Mari Koppanen, a Finnish furniture designer, has launched a range of furniture that looks like it is covered in a suede-like material. However, the fluffy upholstery of the seat and bench is not animal skin, but a material called amadu, derived from the fruit of the broom fungus.
Transylvanian artisans have been working with amadu since the 1840s, and Mari spent weeks in a village in Korondi to learn about this traditional craft. The name of the created Fomes range refers to the name of the mushroom itself, fomes fomentarius. And the legs of the furniture are made from the same birch wood on which the horse’s hoof mushroom usually grows.