Attractive home furniture made from fungus and agricultural waste.
Danielle Trofe is a designer who specializes in eco-friendly furniture, and with the help of green materials company Ecovative, has created Mush-lume, a lampshade made from liquified mushrooms. The best part is that If you decide your home furnishings need a change, you can easily break the lamp up into pieces and sprinkle it over your garden.
The lampshade started out as agricultural waste products such as corn stalks and seed husks, which were then combined with liquified mycelium, a naturally occurring fungus that can act as a binding agent. Placed inside a mold, the mixture then takes on the shape of a conventional lampshade. Baking also ensures the fungus can’t reproduce, so there is no risk of spores coating the walls around your house.
It’s a fun and playful design that bridges the gap between conventional product materials and the new and unconventional,” says Trofe. “My goal as a designer is to harness new technologies in user-friendly, accessible designs.”
Mushroom mycelium has gained popularity as a design material for various pieces of home furniture. Jonas Edvard created a similar lamp earlier this year, while two university students used their “zero energy” form of 3D printing to create mycelium chairs. As resources around the world continue to dwindle, designs that are harmonious with nature could provide the inspiration for everyday items that also serve an environmental purpose.