Redefining Luxury with Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture

“Sometimes you see a collection which makes you feel like there is hope for the world. Full Grown has that collection. Made with so much love and knowledge about nature. An asset to the world.” 

Nicole Uniquole – Curator Dutch Pavilion – Salone del Mobile, Milano

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.

  “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.

“The lampshades arrived superbly packaged, and the quality of the components made them very easy to install.” – Jim Lound, UK

 

What is growing?

What is growing?

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.

Pre-order here or get in touch and Commission a Piece

 

“Full Grown is creating unique and individual heirlooms and systematically sowing the seeds for future generations to enjoy.” – Sally Mosley, Derbyshire Life

Who are Full Grown?

Who are Full Grown?

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.

Read more about the story

 

“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

WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT US?

 

“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

HOW DOES THIS IDEA WORK?

 

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

 

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.

 

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

2016 – One of our Square Lamps in situ in a living room

A complete reconsideration of the way we make our objects.

“…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.

This Botanical Illustration of our Nelson Armchairs is one of a series of three limited editions, illustrated by artist Geoff Diego Litherland, and is available from our shop.

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.

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