UBC Graduate Research

Mushroom Furniture Dahmen, Joseph


This UBC SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) project activated a space on the UBC campus through the design and fabrication of a architectural seating installation using sustainable biocomposite materials derived from mycelium (mushrooms) and cellulosic byproducts of the BC forestry industry. The aesthetic and structural potential of these materials were explored using laboratory testing and design-based research methodologies. The result was playful and inviting seating for the UBC campus. The installation explored concepts and modes that communicate the values of sustainability in a visceral way through innovative forms on which people can sit and relax. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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