Mai Thi Nguyen and Daniela Solueva are awarded one of the Green Concept Awards 2022.
This study is showcasing the load-bearing capacities of mycelium, a living fungal organism, when reinforced with bio-based materials and specifically natural fibres, in an alternative merging design approach. The proposed design method aims to guide mycelium’s growth on a natural rattan framework that serves as a supportive structure for the mycelium substrate and its fibre reinforcement. The rattan skeleton is integrated into the finished composite product, where both components merge, forming a fully biodegradable unit. The occurring multi-layer biobased component can support a load beyond 20 times its own weight. An initial physical prototype in furniture scale is realized.
Tutor: Evgenia Spyridonos
Professor: Hanaa Dahy
Links to Submission: https://www.gp-award.com/en/pre-selection/mycomerge
The prototype will be exhibited at the Special Exhibition MCBW, which will take place from 14 to 22 May at Viktualienmarkt (Frauenstrasse 8) in Munich.
Info on the exhibition: https://www.gp-award.com/en/blog/posts/special-exhibition-mcbw-2022
Green Product & Concept Award 2022 Ceremony, May 18th
Info on the ceremony: https://www.gp-award.com/en/blog/posts/award-ceremony-2022