Of course, we have seen and used furniture manufactured after cutting down trees. But, you’d be flabbergasted to know about a couple in the UK who is growing furniture on their two-acre field in England’s Wirksworth and is training trees to take shape of furniture.
Gavin and Alice Munro harvest trees which they train to grow into chairs, lamps, and tables. The couple has a furniture farm in Derbyshire where they are growing 250 chairs, 100 lamps, and 50 tables.
Gavin founded Full Grown in 2006, envisioning it as a solution to the inefficient and carbon-heavy process of cutting down mature trees to make furniture. Full Grown sells furniture articles such as chairs, tables, and lamps.
The growing trees are trained to take shapes of various furniture items and after several years they could be harvested when they are fully grown and strong. The strength of the company’s furniture comes partially from the grafts that knit the branches together.
The labor and time involved in the production of these organic furniture pieces make them slightly costly. Chairs sell for £10,000 ($12,480), lamps for £900-2,300 ($1,120-2,870) and tables for £2,500-12,500 ($3,120-15,600).
An average chair takes six to nine years to grow and another year to dry out. Although the production takes years, the result is absolutely delightful.
The innovative pieces of furniture are beautiful and eco-friendly.