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Author Topic: The Ultimate Art Nouveau style: living furniture.  (Read 118 times)
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« on: September 06, 2020, 10:14:55 pm »

I just stumbled on this bbc.com article on Gavin Munro, from Derbyshire, who had the idea of using grafting techniques to grow trees into the shape of furniture.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-33161109

https://fullgrown.co.uk/

Bending trees into chairs


The end result, is pure genius, or should I say "Girl Genius," after the gaslamp fantasy comic? Limbs are grafted and bent over the space of 6 years, slowly forming a frame, until a small tree grows into the perfect outline of a chair; which if you think about it, is the ultimate expression of Art Nouveau.

If you remember, Art Nouveau and Jugendstil were the twin design currents at the end of the 19th century, which emulated natural and asymmetric organic shapes suitable for a fantasy novel full of elves and fairies. The styles were a rebellion meant to overthrow the symmetric and orderly geometric aesthetics of Neo Gothic and Renaissance Revival favored by the Victorian Era.

For now, only Munro's chairs carry that Art Nouveau distinct look, but he's also experimenting with tables and a variety of other pieces of furniture. You may acquire one for a few thousand dollars and 4 to 10 years of your patience though  Undecided



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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2020, 10:49:57 pm »

Oh, trees. Good. Not what I feared it was. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2020, 07:14:26 am »

Oh, trees. Good. Not what I feared it was. Roll Eyes
Just what were you thinking it was? I mean, we're talking about Art Nouveau here.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2020, 09:16:55 am »

Oh, trees. Good. Not what I feared it was. Roll Eyes
Just what were you thinking it was? I mean, we're talking about Art Nouveau here.

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2020, 10:55:15 am »

Oh, trees. Good. Not what I feared it was. Roll Eyes
Just what were you thinking it was? I mean, we're talking about Art Nouveau here.

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Well, I mean, it's Art Nouveau, with leaves, flowers, fairies and fawns, not exactly HR Giger material.
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2020, 01:21:54 pm »

Oh, trees. Good. Not what I feared it was. Roll Eyes
Just what were you thinking it was? I mean, we're talking about Art Nouveau here.
I'll put it this way: Rule 34 definitely applies to the phrase "living furniture."
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