Our Pilot Projects
Over the past two years we have applied mycelium composites to multiple pilot projects with various partners. These projects are aimed at broadening our experience and knowledge about different substrate materials, experiencing change in production processes, and exploring collaboration opportunities with innovators. Most of these pilot projects went under the name of Fungalogic, Marc’s R&D company.
Circular acoustic phone booth
Together with Stichting Glastuinbouw Innovation (SIGN), we developed an acoustic phone booth based on our shared vision on interior design: future interiors are circular, modular, made of biobased materials, and are contributive to a healthy work environment. This phone booth, called The Cocoon, is designed to invite the user in a comfortable but active leaning position, ideal for calls or online meetings. The frame is made of CNC-milled wood. Every part can be taken out and replaced if necessary. The acoustic interior is made of recycled and biobased materials: acoustic mycelium composite panels derived from tomato stems and hemp. On top of this, the interior is made of Ecor panels from cellulose, metisse filling, from recycled jeans, and I-did felt from recycled Efteling tenues.
Modular acoustic phone booth
Based on shared visions upon interior design, we developed an acoustic phone booth together with Stichting Glastuinbouw Innovation (SIGN). Interiors of the future are circular, modular, made of biobased materials and contributive to a healthy work environment. The booth’s frame is visibly modular and is composed of three different parts. The whole booth can be disassembled and reassembled easily by one person. The booth’s acoustic panels are mycelium composites derived from tomato stems and hemp.
Mycelium insulated office interior
In collaboration with GISPEN, Stichting Innovatie Glastuinbouw (SIGN) and the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoeBBE), we developed the first prototype of an office workspace with acoustic mycelium insulation, exploring the potential of mycelium products in a future with circular and biobased office interior.
One of the benefits of our material is the wide range of (waste) biomass streams that can be used to produce it. Nevertheless, every material we produce delivers different and tailor-made characteristics, as we develop specific properties of the composite. In this project, we developed a variety of framed mycelium-based acoustic panels for The Hague start-up hub Apollo 14. A selection of local biomass streams, including reed, flax and tomato stems, are combined with different types of fungi into acoustic panels, in search of the combinations with the best (acoustic) properties. These panels are developed with the support of ImpactCity, when Fungalogic won The Hague Innovators Challenge 2018 student’s prize. The panels are now placed in a meeting room at Apollo 14, testing their acoustic properties in practice.
In 2018 we built a ‘fully grown’ meeting room at the ministry of Economic Affairs in the Hague. It is comprised of modular timber panels, filled with our mycelium insulation blocks to enhance acoustic and thermal properties.
The pavilion is designed without compromises, and still it uses harmless and fully recyclable materials. We chose Ekotex graphite paint (C2C Gold), building felt from I-did (made out of old KLM-suits) and second-hand office furniture. The lamps and acoustic panels are also grown out of mycelium. A ceiling-high plant wall with natural light entering from above ensures a healthy indoor climate.
At the end of its life, the meeting room can be easily disassembled and used elsewhere. Even after the product’s lifespan, it can be fully recycled without dealing with any harmful substances.