More and more of us have begun to integrate sustainability into our day-to-day lives, and this change in momentum is spearheaded by the fact that many designers are coming up with sustainable alternatives to almost everything – so we have more eco-friendly options to pick from, allowing us to lead greener lives. Every product that is necessary and utilized by us in our everyday routine has an eco-friendly alternative to it. Replacing our usual mass-produced designs with these greener options will make a huge difference to the environment and Mother Earth. But did you ever think of wall partitions going sustainable? Well, the Interesting Times Gang and OBOS did when they created the Veggro collection – a collection of sustainable partitions.
Design studio Interesting Times Gang and cooperative homebuilder OBOS teamed up to create the Veggro collection, an interesting range of partitions made from mycelium and orange peel. Mycelium has grown in popularity as the material of choice for many designers. It is the vegetative part of mushrooms, or more specifically the thread-like main body of a fungus–of certain mushroom-producing fungi on agricultural wastes, and it’s vegan as well! The Veggro collection is currently in the prototype stage but will be available in two designs – Loom and Jugoso.
Loom is crafted from mycelium, and has a unique mushroom-inspired pattern, while Jugoso is made from orange rinds that will be 3D-printed into a fascinating geometric pattern, depending upon the fruit’s vesicles. Interesting Times Gang describes Veggro as a “biophilic interior design wall-as-furniture concept”. These sustainable panels will also offer acoustic insulation, and function as a decorative element. They are mounted on an ash wood frame and can be easily removed or replaced if you’re ever in the mood to give your living room a makeover.
Interesting Times Gang and OBOS have partnered up to deep dive into and research biomaterials that could decrease carbon emissions from house building, and the Veggro collection is the first result of their collaboration. A prototype of the collection will be put up at OBOS’ s Living Lab in Oslo, and it is open to being viewed in person by stakeholders in the construction industry.