MushLume Lights: Biodesign adding Beauty to our Homes

By Staff | Living
Posted Aug 6, 2016

You love vegetables, right? What about as part of your decor? Brooklyn designer Danielle Trofe has figured out how to use mushroom mycelium (the root structure of the fungus) to grow lampshades. The mycelium has thin networks of filaments, that branch out and cling onto organic matter. By feeding the mycelium chopped up corn stalks and seed husks, the mycelium spreads its fibers to ‘digest’ the matter.

“My desire is to disrupt the lighting industry and to get us all to rethink what our objects are made from, how they are made, and where they will ultimately end up,” she shared with The Creators Project.

You might have recognize the material from innovators Ecovative, used as a sustainable packing replacement for styrofoam. Trofe has uncovered the mixture’s potential in design by packing it into molds and left to grow for a few days until it forms a completely solid structure. Voila – organic and gorgeous.

The Mushlume lighting series is just one of Trofe’s creations at her firm Danielle Trofe Design. The design studio promotes a function-forward, sustainable and socially responsible approach to furniture and lighting design. By harnessing innovative technologies and material sciences to create functional and accessible design, Trofe aims to encourage a departure from conventional materials and production techniques in search of long-term, sustainable solutions.

The Creators Project also reports that “while Trofe was already committed to sustainable design before working with the material, she says the MushLume line has further influenced the direction of her studio “towards a future in biodesign,” and she’s now pursuing a graduate degree in biomimicry. “Biomimicry is looking to nature’s form, function and ecosystems, with its 3.8 billion years of refining what works and what doesn’t, and emulating these life-­friendly concepts into human design.””

Visit her website to see the MushLume light series plus the Mush-Bloom Planters and her self-watering hydroponic vertical gardens.


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