Ah Ha! Latest Mycelium furniture design. Custom lettered coffee table bases. Just hemp pulp mixed with living mycelium. The mycelium grows through the hemp transforming the loose fibers into solid, strong structural forms. Once it is grown out I shock it with heat to kill the living material and prevent fruiting or spores. When your done with it just throw it into the compost. These letters are 12 x 12 x 17 each.
a link to a video , produced by a seventh grader for her science project, which gives a quick overview of ecovative design of Troy, New York. Ecovative is the supplier of the raw material used in these experiments.
The latest prototype of the mycelium furniture designs, a three legged table base. This piece is 21" tall and 21' wide with a tempered glass disc of 27". This base is hemp fiber impregnated with the live mycelium placed in a form and then allowed to spawn, giving form to a very solid and rigid, yet light weight structure. It is plenty strong as each leg has a 12" long piece of hardwood casted within to reinforce the leg and to accept a nailed in furniture glide. With normal use this will last a lifetime, but if you decide that you are done with it just through it in the compost. The raw materials were provided by Ecovative designs of Troy, NY.
Another experiment with the mycelium mixture. This one is all hemp and mycelium casted and then sculpted. Dimensions are 12" diameter by 24" high. It is not intended as a stool, yet it does support my weight. It really is intended as a pedestal for a glass top table. The raw hemp and mushroom spawn material is from Ecovative Designs.
Toad Stool. Mycelium, not glue is the magic that holds this furniture together. I simply mixed together the wood shavings, hemp pulp and mushroon spawn. The material is placed in a form where the mycelium grows throughout the raw material binding it all together and filling the mold. A fwe days latter it is released from the mold and allowed to dry. what was loose worthless material is now solid and structural, not unlike particle board but much lighter. The seats are solid wood, salvaged cherry and pine and adhered by the same mycelium fibers.