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Tree Trunk Chair Would Take 200 Years to Produce

The upside: if it doesn't work, the designer won't have to answer for it

At Milan Design Week 2016, Maarten Baas has unveiled his plans for an inventive new chair. Unfortunately, he will not live to see that chair be created, barring some huge advancements in medicine or life-extending technology. His great-grandchildren might, though, as the chair's production time is around two centuries—the chair is created by sticking a mold into a tree and allowing the tree to grow around the chair. This is advantageous because it tricks the tree into thinking that it wanted to be a chair all along, and you no longer have to deal with your chairs having existential crises.

Maarten Baas proposes tree-grown armchair at New! Newer! Newest! exhibition [Dezeen]