mathieu lehanneur: andrea air purifier now available
mathieu lehanneur: andrea air purifier now available mathieu lehanneur: andrea air purifier now available
sep 14, 2009

mathieu lehanneur: andrea air purifier now available

mathieu lehanneur: andrea air purifier now available image courtesy of véronique huyghe




designed by mathieu lehanneur and david edwards of harvard university, andrea is an air purifier which uses indoor plants to filter air. originally known as bel air, the design has gone through a number of tests in order to make it available to consumers with updated features. it is said that the air we breathe in the places where we live and work can often be 5 to 10 times more noxious than walking on the street, along with the dangerous chemicals found in commonly used household products.

air is filtered through the leaves and roots of the plant housed inside



‘andrea’ is a response to counter our domestic pollution, by putting a green lung with enhanced capacities to filter the air and capture toxic particles into our homes. it enables the de-pollution of indoor air through the leaves and roots of the plant which is housed inside the unit. the best performing plants are those which are actually quite common, including spath or peace lily, red-edged dragon tree, spider plant and aloe vera.


‘andrea’ will be on show as part of brussels design september from september 18th to october 2nd at designed in brussels. ‘andrea’ will be available in shops starting in october.

common plants often give the best result

aloe vera plant housed inside ‘andrea’

technical diagram of how ‘andrea’ works

below are some images of the air purifying unit’s development

  • They could have made it look a bit nicer though, the grey/white bottom bit looks very dull.

    Jeff Awesome

    Jeff Awesome says:
  • This is a neat idea, but how is it better than having the same plants in pots in a room with a fan?

    Just Wondering says:
  • Its better than an open potted plant + fan because the air is forced through the soil and root system.

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    Paris Vega says:
  • simply amazing news

    hala says:
  • this is absolute stupidity, having plants without forcing anything into the soil and plant is just as fine, and somehow better for the plants. designers should really get a sens of the useful.

    sl says:
  • little dissapointed, thought they would have incorperated a dehumidifyer to suck water out of the air to quench the plant.

    ben r says:
  • kind of agree with -“just wondering” — really, do we have to complicate our lives with these contraptions when we can have the good old potted plants , instead of caging them in some scientific experiment.

    thinking aloud says:
  • It is a starting point and as that very welcome!

    Ursula says:

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