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I grew Mushroom Mycelium Planters!

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After a while of obsessing over mushroom fabrics I decided to experiment with the material and decided to grow my own planters. This planter is made out of mycelium mushroom and hemp shreds. Mycelium is the vegetative part of mushroom, that is made of long white fibers. When mycelium is combined with wood fibers, and grown it can become as tough as brick. People have experimented with growing this for architecture insulation, packaging (puma uses this in some of their latest packaging), as well as furniture and home decor.

I decided to go with planter bowl form because this is the easiest form I could make at home, and I love the idea of making planters that can be used for the spring. The idea of watch the plant degrade the planter over time made it even more intriguing (or you can put a small bowl in the planter to prevent the decomposing process). Overall, the process of growing the mycelium to a solid state took 11 days. 6 days for the first spurts of mycelium to grow. 5 days for the mycelium to grow into a solid form. I found this process really easy to handle and exciting I see myself making some more in the future and experimenting with the different forms I can make. 

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Innovative Textiles & Design: Mushroom mycelium used to create suede-like furniture

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"Sebastian Cox a British furniture maker has teamed up with researcher Ninela Ivanova to explore the mycelium mushroom material's potential in commercial furniture design."

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"Mycellium is formed from the vegetative part of a fungus – has been used in various architecture and design experiments recently, including a self-supporting structural column and an intricately textured dress.

But Cox and Ivanova wanted to use the fungal material to create more everyday products. Their project, called Mycelium + Timber, features a series of simple stools and lights with a suede-like texture, designed to suit any domestic interior." via Deezeen

Mycellium has become a very interesting material designers have been exploring recently and it has a strong possibility of becoming an alternative for leather on a consumer level. What really excites me as a designer is that this material is extremely easy to harvest and requires little sunlight, and no heat. Which makes this material an ideal candidate for mass consumed enviornmental products.

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Photography is by PetEr Krejci.