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7 examples of living furniture

By: Bryan Nelson on April 8, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
tree growing beneath clear plastic chair frame

Photo: Michel Bussien

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Growing chair

Swiss designer Michel Bussien has created these beautiful chair-shaped greenhouses to help foster the growth of trees into chairs, so that they can be brought straight from the soil into the living room once they've matured. Bussien uses fast-growing willow trees to form the chair's supporting structure and a Russian vine to help keep the tree's shape as it grows. A fully grown chair is then released from its greenhouse and cut at its anklets just above the soil for transplant into the home.

Bussien describes his inspiration for the tree chair as a merging of technology and nature, but in a way that allows us to perceive nature as technology.