Copenhagen-based designer Jonas Edvard has developed an organic textile material called MYX made from Oyster mushroom mycelium and hemp fibres.
Edvard has also developed a lamp made from MYX that produces food for the consumer before it ends up as a functional light object.
MYX is made from leftover hemp fibres from the textile industry and mushroom-mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae), which is gathered from commercial mushroom farms.
To create MYX Edvard developed a natural binding process which involves growing the mushroom mycelium around the hemp fibres like a glue, forming a flexible and soft living textile - an optimized end-waste product.
To create the lamp, the MYX is grown in the shape of a lamp shade over the course of 2-3 weeks. After 2 weeks the healthy Oyster mushrooms are harvested leaving behind a lamp-shaped structure of waste material, which is then dried. The result is a lightweight, organic, compostable and sustainable textile lampshade.
About the designer: Danish designer Jonas Edvard studied Industrial Design at The Royal Academy of Art, Design And Architecture in Copenhagen before going on to complete a masters in Product and Ceramic Design. Working across furniture, lighting and industrial design, Edvard's work focuses on the development and application of natural materials and design processes. His MYX project has been critically acclaimed and won third prize at Green furniture Sweden 2014.