The Microbial Home is a project conceived by French designer Cedric Bernard in collaboration with Philips Design. It is a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to address issues of energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting and human waste.
A kitchen island that consists of a methane “digester” which converts organic waste solids and vegetable trimmings into methane gas which is then used to power a series of functions in the home.
This concept challenges our use of refrigeration and food storage and presents ways to keep “living food” fresh, by using natural processes; an evaporative cooler and vegetable storage system built into a dining table. The heat created by the methane digester is transported with water and used to cool down the compartments at the center of the table.
The concept explores the use of bio-luminescent bacteria fed with methane and composted material (drawn from the Bio-digester above). Alternatively the cellular light array can be filled with fluorescent proteins that emit different frequencies of light.
The Filtering Squatting toilet
It is a waste separating toilet that filters effluent while channeling excreta to a methane digester in the Microbial Home system.
Its a concept for keeping bees at home. By providing a shelter for them within the human habitat it helps to maintain the declining number of bee populations, while they provide honey and wax for the patient home owner. The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the world of these creatures educating upcoming generations about the importance of bees and to harvest the honey that they produce.
This plastic waste up-cycler is a concept that uses mycelium to break down plastic packaging waste. Designed to teach children about the environmental impact of household waste, it is designed to mould toys while producing edible mushrooms in the home.
Photos + sketches © Cédric Bernard
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