2022 | Student

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

In Vitro Breathing Device

Entrant Company

Birmingham City University

Category

Fashion Design - Avant-Garde

Client's Name

Country / Region

United Kingdom

This work, entitled In Vitro Breathing Device, was inspired by the discomfort the author experienced from the various chemical gases emitted from the materials during his extensive experiments with synthetics, particularly in the respiratory tract and lungs, where he experienced symptoms such as breathlessness, difficult breathing and coughing. The author was then reminded of the air pollution caused by major industries since global industrialisation, which has resulted in the emission of large quantities of toxic gases, greatly increasing the probability of cancer in humans. In today's highly industrialised society, where no one can press the pause button and thus give the already severely damaged environment a chance to recover, the author based his main idea on the work of the Head of Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art (Wild Foragers: Imagining how humans will forage in the future in the event of food shortages due to population booms or food safety issues due to environmental pollution). The main breakthrough is the design of an external breathing device, which is similar in shape to the human lungs, with a polyhedral structure and a filtering effect through the hollowing out of the lungs. The first layer mainly filters out large particles of pollutants or dust, thus allowing the inhaled air to reach the second layer of the filtration system. The second layer usually filters out toxic gases that cannot be filtered by the first layer, allowing clean air to enter the human body to participate in the oxygen supply needs of the various organs. This project focuses on how respiration, an essential part of maintaining human functions in a continuously polluted ecological environment, can be protected from pollution in the future and on specific ways of breathing. In material text section, In order to imitate the shape of a lung alveolus, I used ultra-light clay with a certain degree of humidity as a container and successfully introduced air bubbles from the ultra-light clay into the silicone by heating it in a microwave oven to create the texture and feel of a lung alveolus.

Credits

Lingxiao Zhang
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