Fungi Mutarium Incubator

11th December 2014

Issues surrounding plastic in our waste streams and ways of breaking it down using fungi is an ongoing point of interest and discussion between designers, materiologists and scientists and one that is creating some intriguing propositions.

The Fungi Mutarium Incubator which was showcased in Eindhoven last week is the latest and mixes decomposition with future food. Designed in collaboration with Livin Studio and Utrecht University it cultivates mycelium within egg shaped pods made from agar (FU) whilst breaking down plastic as it grows.

Plastic is placed in the incubator along with diluted mycelium cultures which develop over the agar pods whilst slowly digesting the plastic and filling the space within them.

A slow process, it can take several months for the plastic to be fully digested by the fungi and research continues to speed this up, but what is interesting is that the agar pods can be removed at the end of the process and eaten.

The team have also come up with a recipe to create flavoured FU which can then be filled with other ingredients to make a full meal.

They have also designed a set of cutlery that has been designed specifically for eating the fungi from the pods.





Fly Factory

7th May 2014

Inspired by the 2013 report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations called Edible Insects, which investigates how eating insects could help future food shortages, design graduate Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson has created a Fly Factory that breeds insect larvae for human consumption.

Echoing the spider factory from Thomas Maincent in its aesthetic Aðalsteinsson's fly factory uses larvae bred in the factory to create pate and dessert.

The conceptual micro-factory utilises food waste as the feed for the insects reducing issues surrounding food waste whilst creating a new protein solution which according to Aðalsteinsson tastes like chicken.

Experimenting with the flavours and foodstuff he has also created a series of recipes such as coconut-chocolate larvae dessert. His designs are not expected to be for the home, rather for restaurants and industrial use but the debate still goes on to whether the western palette will except eating bugs and insects.

Aðalsteinsson is not the first designer to explore this area and is one of a growing number of designers and nutritionists who recognise the importance of finding an alternative source of protein for future diets.











Edible Surfaces

17th October 2012

With the run up to Dutch Design week all eyes are resting on Eindhoven and Amsterdam where the design innovators will be showcasing new and intriguing designs.

One project that will be showcased in Amsterdam is Edible surfaces a collaboration between Pinaki Studios, a London-based creative textile studio, and Chocolátl, a retail shop and tasting space in Amsterdam that specialises in eclectic premium chocolate.

Similarly to some projects seen during London Design Festival with collaborations between choclatiers and designers such as Faye Too Good, this collaboration draws on artisan techniques and the processes of chocolate. It celebrates in the parallel techniques between the art of textile design and chocolate making.

The resulting chocolate objects will be shown alongside the textile pieces that they were inspired by.

Edible Surfaces can be seen from the 20th October at Chocolátl- Chocolátl- Hazenstraat 25-A, 1016 Amsterdam-Netherlands






Edible cookbook

30th March 2012

Food and the printed page are key topics within the design industry at the moment so I love the fact that the two have been combined by German design studio Studio Korefe.

Titled 'the real cookbook' it was designed for Gestenberg publishing house in a limited edition series. An edible cookery book for making a classic lasagna, the book is made from fresh pasta and has the recipe inscribed into each page. The book is then baked into the home made lasagna.







Unbaked - Plates for Soulmates

1st November 2011

While the gaze of the design industry has been on Eindhoven and Berlin these past few weeks, some of my favourite designers such as Mkkink & Bey, Jetske Visser and Unfold have been getting ready for an exhibition called Plates for Soulmates at Valerie Traan gallery in Antwerp.

In addition to the above, one of the '15 delicious installations' is by the brilliant (and lovely) Andere Monjo who has been baking at Domestic Bakery (in Antwerp) in collaboration with Lionel Bethaz a master pastry chef.

Up scaling from her Baked Table which she showed at London Design Festival in 2010, Andere has pushed her technique to explore the relationship between food and textiles. The results are beautiful and here are some of the shots that Andere took whilst baking away.


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