Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, white thread-like hyphae. This might sound like an unlikely starting point for homeware, but enterprising designers are finding ways to craft these natural fibers into a material akin to suede that can be used for designs ranging from tables to lamps.
Sebastian Cox and interdisciplinary researcher Ninela Ivanova are amongst the latest designers experimenting with Mycelium. Organising a laboratory of biofracture the duo explore the ancient relationship between wood and fungus, using strips of scrap timber sourced from Sebastian’s own woodland.
The Mycelium+Timber collection comprises a series of stools and lights made using freshly cut wood waste from Sebastian’s woodland which has been Myceliated with the species Formes fomentarius. Each piece is created by the Mycelium as it grows and binds the wood waste together around lightweight purpose made frames to form strong and compostable pieces of design.
Through a combined expertise in mycelium, wood, and design Ninela and Sebastian have produced a collection which not only changes our perception of material culture but positively impacts the way people choose the objects in their home.
Looking for more Mycelium? We dissect the trend in Warehouse Home Issue Eight.