Using ancient techniques combined with modern technology we grow, graft, nurture then harvest living trees into Chairs, Tables, Sculpture – anything you can imagine.
Each piece is unique, epitomising elegant cooperation between nature and craftsmen that could last for hundreds of years.
A Statement, an Heirloom and a Legacy.
We are developing an elegant, simple art form that emits oxygen, absorbs CO2 and whose byproducts sustain the birds, the bees and other wildlife.
Each piece is an expression of patience and collaboration with nature – a kind of Zen 3D printing.
Our proposition starts with pleasing, unique and eminently touchable products with a similar appeal to those vintage wines and whiskies that are crafted by hand over years of growth and ends with the potential for change in the way we think about the objects with which we surround ourselves.
“The lampshades arrived superbly packaged, and the quality of the components made them very easy to install.” – Jim Lound, UK
Our first row of Willow Chairs
Here in the Furniture Orchard there are Limited Editions of Chairs, Tables, Lamps and Sculptures growing into shape and maturing. We have orders taken in 10 countries over 4 continents, with a waiting list up to 2025 for chairs.
“Full Grown is creating unique and individual heirlooms and systematically sowing the seeds for future generations to enjoy.” – Sally Mosley, Derbyshire Life
Gavin with the very first lamp
Full Grown is headed by Designer and Artist Gavin Munro. Inspired by the beauty of nature, geometry and the desire to work with wood, he has spent the last 10 years studying and developing the techniques and craft of Tree Shaping and Botanical Craftsmanship.
“It will be a wonderful tool for student engagement” – Stephanie Boydell, Curator, MMU Special Collections, on the addition of a Grown Chair model to their collection
A Willow Armchair Model, now in the permanent collection at the National Museum of Scotland
Photo credit National Museum of Scotland
“This is awesome, thanks so much!! – Alex Manning, UK
“I LOVE my chair!!” – Marnie Holoubek, USA
“How exciting anticipating my pendant, I love the idea.” – Elizabeth Harcourt, UK
“I have the greatest pleasure to admire the lamp which was delivered a couple of days ago. It’s a piece of art! I’m delighted and I wanted to thank you all for this thing of beauty which will be a joy forever!” – Edwina Fleming, Paris, France
“…movingly elegant and beautiful…” – Griselda Kerr, UK
Animation by Melanie Wigger
We patiently and carefully graft shoots together. bending them into the shapes required, and eliminating the need for most of the machinery and processes expected in traditional furniture making
Creative symbiosis is the ultimate goal.
Each tree is well nurtured and tended.
All we ask of the tree is that it grows along certain pathways.
Even when we cut the tree down, new branches grow back more vigorously.
This means a constant rotation of harvests similar to a vineyard.
“…a new mode of mass production, a forest that grows chairs, it could provide durable, beautiful objects to serve basic human needs.” – Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura
Furniture has been a part of civilised life for thousands of years, as is the way we make it.
Whilst often effective in some ways, this process is highly wasteful, considerably damaging to our environment, and, when the complete process is taken into account, very slow – it takes at least 50 years before you have a tree that is worth cutting down.
We decided that in a time of change, when our future objects may be printed, by growing the trees directly into shape we can make objects that are more personal, elegant and durable.