Laboratory in development (since 2019), With the support of Pro Helvetia Design Promotion
Locations: Pointe Sarenne, Nianning Region, Senegal
and Dakar, Senegal
Noemi Niederhauser: Designer / project manager
Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup: Art director / project manager
Dr. Lat Souk Tounkara: Director of the Biotechnology Department,
Institute of Food Technology (ITA): Technical advisor / mycologist
Takku Ligueye — Cooperative of women in Pointe Sarenne, Senegal:
Technical collaborators / mushroom farmers
Much Rooom is the elaboration of a biomaterial made of mycelium. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, or fungus like bacterial colony.
The biomaterial aims to be moulded into specific shapes and used for product packaging and design elements.
Much Rooom emerges through a South — North collaboration at the crossroads of Senegal and Switzerland. It is implemented in a specific location and aspires to foster women empowerment and environmental resilience within the local context it is taking shape.
Much Rooom ambitions to develop a design process that carefully negotiates the economical, environmental and social impact it generates on the long term. It seeks to establish a working method where various existing knowledge are teaming up to foster alternative perspectives.
Much Rooom seeks to develop design connected to the people, for the people and by the people — bringing it back to where it belongs and where it can be useful, hoping to enhance daily life.