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.
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.
Time, Nature and Patience
We are developing an elegant, simple art form that emits oxygen by day, absorbs CO2 by night 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.
The Hexagon - The First Pendant Lamp
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 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 first tables are starting to take shape and with luck if the weather is good this Autumn we'll have a look at the early harvest first edition chairs started in 2012.
We'll also get the first chance to see how the other species we started in 2013 look when they reach their full shape. We have Ash, Sycamore, Hazel, Crab apple, Sessile Oak and Red Oak. If you're interested in these get in touch or sign up for our newsletter.
Also coming up is the prototype table. It's 8 years old and was harvested this January. It's currently seasoning right now but as soon as its dry we'll be planing and finishing a very exciting piece.
So, how does it work one more time?
Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture by Gavin Munro of Full Grown
- Why Build Furniture When you can Grow it? | Hackaday
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- Floor Lamps | Full Grown
- ▶ Full Grown Promo - YouTube
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- ▶ How we can grow furniture: Gavin Munro at TEDxDerby - YouTube
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- About | Full Grown
- BBC Website with short film | Full Grown
- The man who grows fields full of tables and chairs - BBC News