A chandelier radiating soft green light and endowed with the ability to purify the air, appeared in the laboratory of design engineer and biotechnologist Julian Melhiorri. He was the first to turn to the idea of synthesizing a bionic leaf.
A new piece by the designer is a “living chandelier”, dubbed “Exhale” (Exhale).
Mimicking the natural process of photosynthesis, “Exhalation” purifies the atmosphere from carbon dioxide and pollution, converting them into oxygen and light. An unusual chandelier was presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V & A Museum) at the Design Festival in London.
Each of the 70 leaves of the lamp is made of glass filled with green algae that absorb carbon dioxide. Colorless liquid filters sunlight, producing a soft radiation.
Very often, eco-designers present their works in a laconic style of techno. When choosing the shape of the lamp Melchiorri refused to super-modern solutions that resemble the interior decoration of space stations. He turned to the classic combination of geometric lines and plant forms, leaves and flowers, which are full of Islamic art. This once again confirms that eco-friendly concepts are able to satisfy the most diverse tastes and styles.
An elegant chandelier consists of modules that are able to take on different configurations and function equally efficiently inside and outside the room. It all depends on where the air needs it most.
For his achievements, the engineer was awarded the Rising Talents prize at Design Week in London. This title is awarded to young designers who have achieved impressive results during the first 5 years after graduation. And while mass production of Expiration is still a matter of the future, Melchiorri hopes to enrich large buildings with technical bionics and help fight harmful airborne pollution.