Artificial Nature: Possibilities for Mycelial Composite Material Design

Abstract

Although the trend of interdisciplinary and non-disciplinary boundaries is becoming increasingly vigorous, due to the lack of knowledge related to biomaterials, in the process of using them for design practice, designers have developed a knowledge gap between design and material disciplines. Thus, they cannot integrate biological materials into product innovation to form artificial natural objects that are more ecological and life-like. This paper experimentally explores the way mycelium composites are used in product design in an attempt to incorporate the unique growth and rich sensory experience of mycelium materials into the design process. A design method oriented to biomaterial innovation is proposed, and a prosthetic protective cover is designed using this method. By developing agricultural waste into biological mycelium materials, products are re-endowed with a time-sense compound experience and a rich sensory experience, thereby creating artificial natural objects with the ability to repair nature.

Presenters

Haorui Tian
Student, Postgraduate, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangdong, China

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Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Theme

2023 Special Focus—New Agendas for Design: Principles of Scale, Practices of Inclusion

KEYWORDS

MYCELIAL MATERIALS, MATERIAL EXPERIENCE, BIOMATERIAL DESIGN, ARTIFICIAL NATURE

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