The idea isn’t exactly new but Gavin Munro, and his company Full Grown, are definitely attracting attention in the industry of furniture making. In his furniture, beauty, function and actual preservation of Mother Nature’s well-being all exist!
We think it is clearly Munro’s calling. The idea of shaping trees to make furniture has gradually sprouted in his mind over the years since he was a child. And he acquired the patience needed after he, himself, has gone through several operations and worn a frame to straighten his spine. In his site he shared, “… It was only after doing this project for a few years a friend pointed out that I must know exactly what it’s like to be shaped and grafted on a similar time scale.”
The goal of his business is not just to create unique pieces of art which are functional and ergonomic. He also aims to introduce this method of making furniture that completely keeps the hands off our forests.
Instead of growing trees and then chopping them down to leave clear and dry forests, the company moulds and grafts trees which is “more cooperative with the natural world” and efficient in many ways.
Full Grown’s method does not consume energy as much as ordinary tree farming does. Here, there are no chopping, milling and transporting of raw wood. They also consume way less water to grow their trees.
Even their headquarters are environment-friendly. The plastic moulds used are recycled, and they reuse it together with even the tiniest wires and strings as much as they can to avoid producing waste. They also use solar power in their caravan office.
The only thing this method really requires is an incredible amount of patience, though the whole process is virtually simple. Imagine, one chair needs four to eight years to grow! And as Munro said, with every 100 pieces grown, “there are 1,000 branches you need to care for, and 10,000 shoots you have to prune at the right time.” Crazy, isn’t it?!
But for really beautiful pieces like these and a more conscientious approach, we bet it’s definitely worth all that effort!
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Now we know a lot of you are already interested in getting one at this very moment. Unfortunately, they aren’t on the market yet and the first batch of chairs will only be available mid-2017! The mirrors and pendant lamps, on the other hand, are expected to be out by late 2016.
Still a long time to wait, but who’s keeping an eye out for their release??
Want to know more about it? You can head over to Full Grown’s site. :)