Material and dimensions:
Mushroom mycelium, plant fibre.
100 x 100 cm
Anders Sune Berg
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Grounded in years of research into the qualities and abilities of natural fibres and materials, Amager based designer Jonas Edvard has tapped into the sound absorbing properties of mushroom mycelium in the form of Myx Sail / Floor. Actively collaborating with the living material throughout the design and production of the sound absorbing panel, a flexible room divider is formed within a pre-designed mould as the mycelium grows over and bonds with a mixture of plant fibres. The 1m x 1m panel demonstrates the structural abilities of the composite biomaterial as the final form is both flexible yet rigid. The modular design of the prototype aims to highlight how the inherent properties of these organic materials can be integrated into our homes and work spaces.
The Myx Sail / Floor forms part of a larger research study conducted by Jonas Edvard with the help of German based Arup Engineers. Alongside Edvard’s years of hands-on research working with mycelium, Arup has assisted in looking deeper into the sound absorbing qualities of the biomaterial. Utilising this shared research base, Edvard has designed his mycelium panels to absorb sound frequencies between 200 – 2500hz, the standard range at which humans talk and interact. Through this project, Edvard aims to demonstrate how natural, organic materials can be incorporated within our homes – not just in the form of objects, furniture and lighting – but through integrated components of our buildings and interior architecture.
Designer, born 1982.
With respect, devotion and admiration of nature, Jonas Edvard investigates the complex relationship between raw material and human life. With an open-minded approach to the design process, he creates experiments which lead to new design materials and objects, made from local or organic raw materials. His work is often rooted in a circular and sustainable approach, designing not only for the function of man, but also for the relevance of nature. By using a living organism to shape the design process, Edvard investigates our role in a co-species production of design and materials, questioning our relationship with nature as a symbioses. Edvard’s work is characterised by research into the development of new design materials, repositioning them into functional forms whilst continuously discussing the implementation and use of designed objects and how we as humans understand the value and aesthetics of natural origins.
2013: MA, Product and Ceramic Design, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2010: BA, Industrial Design, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark.
GRANTS AND HONOURS:
2023: Honorary Prize, Kunstforeningen 14. August, Denmark.
2019: Working Grant, Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark.
2019: Project Grant, Fritz and Trude Fortmann Foundation for Building Culture and Materials, Germany.
2016: Finn Juhl Award, Denmark.
2014: Nominated, Rado Star Prize, International.
2019: Group Exhibition, La Fabrique Du Vivant, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
2018: Group Exhibition, Chart Curio, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2018: Group Exhibition, Fungal Futures, University of Utrecht, Museum Twentesewelle, Holland.
2017: Group Exhibition, Everyday Life -Thinking Design, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan.
2017: Group Exhibition, Eat me, Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark.
2015: Group Exhibition, French Pavilion, Textifood EXPO, Milan, Italy.
Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.
Art Center Chicago, Chicago, USA.
Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark.
Domus, Pilsen, Czech Republic.
2023: Restaurant Noma, Kyoto, Japan.
2019: Popl Restaurant, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2018: Restaurant Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2017: WastED, London, England.