Is Spirulina Furniture the Future of Interior Decor?

Spirulina makes for a surprisingly chic interior decoration-that is, if you have an eye for aesthetic algae-like designers Jacob Douenias and Ethan Frier. You’re probably more interested in getting a rug with these special deals from the Bazaar Velvet company or something similar for your interior decoration, it really depends on what your tastes are drawn to, just because someone you know has the ‘latest thing’ doesn’t mean you have to jump on the bandwagon, so from rugs to mural wallpaper, it is all down to you. However, you clicked on this article so hopefully, you might be just a little bit interested in Spirulina. In Livings Things, installed at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, the recent Carnegie-Mellon graduates harness the light, heat, and beauty of the photosynthetic cyanobacteria cultivated in baths of alkaline water.


Chosen for its rich green hue, light absorbency, and culinary qualities-chefs and bartenders incorporate the organism’s powdered form into edible additions throughout the duration of the show-the liquid plant shines through three areas of a futuristic home in oblong, multi-purpose glass vessels.


“The morphologies of hand-blown glass vessels function both as lighting and heating elements for the human occupants, and high functioning photobioreactors which provide heat, light, agitation, air supply, nutrient and waste control to the living algae inside,” Douenias and Frier explain in their press release. They separate their photosynthetic fixtures into three “vignettes”-a dining room and living room illuminated by mounted, hanging, and grounded lights and a concealed control center-linked by just under half a mile of a plumbing and wiring. This is the kind of custom lighting fixtures people are keen to have, both in their homes and in office spaces.


At the control center, “each of the nine vessels’ life support systems can be adjusted individually,” they say. “The 3D printed nylon knobs embedded in the surface of this workstation actuate eighteen valves which allow for the harvesting of Spirulina when the culture becomes dense enough, and the supply of fresh liquid media to each vessel. Inside the cabinet the pumps, tubing, manifolds, LED drivers, air pumps, heater connections and filters which comprise the heart of the life support system.”


Get your fill of the photosynethetic features of Douenias and Frier’s futuristic home in GIFs, pics, and the installation’s video below.

Photo: All photos courtesy of the Mattress Factory, Photos: Tom Little Photography LLC.

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