Bacterioptica Chandelier by MADLAB

Bacterioptica is a one-of-a-kind chandelier designed by MADLAB designed for a NJ couple whose home is more than chaotic. The home houses the two parents and more than an extended family that includes three children, a dog, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, not to mention house plants, insects, allergens, fungi, and billions of bacteria that live with, on and among all humans! Therefore, the Bacteriortica is a custom piece that is like another living organism in their home and a physical representation of their family (and family bacteria). Looking quite alive, the chandelier is made of Petri dishes, metal rods and 15,000 feet of fiber optics. Inside the Petri dishes each family member placed some — er — bacteria.

I wonder what will actually be growing in those Petri dishes in a few years?

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.