Since 1960, the waste of furniture/interior design products has grown more than 7 times compared to this day. Perhaps, we can blame the rise of “fast furniture”— phenomenal when home-goods companies manufacture many different styles quickly and cheaply, similar to the way fashion brands produce “fast fashion”. However, increased consumption habits are the main reason for our biggest worries concerning climate change and the destruction of nature. Following this, the human relationship with nature was broken.
We believe that the future of products belongs to those who seek to work together with nature. Equally, these products, incorporated into our lives, give harmony and a sense of closeness to the living world.
So we borrowed what nature has provided for us — mycelium and created a lightning collection.
CAN WE DESIGN THE FUTURE WITHOUT HARMING NATURE AND STILL HAVE A LIFE THAT WE USED TO?
RATHER THAN TAKING IT FROM NATURE CAN WE JUST BORROW IT AND GIVE IT BACK AFTERWARDS?
The material is produced by adding fungal mycelium (a root of mushrooms) to an organic substrate — that could be straws or sawdust or other residues of agro-industrial. In this collection, we are using hemp straws as a substrate — putting waste to work. Mycelium is mixed with the substrate and then added to the mold and grown for a few days. Mycelium obtains the nutrients from the substrate and creates a composite material. After removing an obtained solid shape from the mold it is hot-dried to prevent material from further growing. It also can be hot/cold pressed afterward for extra hardness.
Mycelium biocomposite has circular properties: the products made from this material are biodegradable — at the end of the product's life cycle, the material is utilized by living natural microorganisms in the soil or compost box. It will take up to 50 days to completely degrade, adding nutrition back to the soil.