Microalgae Lamp

Why use normal lamps, when you could use these alien pods powered by photobioreactors? Ethan Frier created this installation, called “Living Things,” which uses furniture to cultivate a symbiotic environment between people and these microorganisms. It features three stations – a living room, dining room, and kitchen – that each used the microalgae in a different way. The glass vessels contain photobioreactors inside, which are used to provide heat, light, agitation, air supply, nutrient, and waste control to keep the algae alive inside. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Microalgae Lamp

“The entire system was connected through 0.5-miles of wiring and plumbing that supported the main network located in the kitchen. Here, each of the 9 orbs could be adjusted individually, controlled by the 3D-printed knobs built into the table. These handles allowed the algae to be harvested once it became dense enough to supply energy to the installation. Through this unconventional set up, Douenias and Frier hoped to highlight a lesser known, sustainable form of power and show it’s capable of powering our homes,” reports My Modern Met.