A geometric module, a living tool, an evolving hybrid: Cleaning Station® of Urban Symbiosis Design are design objects composed of natural materials and living components to fight the high pollution of indoor environments, a problem often ignored or underestimated. As we design those new ways to combat indoor pollution, we want to create beauty; a reasoned but functional beauty that strikes precisely because it reflects an innovative mission: to produce and sell wellness, integrating one of the most powerful technologies into everyday life: nature and its unbeatable design.
Cleaning Station® is born to cope with indoor air pollution, caused by poor Indoor Air Quality index (IAQ). Nowadays, we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, at home and office, where the indoor air is much more polluted than outdoor air is. This condition depends on toxic chemicals released, such as from furniture and rugs or from the same construction materials, chronically trapped by closed-circuit ventilation systems. Electromagnetic radiation and particulates deriving from office or home technology (printers, computer monitors, televisions and home appliances) and even polluting gases from cleaning products are all vectors that create highly polluted indoor environments; especially if accompanied by fluorescent lights or excessive dryness derived by warm air and by accumulation of positive ions.
Exposure to chemical substances, particulate matter and microorganisms present in the air can cause serious health risks, most of which fall under the Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), identified only recently. This syndrome has a high social impact and is manifested by symptoms such as headache, fatigue, malaise, dizziness, difficulty in concentration and tension, as well as often by specific symptoms such as irritation to eyes, nose, respiratory tract and occasionally to skin. Particulate matter as PM1 can also lead to major diseases: the microscopic size makes the particles able to enter the bloodstream.
Cleaning Station® is born as a new customized relation between human and plant, supported by a growing number of scientific studies. This new relation is aimed to oppose the adverse effects on humans in confined environments through the natural bio-filtration process, resulting in improved indoor air quality and reduced stress of individuals, as shown by recent research. The essence of the project is rooted in the desire to create harmonious, healthy and empathic living or work spaces. Given the impossibility to renounce technology in contemporary living, the Cleaning Station® design set proposes an active way of resistance and reaction to indoor air pollution.
Geometric modules that trace morphologies from the ecosystem, house Bromeliads, plants with the capacity of hyper-accumulators, ready to act as natural air-filters through the symbiotic bio-filtration method. Scientific researches show that the absorption capacity of pollutants of the Bromeliaceae plants reaches 0.2 milligrams per kilogram of plant. Hence Cleaning Station® are dynamic structures that provide the simplest solution ever, with easy maintenance– therefore can be considered as an agile evolution, compared to the complexity of installation and maintenance of Green Walls. There are places that accommodate large dimensions, where Cleaning Station® is transformed into real installations, capable of dialoguing with the hosting environment. Find out more about the Cleaning Station Color, Mirror, Diatomee and IQ.