Microbial Home & The Kitchen of the Future

The Microbial Home Probe invented by Phillips consists of a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste and healthy lifestyle – Our world is sending us warning signals that we are disturbing its equilibrium. A drastic cut in our environmental impact is called for. This Probe explores how the solution is likely to come from biological processes, which are by nature less energy-consuming and non-polluting. We need to go back to nature in order to move forward.

“Designers have an obligation to understand the urgency of the situation, and translate humanity’s needs into solutions. Energy-saving light bulbs will only take us so far. We need to push ourselves to rethink domestic appliances entirely, to rethink how homes consume energy, and how entire communities can pool resources,” says Clive van Heerden, Senior Director of Design-led Innovation at Philips Design.

All your food waste goes into a bio-digester that helps power the rest of the kitchen.


No more compost. Just throw your food right in the digester.

This pantry has a cooling unit that keeps food fresh with no electricity.


These lights are powered by bacteria.

This device helps prepare plastic for recycling.

More information at www.design.philips.com