Need furniture? Grow some!
Gavin Munro of Derbyshire just did. The Dailymail, UK, tells us that he and his wife Alice have been growing chairs, lampshades on a field in Wirksworth, 15 miles north of Derby! The couple uses strong, fast-growing willow for their designs and they are expecting to harvest their first crop in 2016. Labelled as Full Grown, this one-of a-kind furniture brand, has already harvested chairs, a table and lampshades and is currently working on more complex designs including a bookshelf and a chest of drawers. The Guardian, UK reports that they will be ready for sale by 2017.
Munro is a keen environmentalist who uses the age-old technique of grafting and pruning to make joins in the original branches. He avoids nails, fixing and machinery. Alice explains, ‘’Just like a broken bone will be a lot stronger where it heals, the points where the wood is grafted are extremely strong.’ Munro also believes growing furniture is faster than typical mass production methods, where a tree is grown for more than 60 years before it is ready to be felled, cut up and re-assembled. Munro claims that Full Grown will take 4-8 years to produce a single chair.
Will the modern day consumer, who is used to instant delivery, wait for the next harvest? Only time will tell. But, we surely congratulate Gavin and Munro for taking a new step in creating a sustainable future for furniture.
Maximum Value. Achieved.