Far-future research dialogue by Philips Design
Our newest design probe will be on show during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven at the venue of Piet Hein Eek. The Microbial Home probe adopts a systemic approach to many of the domestic processes we take for granted and asks questions about how we deal with resources. It is a proposal for an integrated cyclical domestic ecosystem where each function’s output is another’s input. It views the home as a biological machine to filter, process and recycle what we conventionally think of as waste – sewage, effluent, garbage and waste water.
The Microbial Home probe consists of 7 concept items:
Bio-digester Island; the central hub in the Microbial Home system consists of a methane digester which converts toilet waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane gas that is used to power a series of functions in the home.
Larder; an evaporative cooling and vegetable storage system.
Bio Light; a concept that explores the use of bioluminescent bacteria, which are fed with methane and composted material.
Filtering Squatting toilet; a waste separating squatting toilet that filters effluent while channelling excreta to a methane digester in the Microbial Home system.
Urban Beehive; a concept designed for keeping bees at home and to create an urban refuge for bees as global bee colonies are in decline.
Paternoster; a concept for a domestic (or school) plastic waste up-cycler that uses mycelium to break down plastic packaging waste.
Apothecary: a concept developed for slow-diagnosing at home using 4 diagnostic tools.
During Dutch Design Week we will highlight all of the concepts more in depth on this blog and hope to get feedback and share insights.