Relax with nature: designer grows trees into furniture

Full Grown Willow Armchair

Here's a lovely example of both slow design and maximum efficiency: Full Grown makes furniture and art out directly out of trees grown to pre-designed shape.

The Derbyshire company starts with a design for, for instance, a chair, and builds a modular frame to mould a tree as it grows into the correct chair-like 3D form. It's shaped, clipped and nurtured until it's mature enough to fell, then it's turned into a gorgeous piece of furniture as a single piece – with none of the joints or glue you'd normally find in a workshop.

Full Grown calls it a kind of 'zen 3D printing' and a process that makes 'the least possible intervention with nature in order to get the things that we want'.

The project is on Kickstarter and is well over its £10,000 target with still a couple of weeks to go, edging its way into the crowdfunding platform's 'Projects We Love' list. No disagreements here.

If you can't afford the homewares or furniture (priced from hundreds to thousands of pounds), even small pledges get you beautifully designed, ethically made rewards.

Here's the campaign video with Full Grown's Gavin Munro explaining it all.