Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off The Top Of This Living Lampshade

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.

Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off the Top of This Living Lampshade
Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off the Top of This Living Lampshade

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 architectural tower and bio-plastic.

Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off the Top of This Living Lampshade
Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off the Top of This Living Lampshade

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]


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    No, but mainly because of the smell. Mycelium give off a smell not dissimilar to a dead person. Also, they are highly susceptible to infection/infestation, which if not identified can lead to poison mushrooms.

    Hello! thx for the interest in the project. concerning the dead person smell i think your overreacting. Oyster mushrooms smell at taste like oyster mushrooms and so does the mycelium! Regarding the infection, bacteria thrive in domestic sourroundings and interior, because YOU exist. they all feed and are getting fed by human waste, food/leftorvs etc.

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