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Inspired by nature, designed in Brooklyn, GROWN by you!
Inspired by nature, designed in Brooklyn, GROWN by you!
Inspired by nature, designed in Brooklyn, GROWN by you!
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GROW: A Lamp YOU Grow from Mushroom Mycelium

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A lamp you make, rather…  you GROW! 

The Grow-It-Yourself lamp combines the art of making with the power of nature in a truly fascinating and sustainable way. We provide the material, tools, and know-how to empower you, the newest maker, with the ability to grow a lampshade from mushroom mycelium. 

That’s right, mushroom mycelium, the roots of mushrooms!

It’s not just a lamp, it’s the future of design and YOU get to be a part of the experience in its earliest stages!

Featuring Ecovative’s mycelium technology, the GROW Lamp kit includes a bag of Mushroom® Material, a lampshade grow-form, step-by-step instructions, a UL-certified pendant light set, and an optional table stand.

Through this experiential process, you have been given the chance to become the biodesigner, connecting with the act of GROWING healthier, safer, and 100% earth-compatible products.

 

If growing a lamp from mycelium might not be your thing... we've got you covered with our already grown pendant and table lamps.

 

We have made growing your own lamp easy and accessible and with your pledge, we can take this biotechnology even further. 

You don't need a green thumb, a background in biology, or to even enjoy eating mushrooms. The GROW Lamp is for all experience levels!   

Filling lampshade grow form with rehydrated mushroom material
Filling lampshade grow form with rehydrated mushroom material

Oh, in case you were wondering - our Mushroom® Materials are guaranteed to grow!

Lampshade growing over 5 days
Lampshade growing over 5 days

 

Thanks to your support, your pledge will help us build step-by-step video tutorials that will go along with the new digital instructions - here are the current Grow-It-Yourself instructions

Ecovative started 10 years ago with the idea that there are better ways to manufacture products by utilizing the tools that nature has given us, instead of toxic chemicals. 

Ecovative Co-Founders Eben Bayer & Gavin McIntyre (Wired Magazine, February 2012 by Chris Raymond)
Ecovative Co-Founders Eben Bayer & Gavin McIntyre (Wired Magazine, February 2012 by Chris Raymond)

With our success as a packaging company, supplying packaging for companies like Dell and Gunlocke Furniture, we started receiving a ton of incredible and innovative ideas from enthusiastic fans and followers for ways that mycelium could change the world. In response, we developed a do-it-yourself version of our patented Mushroom® Material for designers, engineers, artists, and makers. 

Ecovative Mushroom® Packaging
Ecovative Mushroom® Packaging

Danielle Trofe was one of the first Grow-It-Yourself users and for four years, she has been working with Mushroom® Materials alongside Ecovators Eben Bayer and Jeff Betts - hosting workshops in and around NYC, providing feedback to students and designers that are engaging with mycelium, and thinking up how we could bring her designs from the studio to a larger audience.

Danielle in her studio in Industry City in Brooklyn
Danielle in her studio in Industry City in Brooklyn

The GROW Lamp is the result of years of collaboration between Danielle Trofe, the Ecovative Team, and the early adopters of GROW Mushroom® Materials. 

Eben and Danielle reviewing table stand design
Eben and Danielle reviewing table stand design

By working together, we have been able to bring this new material technology out of the factory, out of the studio, and into YOUR hands. We look forward to guiding you through every step of the process and hearing out your ideas and thoughts on new innovations using the magic of mycelium.  

 

So you're probably wondering.... what exactly is mycelium?

Think of mycelium - the filamentous root structure of a mushroom and the technology behind this project - as nature's glue. 

Mycelium Growing
Mycelium Growing

While a mushroom is in its early stages of growth, the mycelium is filling any space possible and binding together whatever it grabs onto.

Some cool facts about mycelium for the inevitable conversations that pop up when people ask about your new GROW Lamp….

  • Individual strands of mycelium are called hyphae 
  • Inside one cubic inch of your GROW Lamp is up to 8 miles of continuous hyphae that form a matrix of mycelium binding together agricultural material 
  • It acts as a powerful, biological clean up crew - check out mycoremediation 
  • A mycelium network in Oregon is thought to be the largest living organism ever found! 
  • Plants and trees use mycelium to communicate as a sort of biological internet (think Avatar). 
  • Beer, wine, cheese, even medications, are made with fungi - learn more about fungi 

 

  

 

Make it a hanging pendant or add the tool-free-assembly table stand made from sustainably sourced wood in Upstate NY to create a table lamp.

GROW Table Lamp in dark walnut
GROW Table Lamp in dark walnut

 

GROW Hanging Pendants
GROW Hanging Pendants

 

Table lamp in light ash and dark walnut
Table lamp in light ash and dark walnut

 

  

Stringing pendant light set through shade
Stringing pendant light set through shade

  

Table Lamp Base Assembly
Table Lamp Base Assembly

 

  

Available in light ash or dark walnut
Available in light ash or dark walnut

We're proud to partner with a local, sustainable wood mill to create our table lamp stands! Located in Upstate New York, Megan Offner and New York Heartwoods salvage aging trees and give them new life and purpose. 

 

Megan Offner & Marcus Soto of New York Heartwoods
Megan Offner & Marcus Soto of New York Heartwoods

 

 

 

Danielle Trofe // Designer of the GROW Lamp

Danielle Trofe - pronounced “Trophy” (like you win!) - was the FIRST user of GROW mushroom materials, bringing her love for design, sustainability, and just looking at things with a different perspective together to create the first mushroom lighting collection. She is a Brooklyn resident, bicycle commuter and biomimicry specialist. Danielle’s favorite mushrooms are Oyster.

Eben Bayer // Co-Founder of Ecovative 

Eben has spent a decade pioneering a new type of material science - one where nature and biology are used in place of synthetic chemicals as the co-founder of Ecovative. He built his off-grid, timber frame, micro-hydro powered home for his family in Upstate NY by hand (seriously!). His favorite mushroom is Ganoderma. 

Jeff Betts // Head of all things GROW related at Ecovative

Jeff is an architecture grad with a fascination for materials in design, particularly this new field of biology in art & design. He is working towards building a community of GROW mushroom materials users and connecting mycelium tech to a broader audience. Jeff is not a fan of eating mushrooms. 

Ken Lush // Master Fabricator & Designer at Ecovative

Between his days of designing mushroom products, you can find Ken kayaking, woodworking, and sailing back home in and around coastal Rhode Island. Ken is a fellow architecture grad and works closely with GROW users, providing them with the grow tips and trade secrets of mushroom product production. His favorite mushrooms are Golden Oyster.

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Danielle Trofe Design 

 

 

 

 

                                             

A very big thank you to our video production team:

Kendall Tichner, Director

Alex Barreto, Videographer/Editor

 

Grow-It-Yourself Mushroom® Materials are made with patented Ecovative technology and come with a user agreement. 

Read the full user agreement here.   

 

 

Risks and challenges

Shipping & Fulfillment //
Ecovative has developed a robust method for growing Mycelium, the technology behind the GROW Lamp, and we are no strangers to fulfilling orders and are prepared to move quickly and meet the delivery dates.

We are confident that the GROW Lamp will ship as scheduled. If any of the manufacturing or biomanufacturing takes longer than we anticipate, we will be transparent and update you in real-time.

Zombie Mushrooms taking over the world //
… just kidding, there are no spores in our process, and we stay away from Cordyceps mushrooms :)

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    In return for supporting our campaign, you will also receive two cards from us - a personal thank you note, plus a greeting card with Mushroom artwork printed with Algae Ink by the team at LivingInk for you to share - A true biomaterial collaboration born from Kickstarter!

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    Grow-It-Yourself Mushroom® Material

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    EARLY BIRD GROW Pendant

    A Grow-It-Yourself pendant lamp kit includes a bag of mushroom mycelium substrate, a lampshade form, growing instructions, and a UL-certified pendant light set.

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    A Grow-It-Yourself table lamp kit includes a bag of mushroom mycelium substrate, a lampshade form, growing instructions, a UL-certified pendant light set and a wood table stand in your choice of light ash or dark walnut.

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    GROW Grow-It-Yourself Lamp Set

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    Bundle of 5 GROW Pendants

    Create a cluster of hanging pendants with 5 already grown pendant lamps made from mushroom mycelium. Includes grown lampshades, UL-certified pendant light sets and LED lightbulbs.

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    Danielle Trofe Design Private Workshop

    You and up to 3 friends can join Danielle Trofe at her studio in Brooklyn, NY for a private Grow-It-Yourself workshop! Lunch and an exclusive tour of Industry City (yes, the same Industry City the Avocaderia is located at!) will be provided. (Travel expenses not included)

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    Ecovative Tour + Private Workshop

    You and up to 3 friends can take a private tour of Ecovative’s grow facility in Green Island, NY, complete with custom Grow-It-Yourself pendant workshop! Afterwards, we will take you out in Troy "the new brooklyn" of upstate NY (Travel expenses not included)

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