New Humanscale Air Purifier Lauded by Museum of Modern Art

Humanair Debuts at MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind Exhibition


Karen Brooking


NOTE: ZŌN was known as Humanair at the time of this release.

New York,
February 22, 2008
— The Museum of Modern Art is featuring the Humanair air purifier by Humanscale in its exhibition, Design and the Elastic Mind, from February 24 to May 12, 2008 in New York City. Humanair joins more than 200 designs on display that merge scientific research with human limitations, habits and aspirations.

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified indoor air quality as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. Yet currently available air purifiers fail to adequately address this concern—HEPA-based products are noisy and require expensive, ongoing filter replacement, and traditional electrostatic precipitator devices produce excessive ozone, a toxic gas that can harm the lungs.
A new solution for improving hazardous indoor air, the Humanair unit employs patented technology developed in Sweden. The unique design operates in virtual silence and with no noticeable draft to create a Clean Air Zone around users where they spend the vast majority of their time—at work and in bed. Humanair consumes just seven watts of energy and complements the trend toward green, healthy living. Currently in development, Humanair air purifiers are slated for availability in the first quarter of 2009.
Design and the Elastic Mind contends that one of design's most fundamental tasks is to help people deal with change. As a result, each item on display reflects the dramatic changes in the dimensions of human life—time, space, matter and individuality. The exhibition features art by designers, scientists and engineers from around the world and explores the relationship between design, science and the approach to scale. On view are objects, products and concepts ranging from the nanoscale to the cosmological scale.
Founded in 1929, MoMA is home to the world's most renowned collection of modern and contemporary art, and one of New York City's premier cultural institutions. For more information on MoMA, visit To learn more about the exhibition, visit


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