in collaboration with Mira Almazrooei
Sub Rosa is a speculation on the future of the domestic interior. An enhanced object, a new type of ceiling diffuser, measures air quality of a space while maintaining the familiar aesthetic of the original detail.
The device surveils its surroundings, adjusting filtration power as necessary. As the diffuser is activated -- it breathes, collecting pollutants in the room.
The conical ceiling diffuser borrows formal language from that of a ceiling rose, a classical plaster ornament commonly fixed to ceilings above chandeliers, that serve as a way to conceal wiring. The new ceiling diffuser is put back into conversation with the ceiling rose by articulating a vernacular which is highly ornamental, with hollows and cavetto that collect dust and dirt from the air.