Huy will be leading a workshop to explore organic lighting technology. One device idea is simple: a transparent 1.5–2 L plastic bottle, as typically used for carbonated drinks, is filled with water plus a little bleach to inhibit algal growth and fitted into a hole in a roof. The device functions like a deck prism: during daytime the water inside the bottle refracts sunlight, delivering about as much light as a 40–60 watt incandescent bulb to the interior. A properly installed solar bottle can last up to 5 years.
With a practice rooted in environmental design, Huy Bui builds modular terrariums that stack and suspend in space and play host to an interconnected world of micro-ecosystems. The modular units come in a variety of scales and mediums, bridging disciplines from product, furniture, and interiors to architecture and urban design. His products and installations, which inhabit home, retail, work, public, and gallery spaces, inspire and provoke questions about the ecology of our daily lives. Bui is also the co-founder of Plant-In City, an ongoing collaboration that explores the relationship between architecture, technology, and plants.