Philips has presented its latest design project, made up of concepts that represent an innovative and sustainable approach to energy, waste, lighting, food preservation, cleaning, grooming, and human waste management. The Microbial Home challenges conventional design solutions with its collection of methane-powered objects and a waste separating toilet. There is a bio-digestor island that converts waste into methane gas, methane-powered lighting, and bio-luminescent bacteria fed with methane to create bio-light. An urban beehive presents a concept for harvesting honey, a fresh food larder uses an evaporative cooler and vegetable storage system built into a dining table, and a plastic waste up-cycler uses mycelium to break down plastic packaging.
The Microbial Home project is a proposal for an integrated cyclical ecosystem where each function’s output is another’s input. In the project the home has been viewed as a biological machine to filter, process and recycle what we conventionally think of as waste – sewage, effluent, garbage, waste water.
Five lifelike models of the concepts within the Microbial Home domestic ecosystem are on show to the public at the Piet Hein Eek gallery during Dutch Design Week, which is taking place from 22nd to 30th October.