A slew of new gadgets is working for the wellbeing of our skin, combating the effects of a dry, polluted atmosphere. From minimalist bottles to ecological wooden structures, this squadron of air purifiers and humidifiers are on a real relief mission. Veering away from classic bulky forms, these pieces could elegantly fit into any home or office environment...
Originally featured in the July 2015 edition of Wallpaper* (W*196)
Photography: Regan/Grey. Writers: Sebastian Jordahn, Sujata Burman
Dyson's redesigned classic humidifier can quickly boost humidity across an average sized room, killing 99.9 per cent of bacteria. Doubling as a cooling fan in the summer months, its design boasts an oval speaker style shape.
£500, by Dyson, from John Lewis
Muji's minimalist air purifier has a three-layered activated charcoal filter and a jet-inspired turbine to tackle airborne allergens.
¥39,000 ($325), by Kazushige Miyake, for Muji
Fitting neatly in any environment, the Bottle Humidifier is USB-powered and has a sleek matte finish (which is also antibacterial).
£57, by Yeongkyu Yoo, for Cloud and Co, from 11+
The most environmentally-friendly of the bunch, the Mast Eco-Humidifier is a natural diffuser that releases a cypress scent. The raw natural wood form is inspired by sailing – hence the humidifier's name.
$128, by Shin Okada, for Ohashi
If all you need is a desk-side breath of fresh air, consider the bamboo charcoal Chikuno Cube, which traps unpleasant odours in its micro honeycomb structure. The cubes live on top of a 'Maple House' designed by Satoshi Umeno, available in different wooden shades and sizes.
€39, by Chikuno Life. Maple house, €178, by Satoshi Umeno, for Chikuno Life. Blocks available from Uncommon Goods