written by Mariana Valença
Growing our Suede-like Furniture like Ninela Ivanova and Sebastian Cox.
Have you ever thought about building your won structures with examples of mother nature? We are obviously used to work with many types of wood and others materials. But, what about been able to build a product based on an organic creation?
Sebastian Cox is the owner, founder and specially the designer behind some examples of “natural design”(if we can call it like this). With Ninela Ivanova an interdisciplinary designer, who specialises in novel materials and many other things, they created their own laboratory for biofacture and as they say “It is here that we are using the remarkable and ancient material relationship between wood and mycelium (fungus) to grow contemporary furniture.”
Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus. When mixed with wood they found a way to bind these material in a way that can be used to construct different kinds of structures that are know being used, like the tree-shaped structures developed by Architect Dirk Hebel and Engineer Philippe Block.
This kind of work is the main focus of these two designers, willing to proceed on the discovery of new way to understand materials and the way they communicate.
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