menu

How Growing Mushrooms Determine Furniture’s Shape [Pics]

How Growing Mushrooms Determine Furniture’s Shape [Pics]
Design

A "zero-energy" form of 3D printing grows furniture designs.

Ross Brooks
  • 9 august 2013

Furniture that grows itself is one way to look at the ‘The Living Room Project,’ an exploration into manufacturing objects from living organisms.

Two Philadelphia university students, Merjan Tara Sisman and Brian McClellan, had been investigating the potential of particular organisms before coming across mycelium, the rooting system used by mushrooms.

Using prefabricated moulds, the designers realized they could control the growth of the mushrooms, a process they like to think of as a zero energy form of 3D printing.

mushroom-furniture

Their first successes came in the form of a chair designed by Sisman and a set of pendant lights designed by McClellan, both of which display the uncontrolled behavior and patterns of nature.

The project is ongoing and the pair have plans to include other organisms in their designs, as well as advance the types of moulds they are using, which could lead to more intricate furniture designs.

Merjan Tara Sisman and Brian McClellan

+#design
+Design
+Furniture
+garden
+home
+Home & Garden
+technology
+USA
Trending

Volvo Is Launching A Global Car-Sharing Business

Automotive
PSFK MEMBERSHIP


JOIN RETAIL INTELLIGENCE PLATFORM
Get access to retail reports and 20,000 retail insights


LEARN MORE

TREND REPORT


FORECAST 2020
The Consumer Roles That Will Shape Our Future
 

DOWNLOAD NOW

IoT january 19, 2017
Technology january 19, 2017
No search results found.