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

"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."

"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.

Photography is by PetEr Krejci.

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