VITAMIN D Home Lab
VITAMIN D Home LabKonstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design
This project was ignited by my move from Portugal to Sweden and investigates the effects of vitamin D deficiency originated by the Seasonal affective disorder or the so-called, “winter depression” and the potential of alternate medicinal self-sustaining practices. Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in the world, with more emphasis on North and South equator countries that lack sunlight all year long.
Along with the current environmental concerns, the question around dietary and natural medical supplements has become more relevant and urgent. Following research, I came to understand the benefits of the exposure of UV-light in mushrooms and its consequence production of high amounts of Vitamin D. Mushrooms are, in fact, the only non-animal source of food with Vitamin D found and could fulfill the daily requirements of 97.5% of the world's population.
The VITAMIN D HOME LAB aims to immerse potential users into a mindset of home farming, by breaking down the process of enriching mushrooms with Vitamin D.
What if we could make our own Vitamin D at home?
The project showcases a laboratory station with tools for maintenance, harvest, and light exposure of the mushrooms, that aimed to help engage into the ritual of a home bio-production of vitamin D.
The VITAMIN D HOME LAB was made in collaboration and gained solid ground thanks to Mattias Andersson, a scientist involved in the studies of the process of enrichment of Fungi with Vitamin D at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and to Rikard Pedersen from the mushroom farm Saxtrop Svamp, in Sweden.
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