Mycelium | Material innovation | 3D-printing
Carried out at
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London
Nancy Diniz | Course Leader
Carole Collet | Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures
Alice Taylor | Lecturer of Biology and Living Systems
Shem Johnson | Grow Lab Specialist Technician
London — UK
Growing Grey Oyster mushroom (Pleutorus osteratus) from local waste. Designing with and for Nature.
Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. Fungal colonies composed of mycelia are found in soil and on or in many other substrates. The aim of this project is to explore the use of mycelium as a biological binder in order to invent and test innovative materials.
We chose to realize the substrate with local Central Saint Martins waste. This strategy reduces waste incineration by giving a second life to a product, saves energy, reduces carbon emissions (caused by material transportations), gives authenticity according to the location of the waste collection and promotes the waste value by using a circular economy. At the end, 80 % of the substrate recipe uses University waste.
Mycelium growth in M.E.Y.A. | Observation during 10 days.
Simulation of the mycelium's skeleton | FIJI software.
3D modeling by Carolina Kyvik Ruiz | Format: 26 x 26 cm.
Mycelium tiles made from Central Saint Martins waste | Format: 26 x 26 cm.