There have been countless amazing green designs at this year’s Wanted Design event held in New York, but one that really caught our eye was a biodegradable table lamp grown almost entirely from mushrooms. Mush-Lume by Danielle Trofe is made of mushroom mycelium, along with agricultural byproducts such as seed husks and corn stalks and challenges the idea that everything we buy has to end up in a landfill. Bored of your mushroom lamp? Just break it up into pieces, combine it with some regular garden compost, and watch it completely biodegrade before your own eyes.
Trofe worked with Ecovative Design, a company committed to ridding the world of toxic and unsustainable materials, in order to develop the lamp. Using a patented growing process, the mycelium is grown for several days in custom molds which allow the organic material to bind with other components. Once complete, the material is heated to end the growth cycle, which also ensures the mushrooms are unable to produce spores that could potentially coat the walls and ceilings of your home. The design is then finished off with a base made from FSC-certified wood and hand-cast concrete, considerations which help to reduce the lamp’s environmental impact even further.
The Mush-Lume Table Lamp proves you can create something useful from materials that most would overlook because of their unappealing nature. Fungus and agricultural waste materials don’t sound that exciting, but if you repurpose them in the right way, they create an extremely stylish, and sustainable alternative to traditional interior design products. Trofe has also designed a series of Mush-Bloom Pot Planters, which prove the number of applications are only limited by the imagination of designers willing to experiment with more unconventional materials.
Images by Mike Chino for Inhabitat