This neat little invention from French designer Mathieu Lehanneur addresses one of today’s most pressing problems: our indoor air quality. By greatly improving on commonly used and generally hazardous products, this design cleans up design.
Designed in collaboration with Harvard professor David Edwards for the opening of Le Laboratoire, and exhibited at MoMA in New York in 2008, ANDREA seems to be an ideal response to counter domestic pollution. This ‘green lung’ works by using the natural absorptive and metabolic properties of both the roots and leaves of the living plant housed inside the unit to clean the air that passes through it. It absorbs toxic gases, such as formaldehyde, from home and office environments in a much more effective and safer way than more common household products, which often times use dangerous chemicals in their filtration systems.
Interestingly, the best-performing plants are quite common. They include Spathiphyllum (spath or peace lily), Dracaena marginata (red-edged dragon tree), Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) and Aloe vera. ANDREA is ideal for spaces up to 40 m2 and upkeep is easy since it consists mainly in watering the plant.
For more information please visit www.andreaair.com