Local River, entre aquarium et réfrigérateur

Designed by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Anthony van den Bossche, Local River is a home storage unit for fish and vegetables. A policy, and sustainable alternative proposal which questions our lifestyles and consumption.

Local River is based on the philosophy of locavore, an American group that intends to consume food produced in their immediate environment, to reduce the ecological impact of transporting food and to control its traceability. With Local River, Mathieu Lehanneur and Anthony van den Bossche and invite the user to store its own freshwater fish while cultivating his vegetables house in the domestic sphere.

The functioning of this miniature ecosystem is perfectly regulated. The installation transposes the techniques used in some organic fish farms marrying fish farming and lettuce culture in floating tanks. The fish here evolve in a closed aquarium on which are come containers of glass with organic forms welcoming vegetable crops. Thanks to a system of pumps, the plants are fed by the water of the fish, water laden with excrement and rich in nitrates. These same plants naturally filter the nitrates and allow to keep a water adapted to the life of the fish waiting to be consumed.

Local River fits as well in thinking about sustainability and offers an answer to our growing need for healthy, fresh products, also advocating the consumption of freshwater fish in response to overfishing of endangered marine species.
Check out the video of the installation Local River:

Source: Mathieu Lehanneur

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