Botanical manufacturing

Design & Architecture

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Growing solid wooden furniture without the joins

This is intruiging. Gavin Munro of Derbyshire-based Full Grown explains how moulding trees into one-piece chairs, lamps or mirror frames is far more eco-friendly than felling. This is no ordinary furniture showroom. In a field on the side of a hill 15 miles north of Derby lie row after row of perfectly maintained willow, oak, ash and sycamore trees. What clearly mark this field out from a regular forest are the blue-and-black plastic moulds that are training the trees in pre-defined routes, where they are gently and expertly manipulated into the exact shape of a chair, a table, a lamp or a mirror frame. read more

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Flexible Love

Design & Architecture

Quite possibly the coolest folding chair ever: flexiblelove.com

Flexible Love

Dutch Design Week 2010

Art & Photography

Wow, it was truly inspiring to see so many extraordinary design objects. One of my personal favourites was the work of young designer Valentin Löllmann. By envisioning the object in a different context, he makes wonderful, strange new creations.