Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture

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.

How does it work?

How does it work?

Simple really –

1- Plant trees and water well

2 – Train the tree shoots and graft them into shape

3 – When mature, harvest, season and smooth.

See the first results

What is growing?

What is growing?

Here in the Furniture Field there are Limited Editions of Chairs, Tables, Lamps and Mirrors growing into shape and maturing. This year will be the start of growing sculptures, as well as a few select commissions.

Pre-order an Early Edition or get in touch and Commission a Piece

 

Who are Full Grown?

Who are Full Grown?

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.

Read more about the story

 

Time, Nature and Patience

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.

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.

Prune & graft as the tree grows…

…then harvest and season until dry.

Our first Prototype – 5 years’ growth.

The Hexagon - The First Pendant Lamp

Summer 2014 – The Lamp has grown around its frame for two years and is now maturing.

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.

 

Late Autumn 2014 – The first Prototype Pendant Lamps are harvested!

Spring 2015 – The first complete Lamp – 3 years old.

A complete reconsideration of the way we make our objects.

Furniture has been a part of civilised life for thousands of years. Whilst the production process has undergone several significant changes over the millennia, these have largely been processes of refinement, mechanisation and modernisation.

Whilst 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.

We decided than in a time of change, when our future objects will be printed, by growing the trees directly into shape we can make objects that are more personal, elegant and durable.

What's coming next?

It’s a very exciting growing season coming up this year – the first pieces will be ready to harvest, sign up for our newsletter and follow the story as the season progresses. We’ll be introducing new pieces and designs as well as showing more details of life in the first woodland workshop and of Gavin’s talk at Kew Gardens this Autumn…

In the meantime here’s last year’s TEDx talk…

The early 8 year old Table harvested January 2015 – see it being worked on over the Summer.

Still growing is the first Ash Chair planted in 2007 – This will be ready for harvest after the leaves drop at the end of the year.

Meet some of the great people who’ve made this possible over the last ten years of hard work…

So, how does it work one more time?

Plant trees and water well.

Train and graft chosen shoots around the frame.

Once the chair has formed, leave to thicken for a few years.

HARVEST! Season well, plane and polish to your chosen finish.

Diary

The Wiltshire Chair, in its various stages of finishing

The Wiltshire Chair – Triptych

The Wiltshire Chair, in its various stages… This chair was grown in Gavin's mother-in-law's garden, and made from four Ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus) grafted...read more

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