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.

“We are very, very happy with your jewel!!!”    Briggitte Maurer, Zürich, Switzerland

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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 – 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.

 

What is growing?

What is growing?

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 2023 for chairs.

Pre-order an 2017 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

 

WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT US?

“Having visited Gavin Munro at the Full Grown field in May this year and seen the reality of growing furniture in various woods – lamps, tables, chairs (and a few things that have not quite determined what they want to be), it was thrilling to be shown on this glorious October day, the first ever harvest of a living chair from a single stem (willow in this case).  It is  a movingly elegant and beautiful object.  In its strong uprights and swirling curves it captures the energy of nature’s growth which man can never replicate.  At the same time it illustrates the empathy and understanding shown by the Full Grown team that has grown out of their ten years experience of responding to the ingenuity of trees’ responses to different treatments.
We are much looking forward to the visit to Full Grown by the International Dendrology Society in May next year.”
Griselda Kerr – International Dendrology Society

HOW DOES THIS IDEA WORK?

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

THE STAGES OF GROWTH FOR A 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, 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.

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

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