Furniture you will grow to like, and like to grow

Whether it’s a chair or a table, Gavin Munro promises a unique item – although  it may take him 10 years to train the selected tree into shape

Patience, they say, is a virtue. Anyone pre-ordering one of Gavin Munro’s wooden chairs should qualify for sainthood, as they will have to wait for up to 10 years before they can finally get to sit on it. This isn’t because Munro is a laggard when it comes to furniture making; it is just that he is, literally, growing your chair in a two-acre field in Derbyshire and you can’t hurry nature.

His customers “are going to have to wait”, he says. We meet at his “furniture orchard”, where supple young branches are trained into various shapes that will become chairs, as well as tables, mirror frames and lamps. “It is an investment piece and a dinner-party story. For quite some time.” What his customers...

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