When other furniture only utilized some parts of the tree, this special chair remained completely organic—with no excess or waste! 20 years ago, the free-spirited entrepreneur living in the mountains of Australia Peter ‘Pook’ Cook suddenly wondered if it would be possible to grow his own chair.
Pook toyed with his idea of growing his own furniture for years and conducted numerous experiments with various gardening methods and tree types—all while getting his observations recorded.
Pook’s experiments and observations with his partner Becky Northey led to the development of ‘Pooktre’—a system of tree shaping they came out with.
Pooktre grows five pieces a year ranging from coffee tables, bed-ends, candelabras, and even human-shaped tree called ‘living tree people’. To get the demanded unique form of the furniture, each pre-designed tree chair was tended and twisted over the course of 7 to 8 years—but still be able to continually change and evolve with or without the same diligence. Some even take 10 to 12 years before it can be harvested!
Besides being completely organic, the chair is sturdy too!
You can tell how happy these ‘living tree people’ are!
While Pook wasn’t really aware of anyone trying to shape the living tree as he did, a 39-year-old British designer Gavin Munro shares the same interest. Munro even designed plastic molds to make molding a lot of trees all at once possible.
Munro designed the plastic mold to ease the process.
The tree chair before it was trimmed and harvested.
As for Munro, he shaped trees into chairs, mirror holder and lampshade. This lampshade looks absolutely stunning!
“You are not sitting on a chair. You are sitting in someone’s four years of growing,” said Munro about his tree furniture.
The tree furniture looks like it came out of a magical world!