Founded by Adam Davies, Adam Humphrey and Daniel Davies, Tŷ Syml is an award-winning experimental design studio based in Cardiff, South Wales. They are currently focusing on the use of mycelium (mushroom) composites as a material to create a range of products such as lampshades, homeware products and acoustic wall panels.
Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass branching and thread like structure called Hyphae. These fibres easily bind to other materials, especially those which are organic. As part of their business model they have identified waste by-products from various industries such as hemp, paper, BSG (Brewers spent grain) and flax.
They use a non-linear and experimental approach to explore materials and processes, with the intention of avoiding any design practices that have a negative influence on the environment. By introducing mycelium, they are able to transform these waste 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.
For more information please visit www.tysyml.co.uk