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Mycelium-Based Composites in Art, Architecture, and Interior Design: A Review

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Department of Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Design, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, 60-637 Poznań, Poland
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Institute of Interior Design and Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology, 60-965 Poznań, Poland
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Department of Chemical Wood Technology, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, 60-637 Poznań, Poland
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Academic Editor: Petar Antov
Polymers 2022, 14(1), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010145
Received: 7 December 2021 / Revised: 28 December 2021 / Accepted: 28 December 2021 / Published: 31 December 2021
Mycelium-based composites (MBCs) have attracted growing attention due to their role in the development of eco-design methods. We concurrently analysed scientific publications, patent documents, and results of our own feasibility studies to identify the current design issues and technologies used. A literature inquiry in scientific and patent databases (WoS, Scopus, The Lens, Google Patents) pointed to 92 scientific publications and 212 patent documents. As a part of our own technological experiments, we have created several prototype products used in architectural interior design. Following the synthesis, these sources of knowledge can be concluded: 1. MBCs are inexpensive in production, ecological, and offer a high artistic value. Their weaknesses are insufficient load capacity, unfavourable water affinity, and unknown reliability. 2. The scientific literature shows that the material parameters of MBCs can be adjusted to certain needs, but there are almost infinite combinations: properties of the input biomaterials, characteristics of the fungi species, and possible parameters during the growth and subsequent processing of the MBCs. 3. The patent documents show the need for development: an effective method to increase the density and the search for technologies to obtain a more homogeneous internal structure of the composite material. 4. Our own experiments with the production of various everyday objects indicate that some disadvantages of MBCs can be considered advantages. Such an unexpected advantage is the interesting surface texture resulting from the natural inhomogeneity of the internal structure of MBCs, which can be controlled to some extent. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomaterials; bio-composites; bio design; mycelium-based composites; biopolymers; interior design; architecture; wood; mycelium; fungi; patent documents biomaterials; bio-composites; bio design; mycelium-based composites; biopolymers; interior design; architecture; wood; mycelium; fungi; patent documents
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Sydor, M.; Bonenberg, A.; Doczekalska, B.; Cofta, G. Mycelium-Based Composites in Art, Architecture, and Interior Design: A Review. Polymers 2022, 14, 145. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010145

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Sydor M, Bonenberg A, Doczekalska B, Cofta G. Mycelium-Based Composites in Art, Architecture, and Interior Design: A Review. Polymers. 2022; 14(1):145. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010145

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Sydor, Maciej, Agata Bonenberg, Beata Doczekalska, and Grzegorz Cofta. 2022. "Mycelium-Based Composites in Art, Architecture, and Interior Design: A Review" Polymers 14, no. 1: 145. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14010145

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