About Platform

Partnerships of innovators intersecting work in bio-materials and tech, aiming to design a future of collaboration between species. They are currently launching space in Barcelona for bio-based research and design.

Jessica Dias

Co-creator of the international collective BioBabes, a feminist group of creators, designers, and researchers redesigning relationships with our environment through wearables that incorporate living organisms and biosynthetic processes.

www.biobabes.co.uk

biocentricdesigngroup@gmail.com

Catherine Euale

Textile artist (and activist) focused on natural material exploration, sparking dialogues between humans and non-human organisms, and advocating for planet-centric design.

MYCO-MATERIALS

The shift from anthropocentric to planet-centric design occurs when we work with living organisms and systems and approach them not as resources but as our co-creators. 

Mycelium illustrates collaboration between species, sustains an underground symbiotic system continuously nourished and reconfigured through its beautiful hyphal network.

The mycelium is the root-shaped vegetative part of fungi; it is formed by a network of filamentous hyphae that branch and connect with other hyphae in search of nutrients and moisture from their environment. The mycelium is responsible for breaking down organisms and returning their nutrients, transporting them to other forms of life.

By working with mycelium, we provide a healthy habitat and enough nutrients to induce its natural bonding process. We use organic waste and different techniques to produce various materials, depending on the protocols, species, and nutrients used during the growth process.

Myco-materials have unique properties like:

Sound and heat insulation, high resistance to moisture and steam, resistance to mold, fire retardant (can hold up to 800 ° C), biodegradable (100% compostable depending on substrate), stronger than concrete pound for pound, non-toxic, scalable for urban fabrication, versatile (creates a variety of materials such as foam, bricks, textiles).

 

The future of design is inclusive, interdisciplinary, and interspecies. Nature does not waste. We see an excellent opportunity to rethink our materials, manufacturing processes, and products to create a biocentric future.