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Maurizio Montalti

No. 2 Vase
From the series "Growing Lab"

Artist

Maurizio Montalti
Born in Cesena, Italy, in 1981

Title

No. 2 Vase
From the series "Growing Lab"

Date

2014-2015

Materials

Plant waste, mycelium

Dimensions

19.5 cm (h.), 19 cm (diam.)

Publisher

Produced by Officina Corpuscoli, Amsterdam

Credits

Purchase, Suzanne Caouette Bequest, inv. 2016.144

Collection

Decorative Arts and Design

Made with organic materials, the vase No. 2 is from Maurizio Montalti’s Growing Lab series. Montalti’s ongoing design research project seeks: “to transform our consumption-oriented economic system into an eco-friendly and self-sustaining society, capable of minimizing energy consumption, carbon emissions and the production of waste, while reducing production costs.” Using mycelium, the fast-growing, vegetative part of fungi, as a material to replace toxic synthetic compounds such as plastic in architectural and design applications offers an effective way to help protect the environment. Grown on natural, organic substrates and compostable, such materials can re-enter natural cycles and become nutrients for new life.

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