Copenhagen-based designer Jonas Edvard launched an organic textile material called MYX, made from Oyster mushroom mycelium and hemp fibers. Edvard also developed lamps made from MYX.
MYX is made from leftover hemp fibers from the textile industry and mushroom mycelium (the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae), which is gathered from commercial mushroom farms. To create MYX, Edvard developed a natural binding process that involves growing the mushroom mycelium around hemp fibers like glue, forming a flexible and soft living textile.
To create the lamps, the MYX is grown in the shape of a lamp shade over the course of two to three weeks. After two weeks, the Oyster mushrooms are harvested, leaving behind a lamp-shaped structure of waste material, which is then dried. The result is a lightweight, organic, compostable and sustainable textile lampshade.