Furniture Now Grows On Trees, Literally!

We can all appreciate that furniture is somebody’s work of art. They sawed the timber, sanded the rough edges and hand painted the varnish. But do you ever think further back to the beginnings of your furniture? You will now! 

While wooden furniture obviously has its roots in the ground, there is a technique that allows furniture to literally spring from the trees.

Apparently, the idea of growing furniture ready to sit on isn’t a new concept.

The ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Greeks all had their own little tricks to make sure the roots of a tree would wrap around foreign objects to form the shape of a chair.

So, while it may not be a new idea, the guys at Full Grown are perfecting an old art form.

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One of the creative geniuses at Full Grown, Gavin Munro, explains what they do to create their products.

“In essence it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers.”

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“At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows into one solid piece…” says Gavin.

“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.”

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Their very first successfully grown chair is now on display at the National Museum of Scotland!

It is pretty stunning, right?

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They also use the same method to create tables and lamps, minus the bulb, of course!

Worth the 8 year wait while they grow? Hmm, probably!

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Check out the process in detail in their explanatory video.

SHARE with any interior savvy folk who may like a naturally grown piece of furniture.

A UK-based designer is training trees to grow into fully-formed pieces of furniture by guiding the branches around special moulds over a number of years. Matthew Stock reports.