BIODESIGN: The Future of Design & Manufacturing
Growing Lighting from Mushroom Mycelium
The Gallery at Industry City, Sunset Park
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.
August 4- August 30, 2016
M,Tu,Th, F: 9am – 5pm
The Gallery at Industry City, Sunset Park
274 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Opening Night Party: Thursday, August 4th, 6-8:30pm
Hands-On Demonstration: Thursday, August 18, 6-7pm
Closing Night Party: Wednesday, August 24th, 6-8:30pm
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 1 Hotels:
As a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, 1 Hotels cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture, together with extraordinary comfort and an unrivaled level of service. 1 Hotels, launched in 2015 with the opening of exclusive properties in Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s Central Park, followed by the upcoming Brooklyn launch in late 2016, developed with the simple idea that those that travel the world also care about it. 1 Hotels upholds this vision by channeling nature through design, culinary partnerships, connecting with the local community and taking small steps to make a big difference. Additional information can be found at www.1hotels.com
About Industry City
Industry City represents an extension of a long partnership between Jamestown and Belvedere that started in the late 1990’s with the acquisition of buildings that would become known as Silicon Alley: 620 Avenue of the Americas, 111 Eighth, Chelsea Market, Milk Studios and 85 Tenth. A joint commitment to amenitizing dynamic, adaptive, reuse projects, has created collaborative work environments at various properties that host the most innovative technology and media companies. Industry City provides the unique opportunity in 6 million feet to blend traditional manufacturing and innovation economy, prototyping, coding and publishing.
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 industrycity.com.