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BEer Stool 1

MYCELIUM COMPOSITE MATERIAL TEST
A series of low bar stools made from the by product of beer waste and mycelium, the root structure of Mushroom. The project was first exhibited at the Melbourne Design Week in 2020.

In the process of brewing beer there are several by products which often go to waste. Pairing with a local brewery to learn more about the process, we found  several by-products namely, damaged aluminium cans, spent grain mash, spent hops and the bags the hops came in.

The most challenging by-product to manage at the time was the spent hops, so we spent several months learning what we could make from the muddy green slop. Initial experiments looked at casting the substance in a bio-resin, or bone glue, all of which worked successfully although didn't take advantage of the orgnaic nature of the by-product. This instigated further research leading to the wonderful world of fungi and led to two major experiments using hops and fungi. The project started with a simple question "How can we re-introduce waste back into the environment that creates it" instigating a more cyclical approach to materials and furniture creation.

BEER STOOL 4 LEGS
MYCELIUM COMPOSITE CURVED LEGS VERSIONBEER STOOL 4 LEG DESIGNBOTH MYCELIUM COMPOSITE LOW BAR STOOLSCURVED LEG MYCELIUM COMPOSITE BAR STOOL