MushLume Lighting Collection
The MushLume lighting collection is GROWN, not manufactured, from mushrooms! Danielle Trofe teamed up with Ecovative Design to harness their patented growing process and bring this innovative material science to the lighting industry. Combining mushroom mycelium with agricultural waste to create an organic, sustainable and biodegradable lamp shade.
Danielle Trofe Design is a Brooklyn-based design studio that promotes a function-forward, sustainable and socially responsible approach to furniture and lighting design. Each lamp is beautifully handcrafted throughout the process of molding, growing and drying. The mushroom material can be left natural or can be hand-painted with non-toxic, all natural milk paint. At the end of its life, the mushroom material can be broken into smaller pieces, then added to your backyard compost to fully biodegrade!
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. Each lamp is carefully handcrafted throughout the process of molding, growing and drying. The mushroom material can be left natural or be hand painted with non-toxic, all natural milk paint.
- The Mush-Lume Hemi Pendant is all about pushing interior lighting to the limits with a 24″ diameter dome structure made from organic, sustainable and biodegradable mushroom material. It’s a sizable representation of the adaptability of this dynamic material and an introduction into exploring new lighting materials. Available with custom, hand-blown glass diffuser.
- An exploration in mixed media and mold making, the Mush-Lume Trumpet Pendant combines the traditional use of hand-turned wood with an innovative mushroom material that’s organic, sustainable and biodegradable. The interior of the lamp is hand-painted with organic milk paint. Available in multiple color options.
- The first of the Mush-Lume lighting collection, this table lamp was the jumping off point in the exploration of incorporating the innovative mushroom material into interior products. The table lamp’s aesthetic is a visual representation of a mushroom, the building block of the lamp shade’s material that’s organic, sustainable and biodegradable.
- The Mush-Lume Cascade Chandy and Trio are a further exploration into mixed media, combining the organic mushroom material with spun brass hardware to create an eloquent hanging fixture. Custom canopy available in spun brass or powder-coated white.
- Simple and cute. The Mush-Lume Cup Light may be the “little guy” of the group, but it doesn’t fall short of providing a wow-factor with a textured exterior and soft mushroom mycelium interior.
Mushroom Materials are high-performance, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastics. Created by combining locally sourced agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium (a living organism), these materials are grown using the power of nature. The Mushroom Materials then achieve a variety of performance properties, making them an innovative and sustainable medium for designers and furniture makers.
Danielle Trofe Design:
The Mush-Lume lighting collection is an initiative to redefine what our interior objects are made from and encourages a departure from conventional materials. By tapping into a unique material science such as mushroom mycelium, we can begin to reimagine a more sustainable future. All the lamps are GROWN, not manufactured, from mushrooms.
Through a partnership with Ecovative Design, we are able to grow lamp shades using their extensive mushroom mycelium research, tested technology and patented growing process. The growth process uses agricultural byproducts, such as 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.
Organic, sustainable and biodegradable. Indoor lighting is not the first thing that comes to mind when you read these words. The Mush-Lume lighting collection is an effort to challenge and change our ideas about what interior objects are made from as well as the process by which they are produced. By tapping into a unique material science such as mushroom mycelium, we can begin to reimagine a more sustainable future within the lighting industry. The Mush-Lume lamps are GROWN, not manufactured, from mushrooms!
The mushroom material is comprised of agricultural waste (corn stalks and seed husks) making the bulk of the source material a recycled byproduct of the agriculture industry. Next, the agricultural waste substrate is injected with liquid mushroom mycelium. Mycelium is a natural, self-assembling glue. It grows rapidly and binds to the agricultural waste to create a solid, lightweight form. This process harnesses the power of nature– the cleanest technology on Earth–eliminating the pollution generated by the petroleum-based plastics supply chain. No chemicals, toxic glues, or additional materials are added during the process. It’s all natural!
The Mush-Lume lamps use custom made molds that are hand-packed with the mulch-like mushroom material. Once the molding process has concluded, the lamps are left to grow for four to seven days (depending on the size of the lamp). When the material has reached its growing capacity within the mold, the lamps are de-molded and left to dry. The final step is to then heat the lamps at a high temperature. This renders the material inert and ensures that the mycelium will not continue to grow any further.
The result of this process is a strong, durable and lightweight form with a similar mass and density to styrofoam (but none of the wasteful impact). The agricultural byproduct creates an earthy texture, while the soft, white mycelium encases the form and visually communicates the the process and essential component of the material, a mushroom. The mushroom material can be left natural or be hand painted with non-toxic, all natural milk paint to add the option of color. Unlike plastics, which come from unsustainable petrochemicals, the mushroom material starts with plant-based farm waste and can end up in your garden, fully compostable. Therefore, instead of this product ultimately ending up in a landfill, it will naturally biodegrade in your backyard, adding nutrients back into the soil rather than waste. The mushroom material has received the Cradle to Cradle Gold certification.
The Mush-Lume Collection began with the table lamp and then expanded to several hanging pendants and chandelier style clusters. The Cascade series is a nod to mid century modern with an eco twist. The table lamp combines hand-turned wood with a cast concrete base connected using rare earth magnets.
Another important component of the Mush-Lume lighting series is local production. The material and labor is sourced and performed within NY State and primarily in Brooklyn. [“Brooklyn Made” certification through the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is currently pending.] Handcraft is also an essential attribute of the collection, from concrete casting (In.Sek Design), wood turning (Alan Dorsey), metal spinning (Williamsburg Metal) and finally the mushroom molding, growing and painting (Danielle Trofe Design), multiple crafts are honored in each piece. All the lamps are UL certified for sale and use within the United States.
Working with mushroom mycelium as a building block for product development within the design industry is a new innovation. A significant challenge with working with a new and developing material science, is having the means and capacity to turn a craft into a viable lighting product. Through a partnership with Ecovative Design, the world’s leader in applying mycological technology to manufacturing (growing) structural materials, we are able to scale production to meet future demand.
The future of design rests on the shoulders of innovation across multi-disciplinary fields. By bringing together advancements in material sciences, with timeless techniques of craft production and new schools of thought involving the life of a product, we are able to reinvent and shift an industry into a new paradigm. The Mush-Lume Lighting Collection inspires a new frontier of lighting products that are grown, not manufactured, from natural, sustainable and biodegradable materials.
Name: MushLume Lighting Collection
Type: Lighting Collection
Usage: Pendant light, Floor Lamp, Table Lamp
Materials: Mushroom Mycelium
Materials Combination: Mushroom + Color, Mushroom + Metal, Mushroom + Wood, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: different sizes / Varies
Lamp Type/Light source: n/a
Lighting Designer: Danielle Trofe Design – 253 36th Street, 3rd Floor, Suite C301, Brooklyn, NY 11232, United States
Text Description: © Courtesy of Danielle Trofe Design, CORE77 DESIGN AWARD
Images: © Danielle Trofe Design, JAM Editions Inc., Nix + Gerber Studio