British maker and furniture designer Sebastian Cox teams up with researcher Nina Ivanova in an exciting collaboration called Mycelium + Timber. The duo explore the possibilities of unlikely materials — mushroom mycelium (fungus) and waste timber — in the production of eco-furniture pieces.

Fungal material was added to thin strips of scrap willow wood, rendering them pliant enough to be folded into different shapes. Once dried they become lightweight yet sturdy, offering a texture similar to suede. Currently, Cox and Ivanova have created a series of stools and lamps: beautiful pieces that bring together contemporary design and sustainability. We’re certainly excited about the projects that lie ahead.

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Photography: Petr Krejci via sebastiancox.co.uk