The Original Air

The Original Breath is a window based air purifier that brings in purified air into your room and employs a very unique way of doing this. It features a system where the external part consists of a solar panel (to power a mini suction fan), an outer glass and plants. So basically what happens is that the air enters the room only after passing through this sealed ventilation box. Regular air is sucked in with the help of the fan and the plants do their thing by absorbing the carbon dioxide and expelling oxygen. The air that is filtered into the room is much cleaner and fresher than before. Clever!

Original Breath is a 2012 iF Design Talents entry.

Designer: Yu-Cheng Wang


  • Lukino says:

    2 problems:
    1.there always be moist in the inner surfaces of the glass. direct sun air between the two glass will become extremely hot, probably killing the plants.

    • happyshear says:

      I see your point! But the poluted air is coming from inside and it is probably cool. So there should be a balance there.

  • Alaor says:

    Understanding photosyntesis #fail

  • Hunter says:

    How do I water the plants? (Or plant them in the first place?)
    Understanding biology fail.

  • Jac says:

    If it’s windows based, you know it is going to crash! /geek joke
    seriously tho, heh, I personally think this is worth a look – there is a smaller unit for domestic use; it simply plugs in – great for bedrooms! I will try to put the link here Air purifiers

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