Pendants by Tŷ Syml seen at FREA, Berlin - Mycelium pendants
Pendants by Tŷ Syml seen at FREA, Berlin - Mycelium pendants

Mycelium pendants

Description: Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of masses of branching hyphae. These fibres easily bind to other materials, especially those which are organic. Tŷ Syml has developed a number of processes that allow the mycelium to be combined with a variety of different substrates. As part of our business model, we have identified by-products from various industries such as wood chips, sawdust and brewers’ spent grain (BSG). By introducing mycelium we are able to transform these substrates into innovative materials within a period of 5 to 10 days. During this time period, the two elements (mycelium and substrate) fuse together to form a new material. The result of this process of combining mycelium with a substrate is the production of new materials that are surprisingly strong and lightweight. They are also 100% natural, can be recycled and are fully compostable.
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Meet the Creator

Syml is an award-winning experimental design studio based in Cardiff, South Wales founded by Adam Davies, Adam Humphrey and Daniel Davies. We are currently focusing on the use of mycelium (mushroom) composites as a material to create a range of products such as lampshades and acoustic wall panels. With a focus on sustainability, the materials we develop are designed to have a negligible impact on society and the environment.

One of the reasons that Tŷ Syml is based in Wales is our aspiration to have a positive influence on the Welsh economy. We aim to provide quality employment and training opportunities for local residents but also to attract highly skilled individuals to the area by providing diverse job roles. A longer-term aim would also be involved with local schools and universities. We would hope to provide training opportunities and also support the teaching of the importance of sustainability. As a company one of our main priorities is to put Wales on the map as a country with a reputation for innovation and sustainable design. Tŷ Syml places value on the use of traditional skills that can be used to create modern and sustainable products using locally sourced materials.

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