Drawing inspiration from the abundance of sunlight and air in the atmosphere, Atmos is a set of household lighting products that help improve indoor air quality. Atmos’ integration of both purifier and lighting focuses on spacial and aesthetic sensibility, further integrating air health technology for household and workspace environments.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollutant levels are often 2 - 5 times higher than outside levels, and occasional reach levels that are up to 100x higher. An air purifier is a device which removes pollutants from the air to improve indoor air quality. Filtration is the most effective method - capturing air pollutant particles and gases via different types of filters and materials.
1. HEPA filter
Uses layers and folds of fine mesh to trap particles when air is forced through it. Able to remove up to 99.97% of the particulate matter that passes.
2. Activated carbon
Carbon processed to have small + low-volume pores that increase the surface area to absorb volatile organic compounds
The heartbeat of air purifiers as it keeps air flowing from the surrounding environment to the filters, expelling purified air through an outlet.
Where air purifiers fall short:
Gabriel is a college student who has spent most of his time in his one-bedroom apartment in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, he purchased a Dyson HP01 Purifying Heater + Fan. He shares his thoughts about it:
“I actually don’t get stuffy noses anymore, and definitely feel like I can breathe better. I’m happy with it - but the $500 pricetag was hefty, and it’s kind of in the way in my bedroom. Mine helps circulate and clean the air for a whole room, so it has to be big.”
Form factor incompatability
key research insights:
incorporate air-filtration with a form and aesthetic suitable for an indoor setting.
form: portable, compact, and minimal
function: maintain air-purifying effectiveness