Industry of Natural Processes
By relying on the research and prototyping activities developed along the years
at Officina Corpuscoli and conscious about the designer’s responsibility and the fundamental impact that mycelium-based materials and products could originate in society and in the ecosystem at large, the studio decided to embark in a major challenge and to start and industrial venture, aiming to standardise and scale up the mycelium technology and a consequent range of naturally grown products. That’s why at the beginning of 2015, Maurizio Montalti – together with partners – founded MOGU.
MOGU is an innovation-driven, design company, developing technologies and materials, for the creation, production and commercialisation of truly responsible PRODUCTS. Accordingly, MOGU is an Industrial project and a tangible proof of Circular Economy.
In MOGU, what used to be regarded as “waste” becomes valuable input for the generation of innovative processes and ecologically-responsible resources and products.
MOGU employs the “root structure” of mushrooms – the mycelium – to transform and bind agricultural by-products into functional innovative materials, which are fully natural, 100% compostable and suitable for many diverse applications and markets, including among others interior architecture, construction, automotive, fashion, furniture…and beyond…
MOGU’s offering includes mycelium-based composites as well as pure mycelium materials, the latter exclusively consisting of inert fungal tissue for applications mostly (but not only…) relating to the fields of fashion and furniture.
MOGU is therefore different materials, with diverse characteristic, starting from customers’ needs.
MOGU palette includes light, low density, strong and resistant, shock-absorbing, performative materials, as incorporated in MOGU products and in the related market-ready collections.
MOGU was co-founded by Maurizio Montalti and partners, driven by the ambition of researching and identifying the best industrial technologies for the production of bio-materials , while developing and commercialising a wide variety of natural products deriving from the growth of selected fungal mycelia on solid and liquid agro-industrial residues (cellulosic substrates), for the creation of alternatives to traditional synthetic matters, such as petroleum-based polymers.
At the end of their lifecycle, MOGU’s regenerative materials and products can be upcycled or turned into nutrients for the growth of new life.
More information about MOGU can be found on the company’s website: