Microbal home

3rd November 2011

The latest Philips Design probe was unveiled during Dutch Design week. Shown within Piet Hein Eeks space it explores a future home scenario that is totally self sufficient. The overall idea for the Microbal home is for an integrated cyclical ecosystem where each function’s output is another’s input - essentially the home becomes a biological machine to filter, process and recylcle what we conventionally think of as waste – sewage, effluent, garbage, waste water.

Concept appliances within the home are a bio luminescent light that is powered from bioluminescent bacteria and a 'Patemoster’ a plastic waste up-cycler that uses mycelium (from mushrooms) to break down plastic packaging waste in the home. They also suggest an urban beehive that lives within the home and a kitchen table that is also where you grow vegetables that are kept 'fresh' for longer with 'Evaporative cooling' technology.

There is also a beautiful film commenting on future dirt and nano technology in collaboration with Nancy Tilbury, Bart Hess and Harm Rensik that is beautiful and thought provoking, I will post it up once it is released.



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