The process of growing furniture begins with a young willow seedling. The tree is planted at Full Grown in the UK, guiding shoot growth using recycled plastic molds. Gavin Munro, British designer and author of this project, compares the process to 3D printing. Only in the case of grown furniture, the source materials are soil, sun and air..
It takes 4 to 8 years to grow one chair, the company says. However, it takes about 50 years to grow a tree suitable for traditional furniture making! Moreover, one natural wood cabinet takes two or three adult trees. Therefore, Full Grown calls its project aimed at preserving trees, combating deforestation.
After the tree has formed into furniture and grown, the chair or table is sawed off and allowed to stand in a dry place for a while. Then there are the usual grinding, trimming, polishing, varnishing, that is, giving the piece of furniture a final, well-groomed look.
As a result, we get this kind of furniture that cannot be called familiar in any way. At the same time, it is functional and precisely environmentally friendly.