With his pendant lamp produced in mushroom based textile, Danish designer Jonas Edvard lets a natural organism take control of the industrial production method.
The Mushroom mycelium is the roots of the mushroom organism and the fruit is what we eat. Oyster mushroom, a healthy and nutritious mushroom can be grown into the shape of a lamp, that is both a food resource and a functional object.
The lamp consists of mushroom mycelium and plant fibres that are grown together into one material in 3 weeks. The mushroom mycelium is made up by small almost invisible roots called hyphae. The plant fibres is a waste product from the textile industry that is either too short or too difficult to use for woven textiles. After harvesting of the mushrooms the lampshade can be dried and used as a functional object.
Jonas Edvard explores the boundaries of product design by letting the consumer interact with the production of the object, and by letting a natural organism take control of the industrial production method. In 3 weeks the mushroom incubates the plant fibres and the first mushrooms can be harvested. The Mushroom organism is recycled from a commercial mushroom production, where the mushroom organism is discarded after a couple of months use and production. The Lamp is biodegradable and improves the quality of the soil when composted.
Design: Jonas Edvard
Association: Master Project in product design at the Royal Academy of Art, school of design