Growing Furniture

Train and graft a tree for half a dozen years or so and you have strong, local, one piece (tree) furniture.

growing chairs

One piece wood chairs, no joints. Partially planed.
The first chairs are expected to be in galleries mid-2017.
by FullGrown, UK.

growing chairs

One piece tree chair.
The trees are harvested in winter and then allowed to dry before planing.
The farm is currently growing furniture in willow, ash, oak and sycamore.
FullGrown, Derbyshire, UK.

growing chairs

These chairs are grown upside down and the exposed cut trunk (up top) reveals the age of the chair. FullGrown, UK.

Growing chairs

Gavin Munro uses ancient techniques combined with modern technology to grow, graft, prune and nurture living trees into furniture. The trees are trained to grow over specially made forms, and at certain points they are grafted together so that the chair grows into one solid piece. FullGrown, UK.

growing furniture

Gavin pruning a tree table.
FullGrown, UK.

growing furniture

Amazing one piece tree table.
FullGrown, UK.

growing furniture

Tree table.
FullGrown, UK.

growing furniture

Tree Lamps.
FullGrown, UK.

tree pendant light

One of the first tree lights.

growing furniture

Tree lights growing around molds on the farm.
Some lamps and mirror frames will be ready spring of 2016.

growing chairs

Tree on form.
Good picture showing how back legs are being grafted.
The roots will be reused for subsequent chairs.
FullGrown, Derbyshire, UK.

Growing chairs

This is how Gavin first grew his chairs.
Starting with four willow plants, one as each leg.
He later changed it so that one stem as the source of the whole chair.

tree pendant light

Their first chair was made from Willow (Salix Viminalis).
See a video about Gavin’s work here: inspirationgreen.com/growing-chairs
FullGrown, UK.

living tree chair

Chair of pear wood from a production orchard.
Years of pruning created this shape.
For sale, Wolfheze, Netherlands. onthout.nl

growing furniture

Tree Stool grown
Dr Cattle gives lessons on stool growing.
Dr Christopher Cattle.

living tree chair

Tree Chair.
furnitureatadamsmith.blogspot.nl

growing willow chairs

Upside down willow chair.
Branches growing from a willow trunk formed into legs.
Trunk was cut and then legs bound and chair inverted.
By Dutch designer Floris Wubben.

growing willow chairs

Growing a living willow chair.
stoneartblog.blogspot.com

tree chairs

Chair Farm by Warner Aisslinger, Berlin.
Willow grown in a steel frame in an agricultural lab.
aisslinger.de

growing furniture

I would imagine the wooden seat will eventually crack.
Found on pinterest, no source.

growing furniture

Living tree chair
by Peter Cook and Becky Northey, Australia.
pooktre.com

growing furniture

Living tree table
by Peter Cook and Becky Northey, Australia.
More images on their website: pooktre.com

growing furniture

Living tree furniture
by Peter Cook and Becky Northey.
More images on their website: pooktre.com

Growing chairs

Tree bench by Richard Reames.
Bending stems, tying and grafting with all joints cemented by nature….
arborsmith.com

Growing chairs

“The Chair that Grew”
John Krubsack planted box elders in 1907 and harvested the living chair 11 years later in 1918. He grafted trunks together to create the back, seat, legs and arms. He originally planted 32 trees. The chair is still in perfect shape in a furniture store in Wisconsin. wikipedia.org

Some tree species that would be good choices for tree furniture:

Alder
Ash
Beech
Cherry
Guava
Maple
Sycamore
Willow

How to grow a chair from saplings: arborsmith.com

About Grafting: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafting

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Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

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