Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off The Top Of This Living Lampshade

Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off The Top Of This Living Lampshade
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The most I can harvest from my lampshades is a thick layer of dust, so I am simultaneously impressed and completely grossed out by these MYX fixtures made from mycelium. They’re grown into form, and edible mushrooms can actually be reaped from the top before they’re hung in place.

Weird as it may seem, mycelium is really having a moment as a next-generation building and design material.

The quick-growing fungus is can be forced to fit pretty much any mould, creating a dense, foam-like substance that has of late made headlines as an bio-plastic.

Here, the fixtures are cultivated for two weeks in a low-light, medium-heat and high-moisture environment that encourages healthy fungus development. Apparently the oyster mushrooms that are picked off the top really can be eaten, and what remains is a biodegradable bulb topper that’s definitely got a natural look. Would you hang this baby up in your kitchen? [The Method Case]