Sebastian Cox's Mycelium pendant lamps examine the viability of mushrooms as a sustainable material in commercial furniture designs. Rather than manufacturing the pendant lamps, they take between 4-12 weeks to grow. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a mushroom. Designers turn to the fungus for a cheap and vegan alternative to suede with a low carbon footprint.
Sebastian Cox teamed up with researcher Ninela Ivanova to grow the mushroom fibers around scrap strips of willow wood, which acts as the base and fodder for the fungus. Each unique lamp is thus designed in part by nature. A mold is used to create the desired pendant shape and filled with a fungus called Fomes fomentarius. The mycelium and wood fuse together to create a unique composite material.
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