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 Industrial project and a tangible proof of Circular Economy.

In MOGU, what used to be regarded as “waste” becomes the input for the generation of innovative processes and valuable, ecologically-responsible resources.

MOGU is a technology that employs the “root structure” of mushrooms – the mycelium – to transform and bind agricultural by-products into strong functional composites, fully natural, 100% compostable and suitable for many diverse applications and markets, including among others construction, automotive, packaging, nursery and horticulture markets.

MOGU materials include mycelium-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 textile.

MOGU is therefore different materials, with diverse characteristic, starting from customers’ needs.

MOGU palette of products includes light, low density, strong and resistant, shock-absorbing, performative materials.

MOGU is a technology platform and a company co-founded by Maurizio Montalti and partners,  researching 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 plastics.

At the end of their life cycle, MOGU materials and products can be returned to the soil, turning into nutrients for the growth of new life.


More information about MOGU can be found on the company’s website: