Urbanization, is the word of our times. In 1950 only 30% of the world’s population lives in the city but it is projected that by 2050 over 70% of the global populations will be urban dwellers. With such rapid growth cities are faced with undaunting levels of pollution unheard of just a century ago. As architects and designers we are entering into a new era of environmental thinking that has to either help our planet, recycle some of our creations and consider the biosynthesis of humans with nature. Furniture has always been one of the most vibrant discipline in design as it is comparatively unlimited in its physical restriction thus leaving more leeway to push for innovation. There are many up-cycle creations, environmental conscious ideas and even some that biomorphs with part of our body. But I wonder, what if a piece of furniture that can help your well-being as well as the external environment while still looking good in any given situations. Working with our partners in Italy we have finally came up with solution that can use Light and Air, 2 elements provided by nature, to clean our environment of toxins and bacteria!
Our design, FOGLIA (meaning leaf in Italian) was an inspiration taken form nature where sunlight activates Photosynthesis through leaves creating its nutrition while plants itself absorbs harmful Carbon Dioxide from Air and creates Oxygen to sustain all lifeforms on our planet. The LED light tubes as well as the structure of the lamp are treated with this special photocatalytic mixture. During the day when FOGLIA places near any natural light it will work to clean the surrounding environment while during the night when the light is switched on, the cleansing action will continue. The light is also dimmable via App and Remote to customize user experience. The design is made entirely out of recycled cold forged laser cut steel. There are a series of screens that can magnetically click onto the openings of the lamp thus giving the design more longevity when the user gets bored. All accessories are also photocatalytic treated thus increasing the environment cleaning of the design as the larger the surface area, the greater the cleaning power.
It is the world first environment cleansing furniture that makes you and your family live healthier and happier but also a design that can work on mass to clean our planet. We believe furniture has to be more then just a nice piece of functional art/design and we hope that FOGLIA will lead the way for a new generation of environmental living that any health conscious individuals or environmental planetarian will love to have.
The design is granted World Wide Patent: No. 18100483.4