Home air purifiers, with their irritating, incessant hum and tiny lifespan, don’t serve much more of a purpose than your central air system’s intake vent. They also tend to be a bit of an eyesore. The Andrea Air Purifier, however, wants to split the difference between form and function.
Utilizing the natural air purification power of plants, the Andrea encloses a plant in what looks like a giant pill capsule with a built-in fan. The fan efficiently moves air through the plant’s leaves, soil and roots, exiting the apparatus through a tray of water meant to collect toxins. Co-inventor Tom Hadfield claims Andrea is 1000% more effective at air purifying than a houseplant alone.
Andrea works with a wide variety of houseplants. With its sleek design, it hopes to end the cycle of air purifier disposal. “Today people buy air purifiers and then they go out and they buy a vase,” Tom Hadfield said in an Inhabitat.com interview. “We think the future of indoor air purification might be somewhere in between those two.”