Friday, June 14, 2013

Mushroom furniture by Philadelphia University students

Innovative and crazy often make it big in the American marketplace, and now is the time for fungal furniture - furniture made from mushroom roots is making it out there.

Brian McClellan, 23, and Merjan Tara Sisman, 21, aim to be with the mushroom chair and pendant lights they created for their senior project at Philadelphia University this year.

"I hate mushrooms, sadly. The texture is too funky. But I love their growing capabilities," said McClellan

From the get-go, McClellan and Sisman were intrigued by the idea of designing with a living material,

The pair is inspired by the British fashion designer Suzanne Lee, who makes cloth out of green tea, yeast, and bacteria. They explored pressed leaves and seaweed at the Material ConneXion library in New York. They considered moss. And they read Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets. And mushrooms won the toss and so the experimentation began. And they have now come up with mushroom chair and mushroom pendant lights, and they are constantly bettering their products.

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