Monday, 04 February 2019 16:54

Untapped potential

    As part of last year’s London Design Festival, Nir Meiri, Founder and Creative Director of Nir Meiri design studio, will present a new light collection made of mycelium.

    This project is a result of an ongoing material research in mycelium – the vegetative component of the fungus – resulting in the design of the table lamp collection.

    Mushrooms, or fungi, are truly wondrous organisms with significant untapped potential in design.

    Mycelium consumes organic and synthetic waste to grow into desired shapes and different types of waste alter its properties.

    This could have highly significant implications for ridding our planet from the mountains and islands of synthetic waste.

    When lit, the light projects on the mycelium from below and glows back as a soft, natural light.

    The inspiration for this design comes from the fungi itself, resulting in ‘a little garden of lights’ imitating the shapes of mushrooms growing in the wild.

    This project is a collaboration between Nir Meiri Studio and BIOHM – a London-based startup working on developing sustainable solutions for the built environment.

    The mycelium light collection was launched during London Design Festival 2018 in two different locations. The first was an exhibition at ‘Sustainable Bankside’ as part of a show gathering selected sustainable companies to showcase cutting-edge designs and ideas. The second exhibition was at ‘Open Cell’ as part of a curated show called ‘BIODESIGN – HERE NOW.’

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