By blending plant fibers and mushroom-mycelium into wonderful lights, Danish product designer Jonas Edvard proves that oyster mushrooms are much more than a tasty delicacy. He doesn’t use factory produce, but rather grows these glorious luminaries over two or three weeks into a flexible, soft-light-emitting shade. Compostable and organic, this brilliant creation is called MYX and is one of the designer’s brightest ideas.
Edvard grows the mushroom mycelium and plant fibers together for two to three weeks. The mycelium’s job is to stabilize the material by physically growing together with the plant and acting as natural glue between the plants’ fibers. After that period, the healthy oyster mushrooms are harvested and combined to make a flexible, soft living textile. The organic material can then be dried and used for different designs, but it’s perfect as a lampshade, as it’s lightweight, compostable and emits a soft glowing shine.
The MYX is made using only waste, as the mushroom organisms come from a commercial mushroom farm and the plant fibers are leftover from textile industries. Plus, it makes any space look brilliant with a bit of fungiculture.
Love it? Check out more designs from Jonas Edvard here.
Photos via Jonas Edvard
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