Of course you are familiar with the basic process of making traditional wooden furniture: grow tree, cut down tree, use wood to build furniture. The problem with this method, according to furniture designer Gavin Munro, is that there is too much energy spent on the process, meaning it is not at all eco-friendly.
And herein lies the inspiration for the British designer’s Full Grown furniture company, whose process utilizes “specially designed plastic frames to mold young willow, oak, ash and sycamore trees into the shape of chairs, tables, frames, or lamps as they’re growing. Once they’ve matured, each tree has morphed into a fully functional furniture item made from a single piece of wood, no sawing or assembling necessary.”
This is all an attempt to get people to “rethink our relationship with trees and time,” and the creator likened the process to “a kind of organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source material.”
We love the idea behind the furniture, and we think it would be a beautiful addition to any home. See what you think of the results in the pictures below, and find out more on Full Grown’s website.
Source: Fast Company