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 Debuting the New MushLume Cup Light Series

The MushLume lighting collection redefines what interior objects are made from and encourages a departure from conventional materials. By tapping into a unique material science such as mushroom mycelium, we can begin to reimagine a more sustainable future. All the lamps are GROWN, not manufactured, from mushrooms.  They’re organic, sustainable and biodegradable!
MushLume Cup Light Table Lamp


NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design will return Tuesday, May 3rd – Tuesday, May 17th. Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging design practices and increases awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.

Hosted in New York City, NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios. 2015, the third year of the celebration, featured over 500 events at 228 venues across the 5 Boroughs of New York City and included topics from graphic design to architecture, technology and urban design to fashion and product design, interiors to landscape, furniture to design thinking, and more.

MushLume Cup Light Series

New MushLume Cup Light Series

One Universal Shade, Three Different Fixtures

The MushLume lighting collection redefines what interior objects are made from and encourages a departure from conventional materials. By tapping into a unique material science such as mushroom mycelium, we can begin to reimagine a more sustainable future. All the lamps are GROWN, not manufactured, from mushrooms.  They’re organic, sustainable and biodegradable!




Mashable Video Feature

These sustainable lamps are literally grown from mushrooms


Danielle Trofe is a Brooklyn-based designer who recently launched a series of pendant and table lamps that are made from mushroom mycelium, a versatile and sustainable material. Trofe grows the lampshades inside custom 3D-printed molds and treats them with natural dyes.

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.