Known simply and appropriately as Full Grown, this furniture company creates stunning wooden furniture, not by chopping down trees for timber, but by carefully growing the trees into the shape of chairs, light fixtures and more. Derbyshire-based furniture designer and Full Grown co-founder, Gavin Munro tends to his furniture farm as one would a topiary garden, closely monitoring every inch of growth to ensure that the trees assume the correct shape. Each piece of Grown Furniture takes anywhere from 4-8 years to grow to completion.
The idea behind this nature-made furniture stems from various antiquated techniques of growing plant-life into furniture, such as the Egyptians and the Greeks who had developed methods of growing small stools, or the Chinese who would dig holes in which they placed a chair-shaped arrangement of rocks that would become fastened together over time by tree roots. More importantly, it is “a rethink of the way we use trees.”
Regarding the growing process, Munro said:
“In essence it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows into one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source materials. After it’s grown into the shape we want, we continue to care for and nurture the tree, while it thickens and matures, before harvesting it in the winter and then letting it season and dry. It’s then a matter of planing and finishing to show off the wood and grain inside.”
The first Full Grown willow chair prototype has already been housed within the National Museum of Scotland‘s collection, and the Full Grown team has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of enhancing their rate of production with more farms as the time of their first harvest draws near. (h/t: colossal)
Below, you can see some of the furniture they have harvested so far, as well as some photographs of the actual growing fields. For more information behind their story and their process, or to get your name on the waiting list for a Full Grown furniture piece, visit:
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