Japanese Gardens

In the Western world, we often consider mosses a type of weed that we try to eliminate from our lawns and scrape off our driveways. In previous posts we mentioned some of the useful applications of mosses throughout history. In an urban context it’s important to note that mosses actually preserve artefacts, they also...

Inflight bryophytes

Plants like mosses could have wonderful impact in extreme environments. Aside from their potential to produce cheap and environmentally friendly electricity, they offer other benefits.  Illustrated on the quite extreme setting of aircraft cabins, mosses would improve air quality due to lowered carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity due to “plant sweating”, and - crucially...

Moss uses throughout history

Bryophytes, in particular mosses, have had myriad uses over time. Most of them we are unaware of. Here’s a small album of some unexpected applications and properties. Illustrations by Fabienne Felder, 2013, based on Glime, Bryophyte Ecology (http://www.bryoecol.mtu.edu/)...

The moss story begins

In 2011, designers Carlos Peralta and Alex Driver developed the Moss Table in collaboration with biochemist Dr. Paolo Bombelli of the University of Cambridge. The table is a speculative design introducing us to a new technology - Photo Microbial Fuel Cells (Photo-MFCs), which uses plants as biological solar panels to produce electricity. In the...