by Snell in New Eco on Thursday 8 May 2008

In these new quick-eat restaurants around Paris, the quality of the air is as important as the quality of the food. Mathieu Lehanneur has utilized a 3 billion year old micro-algae, Spirulina Platensis, in 100 litre vats to produce large quantities of pure oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Lehanneur has taken the concept further by creating furniture that is dip-coated in white PVC, simulating the humid feel of objects in contact with vapour and, through the use of blown glass gas lamps that look like atmospheric bubbles, visulaising the increased oxygen in the café.