Edible Lamps Grown With Magic Mushrooms

November 14, 2013 by

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While you and I can now 3D print our own products, Danish designer Jonas Edvard grows his own 3D edible lamps.

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Yep, Edvard cultivates the living lamps from a material he’s developed using the domestic waste of oyster mushroom leftovers from local food production.

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The designer recycles mushrooms to grow the lamps which in turn grow more mushrooms. These food-producing lamp shades are definitely a twist on the grow your own concept. Would you call it agrilighting?

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After harvesting and drying the mushrooms, Edvard cultivates the lamps over a two week period.

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He forms the lamp shades from a composite of the mushroom spores and a hemp and linen fiber mat woven from clothing and rope manufacturing waste that would otherwise be composted or added to building materials.

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Basically, says Edvard, the mushroom spores “eat and grow together” the plant fibers, stabilizing them together like a glue into a lightweight, soft, flexible and organic living textile material that’s also compostable.

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I’d say Edvard has truly served up a sustainable design: during the production cycle, each lamp produces 500-600 grams of nutritious edible oyster mushrooms. If other cool products do not result from this innovative material, I will eat my hat.

Photos via the designer. 

 

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