jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow

Myx Sail / Floor by Jonas Edvard

 

For the Mindcraft Project 2023, Jonas Edvard introduces a sound-absorbing screen developed using mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow. Titled Myx Sail / Floor, the project takes shape as a 1m x 1m panel, showcasing the structural qualities of this composite biomaterial, marrying flexibility with rigidity. Collaborating with this living material throughout the design and production process, the designer shapes a flexible room divider within a pre-designed mold as the mycelium gradually grows and bonds with a plant fiber mixture. Edvard’s modular design prototype aims to emphasize how the inherent properties of organic materials like mycelium can integrate into our living and working spaces. ‘My inspiration comes from observing the mushroom’s natural role as a recycling agent, breaking down plant matter into soil.’ Jonas Edvard shares with designboom. ‘Responsible design, in my view, involves understanding the collaborative relationship between design choices and their impact on nature. This perspective aims to contribute to a more sustainable life cycle.’

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow
all images by Anders Sune Berg, unless stated otherwise

 

 

Exploring Mycelium’s Sound-Absorbing Potential

 

This project is part of a broader research study conducted by Jonas Edvard in collaboration with Arup Engineers based in Germany. Together, they delve into the sound-absorbing qualities of mycelium, with the panels designed to absorb frequencies between 200 – 2500hz, the standard range of human conversation and interaction. The designer envisions the potential for natural, organic materials to become integral components of our buildings and interior architecture. Edvard’s design philosophy revolves around a profound respect for nature, evident in his exploration of the intricate relationship between raw materials and human life. ‘My work is based on new research into raw natural materials with the aim of creating a new vocabulary of design – testing the materials’ consistency, durability and aesthetics in order to map the possibilities and qualities hidden within the matter.’ 

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow
the sound-absorbing panel invites you to touch and feel the natural qualities of mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow

 

 

His open-minded approach to design leads to experiments that yield new materials and objects from local or organic sources, often embracing a circular and sustainable ethos. In his testing phase, Edvard explores various material combinations to understand the design, appearance, and functionality of mycelium-based sound-absorbing material. He highlights its natural, porous, lightweight, and stiff characteristics. His work, deeply rooted in research, involves repositioning materials into functional forms and sparking conversations about the value and aesthetics of natural origins. ‘I want people to sense the qualities of the sound-absorbing materials and to engage in a new understanding of how natural materials can be incorporated into our homes and living areas.’  

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow
the panel is designed to absorb human conversation frequencies

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow

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experimenting with local and organic sources, reshaping materials into new objects

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow
close-up of the piece

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow
portrait of the designer at the Mindcraft Project 2023 physical exhibition, image © designboom

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow
image by Benjamin Lund

jonas edvard crafts sound-absorbing panel from mushroom mycelium, hemp, and willow
image by Benjamin Lund

 

 

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project info:

 

name: Myx Sail / Floor

designer: Jonas Edvard | @jonasedvardstudio

materials | dimensions: Mushroom mycelium, plant fibre | 100 x 100 cm
year: 2023

event: the Mindcraft Project 2023 | @mindcraftproject

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