Eric Klarenbeek worked with scientists at the University of Wageningen to develop this chair, which is printed with living organisms.

The Mycelium Project - Print and Grow

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek 3D-prints with fungi, as seen at Maison & Objet, Tendances Hall 7, until 27 January.

January 2015
Studio Eric Klarenbeek is exploring ways of 3D-printing living organisms, such as mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi, in combination with local raw materials to create products with a negative carbon footprint. 'We are the first in the world to 3D-print living mycelium, using this infinite natural source of organisms as living glue for binding organic waste. Once it's full-grown and dried, it turns into a structural, stable and renewable material. Combined with 3D-printing it gives us tremendous design freedom', says Eric Klarenbeek.