MYX mushroom-mycelium lighting items on display at Maison et Objet

Danish industrial designer Jonas Edvard Neilsen has grown a collection of lamps from mushroom-mycelium and plant fibers.

Neilsen’s MYX lamps begin as oyster mushroom refuse from a commercial mushroom farm. Neilsen collects the refuse and adds it to a loose lampshade “skeleton,” fashioned from hemp fiber and other plant filaments, leftover from the textile industry.

During a three-week growth period, the mushroom mycelium grows around the lampshade skeleton and weaves the plant fibers together. After three weeks, the lampshade can be “harvested” and placed in a kiln to dry. Once the moisture is removed from the mycelium, it will no longer grow and the shape is set.

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