MYCELIUM MILLENNIUM imagines a new era in which biological resources, specifically Fungi - Mycelium, are used to grow a collection of objects for everyday domestic rituals, merging biofabrication and craft.
The project comes in an effort to demystify the transformation of an organism to a biomaterial and at the same time raise questions of aesthetics and cultural acceptance. The fungal mycelium material qualities – antibacterial, fire-resistant, heat isolating and water-resistant – are incorporated in the function of each design.
The collection focuses on ritualistic objects amplifying not only its material properties but also emphasising the importance of rituals in the human experience. The objects adopt antique symbols - embedding them in a longer material history, as well as a scale and form that introduces the fungal material to the context of the home. While the collection attempts to stress longevity and resilience, it is integrated into a circular vision, where the material is sourced from nature and returns to nature.
MYCELIUM MILLENNIUM is an invitation to raise awareness for a material revolution, an opportunity to learn from nature and its potential, where products and objects could match the planet's needs.
Technique: Biofabrication (molding pressure) + various craft treatments: wood staining, natural wax and the Japanese wood charring process - Yakisugi.
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Mycelium (fungi shiitake + wood chips substrate), wood staining/wax.
Collaborations: Sarxtorp Svamp; RISE Research Institutes of Sweden; Hifas da Terra; Biomimicry Norway; Project Mulligan.
Maria Pita Guerreiro. Context pictures by Sofia Almqvist and Liisa Widstrand.
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