Full Grown is headed by designer Gavin Munro – here is the story behind the inspiration for him:
2006 – Research starts on two small plots of land in the Peak District, UK.
2008 – Rent 2.5 acres of field and plant 3,000 trees in case ‘it works’ later.
2012 – First generation of chairs, lamps and experiments begin.
2013 – Second generation of chairs and experiments started.
Full Grown registered as a limited company. By the end of the year the company comprises of Gavin, and 2 part time staff.
2014 – First lampshade harvested and word gets out locally bringing in pre-orders.
Came 2nd in the UK Climate KIC Incubator and one of the course leaders, Richard Davis MBE, continues to be Full Grown’s mentor.
Gavin delivers TEDx talk in Derby, during which he unveils the first prototype chair, which is now part of the permanent collection in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
2015 – Third generation chairs begin. First batch harvest of 30 lamps.
The global media avalanche begins with a paragraph in The Times nature corner, to be quickly followed by The Guardian, Vice, Design Week, Architectural Digest, International Business Times, MIT Technology Review and 100s of other articles. Combined with appearances on BBC News, ZDF GermanTV and Countryfile,this leads to Full Grown reachingTens of Millions worldwide,an invitation to lecture at Kew Gardens, and an offer to collaborate with designer Martin Baas.
- 2016 – First completed lamp delivered by hand to Zurich.Exhibitions begin: Little Morton Hall in Cheshire; National Centre for Craft & Design in Lincolnshire; Ars Electronica in Berlin; Museum Boijmans & Tutti Cortex, both in Rotterdam. The Nat. Museum of Scotland purchases the prototype chair for their permanent collection. Due to increasing volume, we learn not to say yes to every media request, although highlights include CNN’s Great Big Story,The Daily Telegraph, French National TV News, Country Life magazine, and The Daily Record, who call us one of ‘the best treasures in the new galleries at the Museum of Scotland’
- 2017 – Three more Prototype Chairs sold to the Rotterdam Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Manchester Metropolitan University, and a private collector in North America. First batch despatched to New York, Connecticut, Paris, Germany, UK, and Norway. Kickstarter campaign, with 200 backers, raises 260% of original target. Begin collaboration with artist Wolfgang Buttress (The Hive at Kew Gardens).Received the honour of giving Keynote speeches to the European Academy of Design in Rome and at Cologne’s Interzum Furniture Fair, followed by hosting a visit from the International Dendrology Society the very next day. Exhibition at Messums in Wiltshire. Delivered a talk at Thomas Heatherwick Studios, in London, were nominated for the San Miguel Rich List, and featured in the Book ‘Change Makers’ from the Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam.2018 – Exhibition of the freshly harvested Gatti Chair at Messums Wiltshire.
2019 – Proud to be part of the Live Green, Live Better exhibit in the UK pavilion at the Beijing Horticultural Expo
Exhibition at Secretcape, in conjunction with Sahrai for Autumn on Brook Street. Launch of the Gatti Chair & the exhibition of 1 & a half freshly harvested chairs.
Exhibition at London Design Fair, with Blue Patch Collective