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Autodesk University Danielle Trofe

Autodesk University Speaker

Las Vegas, The Venetian

Dec. 1-3  2015

Danielle Trofe joined industry leaders and experts at Autodesk University in Las Vegas, as an innovation forum speaker.  She shared her work with new and emerging materials and processes to create sustainable solutions in an effort to disrupt the furniture and lighting industry.

Building Tomorrow’s World: Flexing Your Digital Brain and Brawn


Technology disruption is shaking up the way we construct and experience our physical world. Additive manufacturing, robotic fabrication, advanced materials, and other innovations help us exceed expectations as we create new products and build spaces and infrastructure. Join this Innovation Forum on physical production and get an inspiring view of the future from leaders disrupting their industries and creating new value for clients and customers.

Hosted by: Roman Mars

Roman Mars is creator and host of 99% Invisible, an iTunes top 20 design and architecture podcast that averages 3 million monthly downloads. He captivated audiences as a TED main stage speaker in 2015, and was named 1 of the 100 Most Creative People by Fast Company in 2013. As the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history, Roman has raised more than $1.16 million through crowdfunding campaigns. He is also co-founder of Radiotopia, an innovative collective of story-driven podcasts.

SxSW Eco Mushlume



October 5-7

Austin Convention Center

Austin, TX

Danielle Trofe Design will be furnishing select VIP areas at SXSW Eco with a new series of lamps from the award-winning Mush-Lume Lighting Collection.  SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to advance solutions that drive economic, environmental and social change. In its fifth year, the conference will feature collaborative events to facilitate direct connections, as well as focused panel sessions and exciting competitions that will introduce attendees to transformative products, technologies and ideas. Through provocative programming, strategic alliances and global participation, SXSW Eco supports the communities creating a positive impact.

The Mush-Lume lamps are grown using Ecovative‘s, an upstate New York biomaterials company, Mushroom® Material technology.  The process uses mushroom mycelium and agricultural wastes to create a safe foam-like material that is completely natural, sustainable and biodegradable.  Ecovative has successfully commercialized Mushroom® Packaging, a protective packaging product, and Myco Board, a toxic free engineered wood alternative and recently has launched their Grow It Yourself program.

Danielle Trofe Design has been a beta tester of the GIY mushroom material and is an ambassador of promoting the product to designers, students, innovators, and educators, empowering anyone to purchase the material, experiment and grow products and designs using these compostable materials.

The Mush-Lume lighting collection is an effort to challenge and change our ideas about what interior objects are made from as well as the process by which they are produced.  By tapping into a unique material science such as mushroom mycelium, we can begin to reimagine a more sustainable future within the lighting industry.



Business Insider

Business Insider: The Coolest New Businesses in NYC

Danielle Trofe Design made Business Insider‘s list of The 29 Coolest New Businesses in New York City!

Many will agree that being your own boss sounds like an appealing lifestyle, but few have what it takes to make it as a small business entrepreneur.

We sought out the freshest, most innovative businesses in New York City, focusing our search on places that have opened within the last five years.

Though we included some tech startups, we mostly focused on brick and mortar shops, since we already published a list on the hottest startups in New York.

Some of these businesses, like a mobile app designed to help you find parking, aim to make your life easier, while others, like a cat cafe, will just make your life more fun.


Business Insider Danielle Trofe


What it is: A design company with a line of biodegradable lamps made of mushrooms.

Why it’s cool: Danielle Trofe is a Brooklyn-based designer who creates sustainable and environmentally aware furniture and lighting. Her line of biodegradable lamps, called Mush-Lume Lighting, has won five design awards in the past two years.

She also creates and sells organic planters and self-sustaining, hydroponic gardens.

Maker Faire NYC

Maker Faire NYC

Mush-Lume Lighting & Ecovative’s Grow-It-Yourself Kits at the 6th Annual World Maker Faire 

September 26 & 27, 2015   10AM – 6PM

New York Hall of Science, Queens, NYC

We’ll be joining Ecovative, an upstate New York biomaterials company, at the 6th Annual World Maker Faire in New York City to offer a first hand experience of Mushroom® Material technology.  Visitors of the “Grow It Yourself!” booth will learn how to create their own projects and products with this Earth friendly material, and can even take home a limited edition Maker Faire GIY kit- complete with the Maker Faire Mascot mold to grow the material in!  Quantities are limited, so be sure to pre-order your kit today.

We’ll be displaying lamps from the Mush-Lume Lighting Collection that are grown using Mushroom Material technology.  Danielle Trofe will be onsite to answer questions, discuss her mold making process and share tips and pointers to those interested in growing their own designs.


Ecovative & GIY

Ecovative uses mushroom tissue and agricultural wastes to create a safe foam-like material that is completely natural. To date, the company has successfully commercialized Mushroom® Packaging, a protective packaging product, and Myco Board, a toxic free engineered wood alternative.

The company’s newest product is called Grow It Yourself, and it enables anyone to purchase the raw material and create with it at home, in the classroom, or in a studio. Successful projects have been appearing all over the globe, and Ecovative is excited to share this revolutionary material with the attendees of the World Maker Faire.

Makers from Ecovative will be at the “Grow It Yourself!” booth to demonstrate how to create successful designs, including how to use 3D printing, found objects, and maker skills to work for your design. They will also demonstrate the benefits of working with sustainable materials, and enable attendees to get their hands dirty by playing with living Mushroom Materials.

Please join Ecovative and Danielle Trofe at the Maker Faire to celebrate and explore creating with materials that are good for people and the planet.

Myclium Dye Samples

Experimenting with Natural Dyes and Mushroom Mycelium

This Summer we teamed up with the Textile Arts Center and their Sewing Seeds program to experiment with dyeing mushroom mycelium with natural dyes derived from plant root.  Initial tests included indigo, walnut halls, madder root and logwood.  The results were beautiful!  We plan to expand upon this gained knowledge to offer greater versatility in the Mush-Lume Lighting Collection as well as to share the experiment results with the public for future development in dyeing natural materials.  The mushroom material tested is a product of Ecovative.

The Sewing Seeds program provides accessible, accurate, and inspired information on natural dyes, to bring awareness for their use as a sustainable art medium.  Sewing Seeds works with community gardens, urban farms, parks and other green spaces to grow and identify natural dye plants as well as collaborates with other organizations and schools in the development lectures, workshops and master classes and offers an all year series of free all-ages classes.

The Sewing Seeds program is guided by the belief that the future of textile art, textile production and fashion will have to necessarily include better practices and a better knowledge of the materials. We also believe that the access to natural dyes and the knowledge of the dyeing techniques should be available for everyone who wants to use it.  By facilitating access to information on natural dyeing and by contributing to the education of a new generation of designers, artists, thinkers and buyers we hope that we’re making a difference in our community and in the future of our planet.

Brooklyn Made Silver

Brooklyn-Made Silver Certified

We’re Brooklyn-Made silver certified!

Brooklyn-Made is a certification program for locally-made goods powered by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The certification is the only one of its kind – a market-driven, geographically-focused certification assessing the extent to which a particular product is manufactured in Brooklyn, NY.

The program relies on a two-pronged approach to evaluation: a points-based scoring system as well as review from an independent advisory board. There are 3 tiers to the certification program – Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

As baseline criteria, only legal businesses headquartered in Brooklyn making one or more physical products will be considered. From there, the points-based system will evaluate a range of manufacturing activities, taking into account criteria such as share of total employees located in Brooklyn, location of product assembly, where design and development takes place, and other important factors.


Core77 Design Awards Mushlume

Mush-Lume Receives 2015 Core77 Design Awards Notable Honor

“Materials will be where innovation can be found over the next few years. A change in material culture and attitude towards sustainability will change the aesthetic of our interior landscape. This project starts just that journey.” – Core77 Jury


The Mush-Lume Lighting Collection, has been honored in the 2015 Core77 Design Awards!  In the Furniture & Lighting category, the Mush-Lume Lighting Collection received Professional Notable recognition.


We need your vote!  As an honoree, we have now been nominated for the 2015 Core77 Community Choice Award.  Please visit our page and vote for the Mush-Lume Lighting Collection and support the future of design: growing lamps from mushroom mycelium!


Core77 Vote



GIY Demo WantedDesign

Grow It Yourself – A Demonstration of Mushroom Materials

Hosted by WantedDesign Brooklyn

@ Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

May 10th, 12-2pm

220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Ecovative​ will team up with Danielle Trofe​ to demonstrate how Grow It Yourself Mushroom® Materials can be used to create objects and products from sustainable materials.

​Mushroom® Materials are high performing, environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional plastic forms. Created by combining locally sourced agricultural by products and mushroom mycelium (essentially the root structure of mushrooms), these materials are grown using the power of nature. Mushroom® Materials are able to 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 designers, students, innovators, and educators can purchase the raw Mushroom® Materials for a variety of applications. The program aims to empower anyone to experiment and grow products and designs using these compostable materials. GIY material will be sold onsite during the workshop at WantedDesign NYC Brooklyn.

Danielle Trofe​ will join Ecovative to show how she incorporates Mushroom® Materials into her design process to grow sustainable lamps and planters. Select products from her Mush­Lume and Mush­Bloom collections will be on display.

The workshop will provide 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. All ages welcome.

The workshop will take place on Sunday, May 10th from 12pm­-2pm at 220 36th Street in Industry City, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.