Functional Fungi

What if a mushroom designed your kitchen?

This is the question that architect Nick Sower answers in the third installment of his series, What If You Food Hired an Architect to Redesign Your Kitchen? In his series, Sower looks at whether redesigning our kitchens could allow us to have a closer relationship with our food.

He has found that the damp, cool environment that mushrooms love could be simulated in our own kitchens. Sower says that while mushrooms must grow on a vertical, slanted surface, which conflicts with the horizontal, sleek designs that dominate most kitchens, many kitchens have unused vertical cavities that are perfect for growing mushrooms. There are two main options for the growth of fungal matter: The first is the Shiitake Cabinet, which is a temperature and humidity controlled container that can be inserted into any cabinets or drawer. The second is the Oyster Pocket Wall, which is a pocket door that can be embedded into any wall.

Growing your own mushrooms does require much patience. But Sower believes that growing food in your own kitchen in not only rewarding but sure to inspire your cooking.


Source : GOOD

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