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Danielle Trofe Kickstarter

Grow Lamp Launches on Kickstarter

We’re LIVE on Kickstarter!

The Grow-It-Yourself Lamp combines the art of making with the power of nature in a truly sustainable fabrication process. Featuring Ecovative’s patented Mushroom® Material technology, the Grow. Lamp kit includes a bag of mushroom mycelium substrate, a lampshade form, growing instructions, a UL-certified pendant light set, and an optional table stand.

Hanging Window Gardens

Hanging Window Gardens

Introducing our new hanging window gardens, featuring three different organic-shaped, 3D printed planter pods that rotate and can be placed in any configuration and height along a polished brass rod.  The standard 36″ height fits most windows and can be connected to additional segments to span larger windows and offer greater modularity.

WantedDesign Brooklyn 2017

Launching Grow-It-Yourself Sustainable Lampshades Made with Mushroom®Materials

An Ecovative + Danielle Trofe Design Collaboration


Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

May 17-23, 2017

Creative consumers committed to the environment will soon have the opportunity to brighten their home or office with a fully grown lampshade made of sustainable materials – a lampshade they can literally grow themselves.  Ecovative Design, the pioneer and world leader in the use of Mushroom®Materials to grow sustainable products for the home and office is collaborating with award winning bio-designer Danielle Trofe, creator of the MushLume Lighting Collection, to introduce these new products.

The Grow | Lamp – the first designed by Trofe for Ecoative’s new grow it yourself product line — will be officially launched during NYCxDESIGN, 2017. These innovative lighting options will be on view at WantedDesign Brooklyn in Industry City from May 17-23, 2017, and available for sale at the event and via Ecovative’s online shop beginning May 17.

“Understanding the full lifecycle of a product helps you value it differently. We are continuously exploring ways to bring our innovative material science directly to the consumer. Empowering users to be a part of the growing process creates a greater understanding and connection to the objects, and to the effect those products have on their immediate environment and on the planet. Danielle Trofe’s imaginative design and commitment to our materials, creates the perfect formula for this collaboration.” – Ecovative co-founder and CEO Eben Bayer

“The overall goal of the Grow | Lamp is to challenge and change our ideas of what interior products are made from, how they’re made and ultimately where they will end up.  We want to disrupt not only the way in which we manufacture goods, but how consumers participate with interior goods. Through this experiential process, the user becomes the maker, connecting with the future of how we might better fit in on this planet, by GROWING biodegradable goods. It’s not just a lamp, it’s the future of design and YOU get to be a part of it.” – Danielle Trofe

WantedDesign Ecovative          WantedDesign Ecovative

1Hotel BB Lobby

1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

100+ lampshades grown from mushroom mycelium

A cloud of lampshades grown from mushroom mycelium, each varying in size and height span the ceiling of the Riverhouse suite in the newly opened 1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.  The sustainable materials soft texture and glow gracefully communicates the ethos of both Danielle Trofe Design and 1Hotels, conscious living.

The fundamentals of sustainable design is all about, deeply understanding the entire process from sourcing, to energy and water consumption during the production process, to where the product will ultimately end up. Cradle to Grave. The mushroom material utilizes a waste product (corn stalk) and combines it with a rapidly renewable material (mycelium) and harnesses only the power of nature to GROW an object that, in turn, can return safely to the earth, adding nutrients back to the soil rather than pollutants.

1Hotels is a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature that cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture.

C2C Certified Webinar

Cradle to Cradle Certified Material Spotlight Webinar

Innovating With Ecovative

Join this webinar to learn about Ecovative, a leading, high performance, premium, award-winning material that is safe, healthy, and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at the Gold Level. Hear from and engage with Ecovative material experts, Jeff Betts and Kyle Bucklin, and Danielle Trofe, a designer who uses the material to promote a function-forward, sustainable and socially responsible approach to furniture and lighting design.

Wednesday, April 14th 2017

9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET / 5:00pm CET

Register Here

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wanteddesign holiday market

WantedDesign Holiday Market

December 9-11th, 2016

Industry City

Sunset Park, Brooklyn


Join us at the Wanted Design Holiday Market!  We’ll be launching new MushBloom Planters and exclusive one-offs that make fantastic holiday gifts!

WantedDesign will make Holiday Shopping enjoyable at Industry City’s inspiring waterfront setting. Visitors will indulge in a fun and family-friendly weekend away from the traditional stressful gift hunting.
As parents shop, kids will be invited to play with interactive magnetic wall by Visual Magnetics, or watch a movie during the screening sessions organized by Sony Life Space UX.
Visitors will also be able to interact directly with makers, company ambassadors and designers to discover the “behind-the-product” stories. This will be the perfect occasion to get to know more about authentic design and spend a nice time shopping for friends and loved ones. Check out the Kikkerland Log Cabin!
There will be a cozy lounge by Design Within Reach and yummy food and drinks.
When at the market, visitors can enter for a chance to win a tokyobike’s Bisou bike.

Holiday Market public hours
Friday December 9, 12pm to 5pm
Saturday December 10, 11am to 6pm | Sunday December 11, 11am to 6pm
Industry City, 241 37th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), Second Floor, Brooklyn NY 11232 | map | Subway: D, N, & R (36th St. Station)

This event is sponsored by Industry City and supported by Design Milk
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Disruptive Innovation Festival

Disruptive Innovation Festival Open Mic

Growing A New Future in Design: Working With Mushroom Mycelium

November 18th, 2016

11am ET Live Open Mic

How can mushroom mycelium guide us to a more sustainable and socially responsible future? Join Danielle Trofe of Danielle Trofe Design and Jeff Betts from Ecovative in a live presentation and demonstration of how Mushroom® Materials, a high-performance, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastics, can be used to disrupt industries and change the way we create our interior worlds. Mushroom® Materials are created by combining locally sourced agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium (a living organism), these materials are grown using the power of nature. Learn about how you can start your own hands-on projects using Ecovative’s Grow It Yourself (GIY) kits.

Click Here to Connect to the Live Open Mic Session


Jeff Betts

Jeff Betts
Design & Development Lead, Ecovative

Jeff came to Ecovative five years ago with a background in Architecture and fabrication and works with clients to realize product ideas with mushroom materials in both custom and production sizes. He is currently working on product development and design with Myco Board both as a molded product and panel, as well as leading the GIY (Grow It Yourself) program Ecovative offers to anyone interested in growing mushroom material from a dehydrated kit. Jeff has dealt with all levels of manufacturing, post processing, and productizing mushroom material at Ecovative.

Danielle Trofe

Danielle Trofe
Principal & Designer, Danielle Trofe Design

Danielle founded Danielle Trofe Design, a Brooklyn-based design studio creating sustainable solutions at the intersection of science, technology and design, in 2011. By harnessing innovative technologies and material sciences to create functional and accessible design, Danielle aims to encourage a departure from conventional materials and production techniques in search of long-term, sustainable solutions. She is currently seeking a master’s degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University with an aim to direct the studio deeper into Biodesign.

GIY Workshop @ The Lowline Lab

Join Us Saturday, October 1st in NYC

For a hands-on workshop with mushroom mycelium, the rapidly regenerative root structure of mushrooms.  Learn how to create objects in a radically new and sustainable way, by growing them!

Ecovative and Danielle Trofe will be hosting a GIY workshop on Saturday, October 1st from 12-2:30pm at the Lowline Lab, demonstrating tips and tricks on how to work with Mushroom® Materials. Participants of all ages will get the opportunity to make and take home their very own Grow-It-Yourself planters!

Register Here for the Workshop

12:00 – 12:30PM: Talk + Q&A
12:30 – 2:30PM: Ongoing Grow-It-Yourself Planter Workshop

Lowline Lab
140 Essex Street
New York, NY

There is a suggested donation of $10. RSVP is highly suggested. Walk-in participation will be welcome if available.

Attendees: Click here for GIY Instructions for your planters

GIY Instructions

Below are your GIY Instructions to grow your mushroom mycelium planters:

Step 1: Let mycelium grow in plastic mold for 4 days.

Planter 1

Step 2: Demold (gently) using gloves on fourth day, Monday Aug. 22nd.  Place planter back in plastic bag.  Fill with as much air as possible so that none of the bag is touching the sides of the planter (except the bottom).  Let it grow out one more day.

Planter 2   Planter 3

Step 3: Take planter out of bag on fifth day, Tuesday Aug 23rd.  Place on a cookie cooling rack, if possible in front of a fan.  Let dry for one day.


Step 4: On the sixth day, Wednesday Aug 24th, bake the planter in your home oven for 30 minutes at 200 degrees F.

Step 5: Poke or drill a small hole in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out.  Plant a small plant, succulents or other small plants that don’t require a lot of moisture work best.

Step 6: Over time the plant and moisture will slowly begin to breakdown the planter.  When visible degradation occurs you can place entire pot in a new pot, breaking up the material slightly.  The mushroom material planter will biodegrade over time and eventually become food for your plant.  You can also break up the material and place in a compost.


To order additional mushroom material, visit Ecovative’s Myco Make online shop.

Safety & Warnings: Please read this should you experience any discoloration or have any additional questions or concerns


GIY Workshop

GIY Workshop @ Grow Exhibit

Thursday, Aug. 18th @ 6pm

The Gallery at Industry City

254 36th, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Attendees: Click here for GIY Instructions for your planters


GIY Workshop

Have you ever imagined growing an object from mushroom mycelium?  Don’t know what mushroom mycelium is?  No problem, we’ll teach you! Visit the GROW exhibit in The Gallery at Industry City on August 18th @6pm for a hands-on workshop working with Ecovative‘s Mushroom® Materials.

Mushroom Materials are high-performance, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastics.  Created by combining locally sourced agricultural byproducts and mushroom mycelium (a living organism), these materials are grown using the power of nature. The Mushroom Materials then achieve a variety of performance properties, making them an innovative and sustainable medium for designers and furniture makers.

Ecovative recently announced its Grow It Yourself (GIY) program, through which curious designers, educators, makers, students, and other innovators to create environmentally friendly, healthy, sustainable designs and products.

Danielle Trofe will lead the workshop, providing a hands-on experience in working with Mushroom Materials.  Instructions on how to create custom forms and tooling, as well as tips and tricks on how to grow a successful GIY project, will be demonstrated.  Participants will be invited to mold their own objects to finish growing at home.  All ages welcome.

About the Exhibit

GROW is an exploration into discovering and implementing new manufacturing processes that take the full life cycle of a product into consideration.  By tapping into a unique material science such as mushroom mycelium, we can begin to reimagine a more sustainable future.  For the month of August, Danielle Trofe will host a live production, growing a hundred lampshades from mycelium for a custom lighting installation to be featured in the new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The exhibit, located in The Gallery at Industry City will be open to the public five days a week, sparking curiosity and providing a hands-on experience with the mushroom material, and growing process, with an aim to encourage us all to reimagine what our goods are made from, how they’re made and where they will ultimately end up.

General Exhibit Information:

August 4- August 30, 2016

M,Tu,Th, F: 9am – 5pm

W: 9am-12pm

The Gallery at Industry City, Sunset Park

274 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY

The MushLume lighting collection redefines what interior objects are made from and encourages a departure from conventional materials. All the lamps are GROWN, not manufactured, from mushrooms. Through a partnership with Ecovative Design, we are able to grow lamp shades using their extensive mushroom mycelium research, tested technology and patented growing process. The process starts by taking a rapidly renewable resource, mycelium—the root structures of mushrooms—and combining it with a waste product from the agricultural industry—corn stalk—then, using only the power of nature, we are able to GROW a product that is fully biodegradable, adding nutrients back into the soil at the end of its life.

“By bringing together advancements in material sciences, with timeless techniques of craft production and new schools of thought involving the life of a product, we are able to reinvent and shift an industry into a new paradigm.  The Mush-Lume Lighting Collection inspires a new frontier of lighting products that are grown, not manufactured, from natural, sustainable and biodegradable materials.”  – Danielle Trofe

About Industry City

Industry City is a 6 million-square-foot collection of warehouse structures situated on the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The property’s ownership – led by Belvedere Capital and Jamestown – is actively updating the complex, its amenities and its systems while cultivating a diverse tenant mix that fuses today’s burgeoning innovation economy with traditional manufacturing and artisanal craft. This work is paving the way toward a vibrant and diverse community of forward-thinking companies that support good-paying jobs for workers across skill and experience levels. Since the new partnership was forged in August 2013, employment has increased from 1,900 jobs to 4,500 jobs, including more than 100 positions filled through Industry City’s local employment program. For more information, visit