Introduction to fungi

After having integrated living organisms in my designs  for more than two years, I saw the need to create tools, that enable people to actually reproduce my proposals. I thereby want to take these projects one step further, from being mere concepts to making them realistic applications.

During a residency at Kitchen Budapest I created an educational platform, providing the necessary information to understand and reproduce my design projects. This platform is about making a shift of mind, leading to a greater awareness towards fungi-related approaches.

Daniel Parnitzke with Labcoat

Fungi have properties that can tackle issues in various fields. For example, they can be used as means for environmental remediation, as sustainable material alternatives or waste decomposers.

This platform aims to enable non-professionals, to start working with fungi. I address designers, artists, architects, engineers, farmers, biologists and non-professionals with an interest in mycology, sustainable material alternatives, waste recycling or restoring contaminated environments.

In order to reach a broader public I did a series of workshops, teaching participants how to grow mushrooms, either as food source or as a sustainable material from waste. I especially highlight the properties of fungi-based materials and fungi’s remediative potential.
The workshops peaked in discussions about real applications in contaminated environments, material applications in jewelry design and architecture, or about setting up a mushroom farm.

I produced various material experiments and created physical samples and prototypes. I created a zine, containing a detailed step-by-step guide to mushroom cultivation. All content is based on publications, professional research and personal experience from my past years of working with fungi.

Fotos by Barnabás Neogrády-Kiss

Download the zine here. It provides step-by-step instructions, as well as an overall introduction to the organism, including more information and further readings.

During the workshops participants were preparing personal samples to grow at home. The process of these samples growing is being collected here.

Watch the full workshop on the right.

I’m a designer from Germany, currently researching material alternatives from fungi. My work is about raising awareness for uncommon approaches. I am interested in creating sustainable alternatives, using existing natural processes. I like to think about how we perceive and how we are affected by perception.
You can find my design portfolio