By the time this chair is finished you’ll be ready for a sit down because the Tree Trunk Chair has a production time of a staggering two hundred years! The process involves allowing a tree to grow around a mould and as the tree matures the the trunk will slowly grow over the chair shape. After a wait of two centuries, the mould is carefully removed, the trunk is layed on its side and hey presto your chair is ready… and relax.
The technique is being developed by Dutch designer Martin Bass together with designer Gavin Munro who is based in the Peak District. Munro has been making furniture from trees for some time now. His stunning series of grown furniture is both beautiful and captivating, taking inspiration from the beauty of nature, geometry and the desire to work with wood. Munro has spent the last 10 years studying and developing the techniques and craft of Tree Shaping and Botanical Craftsmanship.
The first tree will be planted this year by the The Groninger Museum in their Menkemaborg garden, they will also be looking after the Tree Trunk Chair for the coming centuries.