ever. Maybe not exactly. It actually takes half a mile’s worth of piping to connect so many vessels with air, water, and sewage.
If you can understand diagrams, check out how the system’s layout:
Otherwise, Douenias and Frier’s installation can extract the spirulina just at the turn of a knob without the need to take down or open up the “light bulbs.” Then you can eat the spirulina just like that. You don’t have to worry about overeating your lights, because spirulina can double in mass within a day.
This installation cannot be brought to your home yet. It is currently on display at the Mattress Factory of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.