Grow Your Own Garden Chair With Chair Farm

© Studio Aisslinger

Living Walls? Sooo Over: The hottest new trend is living furniture. Unveiled last month at the Milan Furniture Fair, German designer Werner Aisslinger's Chair Farm is a "steel corset" that trains plants into chairs.

From Studio Aisslinger's website:

The chair is no longer produced in the classical sense of the word. Instead, it grows of its own volition in a greenhouse or on a field. When it has reached maturity, the steel corset is opened and removed, revealing a naturally grown chair.

© Studio Aisslinger

A fast-growing vine is trained to grow around the steel frame, and once it is completed, the frame is removed. Since this is nature, each chair is unique -- and since it is a living eco system while it grows, so are the visitors it can attract, like butterflies and bunnies, as the photos suggest. No word on how long this process actually takes.

© Studio Aisslinger

Aisslinger sees his chair as the first step towards a utopian future of "product plantations" -- where furniture is grown on a massive scale. In 2011, he designed a chair for stylish stoners out of hemp, and this year it was announced that the Hemp Chair will be produced by high-end Italian furniture manufacturer Moroso.

© Studio Aisslinger

© Studio Aisslinger

Wikipedia/Public Domain

Aisslinger's idea is not so revolutionary -- above is banker and naturalist John Krubsack, who could be considered the grow-your-own-chair pioneer. He planted 32 box elder trees in 1903 -- and then harvested them for this chair in 1914.

Then there are Peter Cook and Becky Northey, who have coined their tree-shaping technique with the awkward word "Pooktre."

Tags: Designers | Furniture | Gardening


treehugger slideshows