This living chandelier mimics biology to improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Designed by Julian Melchiorri (Victoria and Albert Museum's first Engineer in Residence), the Exhale Chandelier is based on his previous project Silk Leaf, which consisted of stabilizing chloroplasts in silk protein.
This incarnation involves reworking the synthetic silk leaves into 70 green algae-containing petals in a variety of sizes. Lit by LED lights, the algae-integrated leaves can absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and 'breathe out' oxygen. This turns the lighting fixture into a living chandelier that cleans the air naturally.
Melchiorri envisions this technology to be used in interior surfaces, ventilation systems and even space exploration in the future.