Harvesting chairs: Full Grown

Harvesting chairs: Full Grown

July 2017


neo~local design


Thanks to a research effort lasting a decade, English artist and designer Gavin Munro combines the production of objects with agricultural growing and pruning, offering a inspiring reflection on new ways to use resources between nature and design.




As a project, Full Grown looks like an impossible desire, or as the nostalgia for ways of making things as simple as setting up a shape and letting nature do the rest.
More than actually ‘worked’, the wood that makes these chairs is in fact modeled during's the plant's actual natual growth , and shaped through guides and molds: the sole components that have been actually ‘built’ through digital fabrication.

Carefully grown and pruned to be trimmed away when they are robust enough, Munro’s chairs peek into an utopia of objects that grow on their own like any other product from mother earth. The human’s contribution being limited to simple gestures that turn furniture production into a new kind of topiary.

This project offers an alternative to the rapidity of industrial production – and to that almost instantaneous of injected molding – embracing the timeframe needed to take care of a living organism. As for Bonsai, the gardener’s patience becomes one of homo faber’s primary virtues, inaugurating a new way to production, where the intentionality of design and the spontaneity of living forms collaborate the growth of organic shapes on the project’s tracks.
Provocative and evocative (the finished chair comes for about ten thousand UK pounds…), Full Grown’s proposition advocates for a key reflection that goes beyond throwaway consumption, forcing us to change our perspective on the things that are around us, on how we use them, and on the role of a designer not too far away from the producer, capable of a possible dialogue between design and nature.



Marco Sironi

Designer and scholar at DADU


(Graphic) designer and scholar, focused on the idea of place, his background combines design skills and practice in literature. In Milan he has taught visual identity and basic design for graphics; collaborates with our Department (teaching Graphic and Product Design) since the beginning of the Design in Alghero venture.