Last time I checked, a thriving ecosystem growing in your bathroom isn't a good thing.
, a Tokyo-born, Paris-based designer who has worked with clients like Muji, Vitra, and Alessi aims to change that though the ‘Phyto Purification Bathroom
,’ a design concept where wastewater from the shower and sink is sent through a natural filtration process that incorporates aquatic plants like rushes, reeds, floating water hyacinths and lemnas. Each different flora-filter removes specific impurities from the water while a carbon filter removes any remaining micro-particles. The resulting water is clean, refreshing and safe to drink. The process isn’t too far off from the natural swimming pools
where aquatic plants, in lieu of chemicals
, do all the cleanin’.
Co-developed with Alban Le Henry, Oliver Pigasse and Vincent Vandenbrouck, the Phyto Purification Bathroom is kind of like a graywater recycling system gone to the tropics … close your eyes, concentrate and you've been whisked off to Maui where you’re rinsing off under a gentle waterfall.
It’s a truly fascinating, back-to-nature concept, but for folks who cringe at even the occasional spot of mold growing in their loo, showering in a self-contained mini ecosystem amongst various aquatic plants (and the critters that may result) is understandably a bit much. Personally, I fall into that camp but I certainly wouldn't mind trying it out once. Twice. Maybe more.
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A living ecosystem in your john
Shower amongst reeds, rushes and water hyacinths while recycling water in Jun Yasumoto's 'Phyto Purification Bathroom'.