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We subtly shape the trees in our woodland into art, chairs, and furniture. A complete reconsideration of the way we use trees.
We subtly shape the trees in our woodland into art, chairs, and furniture. A complete reconsideration of the way we use trees.
257 backers pledged £26,679 to help bring this project to life.

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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Full Grown Furniture – the story so far...

We design and grow furniture, lighting and beautiful objects. 

  • It starts with a unique design for the piece of furniture - then we add the modular frame around which we grow and shape the tree 
  • Everything is grown as a single piece
  • We work with each tree, shaping, clipping and nurturing it into shape to encourage it to grow and strengthen in just the right way, at just the right time 
  • There are no traditional joints – we graft where necessary – and we don’t use glue 
  • We hand finish every piece in our Derbyshire workshop
  • Each piece is truly unique and will carry the Full Grown Brand with a Certificate of Provenance
Gavin adjusting a Spiral Square Lumsdale Lamp
Gavin adjusting a Spiral Square Lumsdale Lamp

Our ultimate aim is to continue developing a seriously viable, scalable and eco-friendly manufacturing system which challenges and adds to the traditional manufacturing process 

  • We do not strip forests of their trees and their eco-systems
  • We plant our own trees and by refining and developing the ancient skills and techniques used in coppicing and woodland management, we maintain and nurture our raw materials
  • The majority of the waste we create is turned into compost and fertiliser - the rest is recycled
  • We harvest products annually and re-use the root stock the following year to grow another piece
  • We have around 500 pieces in production with more to follow 
The grass really is greener in the Furniture Factory
The grass really is greener in the Furniture Factory

Our open-air factory is powered by the sun, rain, and wind. It is also a biologically diverse polyculture, and is carbon neutral.

  • Our factory floor is a four-acre field, planted with three thousand trees 
  • It is powered and sustained by the sun, the rain and the wind. It is open to the elements all year round
  • As we grow, we invest in renewable technology for our energy requirements.
  • We are carbon-neutral, and we may even off-set carbon - more research is needed but we're concentrating our energy on growing our products
  • We only use a small amount of fuel to power our cutter, mower, and wood chipper  
A row of Nelson Chairs, thickening after being shaped.
A row of Nelson Chairs, thickening after being shaped.

 

We want to create a ‘Grown Furniture Industry’ which is capable of transforming how we produce beautiful objects, reduces damage to the environment, encourages creation of new eco-systems, and inspires people and organisations to get involved around the world 

  • We know we can design, grow and produce high quality and functional furniture and accessories that will stand the test of time.
  • We hope other designers will see the potential too and want to get involved
  • From high-end, one-off designs to high volume utility items we believe that growing is more sustainable than traditional manufacturing – and ultimately more rewarding
  • We are constantly learning about wood growth and how and when to make the very necessary and important interventions to ensure the ultimate quality of our products
  • Who knows how many different types of trees there are in the world which can be planted, coppiced and used to grow beautiful furniture and everyday objects? We look forward to finding out...
One of our prototypes, available as an A1 print.
One of our prototypes, available as an A1 print.

We want people to relate to our project in the way they might relate to wine makers and whisky distillers. It will take several years for our crops to reach maturity but they will be worth the wait.

Gavin and an early Spiral Hexagon Pendant
Gavin and an early Spiral Hexagon Pendant

 

The 'Lumsdale' Hexagon Spiral Pendant Lamp - Started in Spring 2012 and grown for 4 years
The 'Lumsdale' Hexagon Spiral Pendant Lamp - Started in Spring 2012 and grown for 4 years

 

 We are at the start of a journey to develop the Full Grown brand and, most importantly, to stimulate the growth of a new industry which can meaningfully challenge the traditional, resource-hungry industries which devour the world's natural resources and leave scars on the planet. Will you help us to make our vision a reality?

Full Grown - The Story So Far - Our Coffee Table Book - Available as one of our rewards
Full Grown - The Story So Far - Our Coffee Table Book - Available as one of our rewards

 

Packed full of beautiful photography, this book tells the Full Grown story. A great addition to your coffee table!
Packed full of beautiful photography, this book tells the Full Grown story. A great addition to your coffee table!

 

Our un-dyed canvas tote bags are 100% ethically sourced, and printed with our Nelson Chair Evolution, as well as the Full Grown Logo
Our un-dyed canvas tote bags are 100% ethically sourced, and printed with our Nelson Chair Evolution, as well as the Full Grown Logo

 

Our t-shirts are 100% ethically sourced, and printed with the Full Grown logo on the chest, and our Nelson Chair Evolution on the reverse
Our t-shirts are 100% ethically sourced, and printed with the Full Grown logo on the chest, and our Nelson Chair Evolution on the reverse

 

The Nelson Chair Evolution printed on the base of the reverse - Available as one of our rewards
The Nelson Chair Evolution printed on the base of the reverse - Available as one of our rewards

 

An example of our Square Spiral "Lumsdale" Lamps
An example of our Square Spiral "Lumsdale" Lamps

 

The Floating Green Chair - Available as a A2 print
The Floating Green Chair - Available as a A2 print

 

Botanical Illustration of the 1st Edition Nelson Chair
Botanical Illustration of the 1st Edition Nelson Chair

 

Botanical Illustration of the 1st Edition Lumsdale Spiral Lamps
Botanical Illustration of the 1st Edition Lumsdale Spiral Lamps

 

Botanical Illustration of the 1st Edition Åsa Geometric Lamps
Botanical Illustration of the 1st Edition Åsa Geometric Lamps

 

The Scuttler Table Lamp
The Scuttler Table Lamp

 

Our Prototype Willow Armchair - This piece is a Kickstarter exclusive, and only one will be given as a pledge reward
Our Prototype Willow Armchair - This piece is a Kickstarter exclusive, and only one will be given as a pledge reward

 

Risks and challenges

The risks associated with this technique are very much the same as those encountered in other agricultural industries.
Nature can be unforgiving just as much as she can be kind, and we are open to pests and diseases like any other crop.

We are tackling this by ensuring our trees are the strongest and healthiest they can be, in order to overcome these challenges naturally. We are working with nature to create the best possible ecosystem, with wasps eating the aphids, offcuts providing mulch, birds eating caterpillars and working with Nature to provide the best defence against attack. Our prototypes have shown that the method works and we have refined our techniques and our knowledge in an incredibly significant manner. One year of working more extensively with Nature reduced pests and diseases by 70%!

Our main challenge now is simply maintaining cashflow, and getting ourselves to the point of a major harvest. Working with Nature is impossible to predict, and we hoped we would be at the point of harvest by now. Sadly, Nature doesn't always work to our arbitrary human timetable, which is why we're asking for your help to get us to the last months before harvest.

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    A big massive thank you!

    A PDF certificate emailed saying thank you from the Full Grown team for helping towards a positive change in our relationship with nature. Cheers!

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    3x Greetings Cards

    Three botanical illustration greetings cards printed with our Nelson Chair and the two lamp styles - blank for your own message.

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    Printed Tote Bag

    Canvas tote bag, printed with the Full Grown Logo and the Nelson Chair Evolution.

    As you'd expect from a company with our commitment to ethical & ecological sustainability, we source our t-shirts from Continental Clothing, whose t-shirts are certified 100% organic and use ethical employment and production methods under the EarthPositive® trademark.

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    Printed T-Shirts - Short Sleeved

    Cotton T-shirts, printed with the Full Grown Logo and the Nelson Chair Evolution. Available in Brown or Light Grey.

    As you'd expect from a company with our commitment to ethical & ecological sustainability, we source our t-shirts from Continental Clothing, whose t-shirts are certified 100% organic and use ethical employment and production methods under the EarthPositive® trademark.

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    Book - The Full Grown Story

    A compilation of beautiful images, detailing the Full Grown story so far.
    Understand the processes and design influences that brought Gavin and the Full Grown team to the forefront of this exciting discipline.
    Perfect to show your friends and to understand more of what we and our Full Grown methodologies can do.

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    A2 Floating Grown Chair Photograph

    An A2 Digital print on Satin of an early Willow dining chair, taken immediately after harvest by the very talented photographer, Gavin Repton

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    A3 Botanical Print - Spiral Lamps

    One of our three A3 Limited Edition Botanical Illustrations, documenting the Full Grown growth process. These beautiful pictures are hand-drawn by our artist-in-residence, Geoff Diego Litherland.
    This illustration shows our "Lumsdale" Spiral Lamps.

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    A3 Botanical Print - Åsa Geometric Lamp

    One of our three A3 Limited Edition Botanical Illustrations, documenting the Full Grown growth process. These beautiful pictures are hand-drawn by our artist-in-residence, Geoff Diego Litherland.
    This illustration shows our "Åsa" Geometric Lamps.

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    A3 Botanical Print - Nelson Armchair

    One of our three A3 Limited Edition Botanical Illustrations, documenting the Full Grown growth process. These beautiful pictures are hand-drawn by our artist-in-residence, Geoff Diego Litherland.
    This illustration shows our "Nelson" Grown Armchair.

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    Tour of Furniture Orchard, lunch & book

    A behind-the-scenes guided tour of our Furniture Orchard. Your guide will be a core member of our team, who will show you around the furniture orchard, and explain our methods to you.

    A delicious lunch will be included with other Full Grown team members, and you will take home a signed copy of the 'Full Grown - Story so far...' book. Tours are on the first Saturday every month from March to September. Only 7 dates available for 6 people per party, so pledge soon to avoid disappointment!

    Schedule:-

    11:00 Talk, tea, coffee and tour of furniture orchard.

    13:00 Fabulous picnic lunch in the orchard (or cabin if wet weather).

    14:00 Conclude tour

    (N.B. Group tour - price per person)

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    A1 Green Grown Chair Photograph

    An A1 Digital print on Satin of an early Willow dining chair, taken immediately after harvest by our very talented photographer, Gavin Repton

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    Furniture Orchard tour with Gavin

    An exclusive behind-the-scenes guided tour of our Furniture Orchard. Your guide will be artist and designer Gavin Munro, who will give a talk about the project of growing trees into furniture and art. Gavin and a member of his team will then give you a tour of the Furniture Orchard. You will also take home a copy of the 'Full Grown - The Story so far...' book, personally signed for you.

    Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant set in Wirksworth's historic market place.

    There are only 20 spaces available (for 2 people) this year so please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Schedule:-

    11:00 Talk, tea & coffee, and tour of Furniture Orchard with Gavin Munro

    13:30 2 course lunch at beautiful local restaurant with set menu.

    14:45 Book signing with Gavin Munro.

    15:00 Finish

    (N.B. This price is for up to two people)

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    "Scuttler" Table Lamp

    Inspired by the iconic David Nash's "Scuttler" sculptures, these table lamps are a new edition to our inventory, and are a Kickstarter exclusive, so get yours now!

    Fitted with large eco-filament globe bulbs and vintage fittings from Urban Cottage Industries, these lamps look amazing on sideboards and tables.

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    Raw Pendant Lamp Preorder

    A brand new design for the 2017 season.

    A Grown Pendant Lamp, the new design enables full growth in one year - ready for Winter 2018/19.

    Please Note: these really are grown on trees - our design techniques have been developed to adapt this design to one year's growth. We're working with Nature and it is possible it may be a slow year! Please be aware that it could take to the end of the second year before we can harvest the lamps. Shipping costs are in addition to the stated amount, and, due to the likelihood of fluctuation, will be confirmed closer to the delivery date.

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    Spiral Pendant Lamp Preorder

    A Grown Spiral Pendant Lamp, in either Hexagon or Square.
    These lamps will start growing in our field in Spring 2017, so some time is required!

    Includes a free tour of the furniture orchard for you and a friend.

    Due to shipping costs being likely to fluctuate Shipping costs are in addition to the stated amount, and, due to the likelihood of fluctuation, will be confirmed closer to the delivery date.

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    Ready NOW - Square Spiral Lamp

    Our very first harvest has finally arrived! 5 years in the making, this square spiral lamp was born from the desire of Gavin Munro to grow trees into cubes, slowly.

    These are 5 of only 16 Square Spiral Pendant Lamps from the first edition 2015 harvest.

    These lamps are currently being hand-finished in our Derbyshire workshop.

    Have one in your home by February.

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    Lamp with tree shaping masterclass

    This is the ultimate day out for those who are passionate about design, gardening or those with an eye on the environment. You can even bring a friend with you. Gavin Munro is a leading expert in his field. There are only 3 dates available this year so book early to avoid dissapointment. This is only available in July and early August 2017.
    A private exclusive lamp shaping masterclass with expert tuition for you and a friend. A two course lunch is included in a beautiful local restaurant in the Peak District. You will take home a signed copy of our inspiring coffee table book for you to remember your experience.
    You will meet the designer and founder of Full Grown, Gavin Munro, as seen internationally through media and institutions including CNN, the Guardian and the Scottish National Gallery where Gavin's work is in the permanent exhibition. A spiral lamp will be sent to you for you to keep when Fully Grown*.

    Schedule:-

    11:00 Talk, tea, coffee and tour of furniture orchard.

    13:00 Two course lunch at a local restaurant with a set menu.

    13:45 Book signing with Gavin Munro

    2:15 Shaping masterclass on lamps.

    4:30 Finish

    (*The tree that is being shaped is a natural product, therefore if there were to be damage to the tree/ lamp we would send you a different lamp to the one you personally made. Every care will be taken to make sure this does not happen. Free shipping to UK. Up to £250 for shipping outside this area. The lamp will take a estimated further 2 years to be harvested, dried, shaped and sent to you.)

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    Ready NOW -Hexagon Spiral Lamp

    Started in 2012 and grown for 4 years.

    A First Edition Full Grown Pendant Lamp.

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    Chair - Preorder

    A Full Grown Chair, also currently growing in our Derbyshire field. An opportunity to own a piece of Grown Furniture Design History!

    These chairs will start growing in our field in Spring 2017, so some time is required!

    Includes a free tour of the furniture orchard for you and a friend.

    Shipping costs are in addition to the stated amount, and, due to the likelihood of fluctuation, will be confirmed closer to the delivery date.

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    Grown Willow Chair Model

    An early model of our Full Grown Willow Arm Chair, harvested from our Furniture Orchard in Derbyshire. This is an incredibly rare opportunity to own a beautiful piece of design history, usually reserved for museums and galleries. This exclusive piece is a wonderful example of our growing methods. Grown from Willow (Salix Viminalis), beginning in 2012, the sister chair is currently touring the design academies and museums of Spain. Due to the nature of our growing process, this piece has no double; It is completely unique, one of a kind, so don't miss your chance to own such an important part of our story, and the ever changing face of art and design.

    Please note, this is a piece of art, not a functioning chair.

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