Live Lecture: Fungi for Material Futures

Ended - Monday 16 November 2020

Dr Ninela Ivanova is an interdisciplinary designer, researcher and facilitator, who specializes in translating abstract concepts into practical applications for design, enterprise and education, as well as working collaboratively across science, design, public, academic and industry sectors. Ninela trained in Fashion where she developed a love for materials, sensory experience and craftsmanship, and she holds a PhD in Design Research from Kingston University London. At present, Ninela is an Innovation Fellow at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at London’s Royal College of Art, where she heads the Inclusive Design for Business Impact area.


Date: 16 November 2020
Time: 7 - 8:30 PM


Over Zoom


AED 50.00 (+VAT)

Please note that fees are non-refundable.

Explore how Ninela’s personal passion for craft, materials, nature and sensory experience led her to explore the potential use of fungi within fashion and furniture design. Be part of the Q&A at the end of the lecture.

Interdisciplinary designer and innovator, Dr Ninela Ivanova’s investigation into novel bio-based materials began in 2010 during her MA Fashion at Kingston School of Art, where she was able to translate her fascination with the Fungi Kingdom into designs and textures, as well as experimenting with the idea of ‘living’ garments. Through multiple collaborations and meeting like-minded artists, designers and scientists, she was able to realise her vision for novel mycelium-based materials, designs and products. The first line of mycelium + Timber products – a collaboration with furniture design studio Sebastian Cox Ltd. – was showcased during London Design Festival 2017, and was recently featured in ‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’ at Somerset House, London.

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