We are huge fans of Ecovative's myco-foam technology, used in everything from tiny houses to tall towers Now other designers are picking up on the idea of growing their designs instead of manufacturing them.
Designer Danielle Trofe is using the technology to create a line of lamps. She started with the tabletop Mush-Lume, which actually looks like a mushroom, and now is growing the Hemi-Pendant, a hanging fixture that's pretty enough to eat, which you actually can if you want to. She explains how it's done:
The growth process uses agricultural byproducts, like seed husks and corn stalks, and combines them with liquid mushroom mycelium. The mycelium then binds with these components and grows for several days in custom molds. When the growth process is complete, the material is heated and dried, ending the growth cycle. Ta da! Mushroom material!
Years ago I suggested that we should be able to eat our way out of house and home.
The ultimate green home would be made of materials so harmless that you could actually eat them, that there isn't anything that you would mind finding in your kid's mouth. Like Marmoleum, made of flax and jute, or untreated wood, not very digestible but pure cellulose. Tastier still if you treat it with beeswax or YOLO paint; not a single ingredient that is toxic.
With materials like Ecovative's mushroom material and designers like Danielle Trofe, we may not be far away from the edible house.