They've grown chairs, a coffee table, a garden gate. That's right, this Australian couple, the Pooktre Tree Shapers, molds growing trees into living furnishings...
Pooktre Tree Shapers started with Peter. Once a jewelry maker, he moved out into the country in his late 20's and planted an orchard. Through working with the orchard's trees, he one day simply thought to himself, “I wonder if I can grow a chair”. From that thought grew Pooktre, who shapes trees into furnishings and stick-figure-like sculptures of the human form.
Our favorite is the Living Chair in the first and fourth photos up top. The chair was planted ten years ago and we're in love with its cantilevered shape that's reminiscent (albeit in a very different language) of Mies van der Rohe's Brno Chair!
The couple now grows five pieces per year. They offer the service of helping others grown pieces in their own gardens and will work collaboratively with clients to grow commissioned pieces. Pooktre's creations are unique, that's for sure, and extreme expressions of outdoor living.