This Furniture Doesn't Just Look Like Mushrooms, It's Made of Mushrooms

If you're into finding alternatives to animal products, then oh my do we have something in store for you. It turns out mushroom mycelium and wood waste bound together make a leather-like material perfect for creating furniture.

British designer Sebastian Cox and design researcher Dr. Ninela Ivanova teamed up for a project called Mycelium + Timber that offers stools and lights made of, you guessed it, mycelium and wood. They spent the past 18 months developing the material, according to Cox, which uses green wood waste bound together with mycelium — or the little filaments grouped together in fungi.

The pieces look very modern, natural, and, well, mushroom-like. Hey, we are fans of food as art.

Cox and Ivanova plan to continue their collaboration and to launch a full collection in the near future, according to Dezeen. We don't happen to have mushroom left in our homes, but we'll totally make space for this fungi's designs.

Carolin Lehmann

Carolin Lehmann

Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.