‘Fully Grown’ is molding trees into furniture

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Concerned about deforestation and the environment in general, British designer Gavin Munro sought out ways to make more sustainable furniture. But between demolition wood, recycling and so many other existing options, he developed an innovative and brilliant project: using recycled plastic molds to train trees to grow in the form of chairs, tables and lamps.

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With his Full Grown project, Munro has fields of tables and chairs in his backyard and expects to grow about 400 pieces by 2017. He found that a Willow takes three to four years to grow into a furniture piece, while the oak takes six to ten years.

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“In essence its an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows in to one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source materials.” Munro says in his website.

The result is not only a beautiful and unique piece of furniture, it’s also incredibly sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Source and images: Full Grown