Julian Melchiorri, a design engineer and biotechnologist who originally earned fame for designing the first synthetic biological leaf, has now come up with an inventive lighting design that is both attractive and environmentally sustainable. Exhale, his “living” chandelier, filters the air while illuminating your space, and was on show at the V&A Museum at the London Design Festival.
The green lighting sculpture is made up of 70 glass leaves that are packed with green algae that consume CO2 and release oxygen. The clear liquid reflects light and emits a pleasant glow. Melchiorri’s chandelier is a sophisticated lighting piece that proves eco-friendly concepts can come in a variety of styles. While green design is often based on clean lines and ultra-modern styles, Melchiorri’s chandelier is a sophisticated lighting piece that proves eco-friendly concepts can come in a variety of styles.
The exquisite chandelier is modular, meaning that its leaves may be arranged in a variety of ways depending on the situation. It may be used both indoors and outdoors, depending on the level of air filtration required. Melchiorri is attempting to make man-made home objects environmentally friendly by basing his work on the simple idea of photosynthesis.
Melchiorri received the Emerging Talent Award during London Design Week for his achievements, which is presented to people who have made an impact within five years after graduation. While the Exhale chandelier is currently a prototype, the young designer aims to introduce the technology to larger buildings in the future, assisting them in their efforts to reduce hazardous emissions.
This “living” chandelier is made up of 70 algae-filled glass leaves that filter the air.
Julian Melchiorri, an up-and-coming designer who also produced the world’s first synthetic biological leaf, created the green design.