ANDREA by Mathieu Lehanneur
and David Edwards


French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard professor David Edwards have launched a filtration system which uses living plants to purify the air indoors.

The air purifier, called ANDREA, was proposed as a concept two years ago (see our previous story) when it featured in MoMA’s exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind.

After two years of development and testing, ANDREA goes on sale in October.

Here's some more information from Mathieu Lehanneur & David Edwards:


ANDREA, the air purifier that uses indoor plants, designed by Mathieu Lehanneur & David Edwards on sale by October 2009.

Since its outline design two years ago ANDREA has gone thru stringent tests to ensure perfect efficiency, enabling the system to step into the real world.

Its market début could not have come at a better time, with calls last month by consumer watchdog UFC-Que Choisir? that public authorities ban dangerous chemical used in common household products.

The safe-goods whistle-blower pointed out - ahem, cough, splutter, wheeze - that the air we mortals breathe in the places where we live and work can be 5 to 10 times MORE NOXIOUS than what it is out on the street! Heading the XXX death's head list of invisible poisons are glues and plastics that give off formaldehyde particles.

ANDREA is the ideal response to counter domestic pollution, putting a green lung with enhanced capacities to work to filter air and capture toxic particles.

How does it work? Indoor air is cleaned in turn by both the leaves and the roots of the plant housed in the unit. This innovation enables much better de-pollution of indoor air than the ground-breaking tests done by NASA in the 1980s - the starting point for experiments by Mathieu Lehanneur & David Edwards. Curiously, the best-performing plants are quite common. They include Spathiphyllum (spath or peace lily), Dracaena marginata (red-edged dragon tree), Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) and Aloe vera.

ANDREA is ideal for spaces up to 40 m2 and upkeep is easy since it consists mainly in watering the plant.

At a recommended retail price of 199 dollars, ANDREA is also accessible and looks like becoming a must-buy for autumn 2009. This is design that cleans up design.

Andrea will be sold from october in the United States by Frontgate, Hammacher Schlemmer and Amazon.

Posted on Monday September 14th 2009 at 4:56 pm by Sarah Housley. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Boo

    I just keep houseplants and occasionally run a fan to re-circulate the air. At $199 for one of these I can have a lot of plants.

  • fran

    ehh an stupid question… It is not the same to have a plant inside the house and a dust filter and that`s it?

    I was wondering how long those plants have been inside, because the species shown need a lot of sunlight to survive… And if they talk about polution absorbtion, sunlight is one of the main elements that plants need to absorb any kind of air contamination.

  • logorithm

    I’m not convinced…

  • consumer

    Dear Mathieu Lehanneur and David Edwards,

    Why would I spend $199 on this contraption as opposed to just buying an aloe vera plant. I thought that that would be the first issue you would want to address in your explanation, but I seem to have missed it. This was not a rhetorical question.

    your average consumer

  • LOW

    now all I need is a plant and a fan…

  • gdr

    like the concept and presentation, but is it any better (functionally) than simply having a few plants around?

  • mike

    Talk about overdesigning something…

  • Caesar Tjalbo

    I don’t need one, I get enough fresh outside air since I smoke on the balcony.

  • Your Mamma

    Don’t plants clean the air anyway? They have been doing it for millions of years no problem.

  • This makes no sense, as someone else has mentioned, you can just buy some pot plants and one of those solar powered hat-fans and i think it would be more successful than this overdesigned object that is obsolete before it even comes out.
    This will end up being a ‘must-buy for autumn’ only for people that have already got everything that they could ever buy.

  • Mike Kennedy

    A very annoying and utterly unnecessary product. That said, I’m sure my in-laws would love it. Hooray for Hammacher Schlemmer.

  • Shumann

    I thinks it’s meaningless…

    anyway,good concept and good presentation.

  • Nicolas

    It consumes electricy… it makes no sens!

  • yaniv

    Come on guys… if you want people to spend 200 dollars on a product you have to tell them why its better then its predecessor…? where is the explanation? where are the facts?

    Having said that… I liked the original concept designs

  • frank’X

    I don’t know if it’s efficient or even useless. But I very like this sexy sci-fi style.

  • D_SPOT

    Chicken Sandwich

  • Florian

    Ich Liebe ANDREA !

  • Florian

    I mean : I love ANDREA,

  • Hourvatat

    I get the shivers looking at the poor plants being trapped in plastical prisons to do what they’ve been doing for billions of years !!! genius!!!

  • Arden

    the plants are just probants – human are supposed to sit inside, to be protected from pollution.

  • Prof Z

    Hedera helix is cheep, very efficient for depollution ,need no space one floor, no noise (fan) ,no electricity…

  • Jon Sager

    Here is the real deal Kamal Meattle at TED 2009:
    Cut the crap designers and do your home work. (My thought: These are going to be covered in mold in no time flat. That is- unless you use an industrial cleaner which will just pollute the air more and probably kill the plant.) After you watch the video you’ll know you’ll need more than just a little plant to make a differance.

  • How long will it last? I mean the duration