james shaw creates furniture using spray guns
 james shaw creates furniture using spray guns  james shaw creates furniture using spray guns
jun 24, 2013

james shaw creates furniture using spray guns

james shaw: furniture shot from a papier mache gun
all images © paul plews courtesy james shaw



we first saw the experimental manufacturing techniques of james shaw with ‘the well proven chair’ in which the london-based designer combined a mixture of wood waste shavings and bio resin, which reacts in a way that it expands into a mouldable foam, which he applied to create a seating (see designboom’s coverage of the project here). expanding further on his material explorations and production processes, shaw has now developed a collection of three ‘making guns’; each an innovative tool for the execution of radical production methods. the first of these weapons, known as the ‘papier-mâché gun’, uniquely co-sprays a mixture of recycled paper fiber with a binder-water mixture such that they condense in the air hitting a substrate. being presented at the 2013 royal college of art graduate exhibition, the process creates rough geological seeming forms. colors can be easily added to the mixture.



papier-mâché stool



‘I have produced a set of weapons (guns of course) to become my arsenal, with these I will fight the fight. we are all fighting for creative territory, for novelty, for some spark of newness. we are fighting banality and the oppression of massive systems within which we are complicit and sometimes complacent. each gun is an innovation in itself, and each gun shall be capable of producing further innovation. these guns are tools for making, for making images of possible new worlds.,’ says shaw



papier-mâché lamp



papier-mâché shelving and storage



papier-mâché shelving close-up detail



papier-mâché detail



pewter squirt table



the ‘pewter squirt gun’ is a deceptively small tool which can melt and squirt out pewter like a water pistol, the material then cools and solidifies where it lands. this results in the creation of organic forms that embrace the natural characteristics of the medium.



pewter squirt detail



plastic extrusion table



the ‘plastic extruding gun’, the most vicious looking of the three, turns the extrusion of polymers–usually a huge and cumbersome task carried out in distant factories–into a handheld process. shaw uses this device to form recycled HDPE into exciting and extravagant shapes that again celebrate the qualities of a very under-recognized material.



plastic extrusion table detail



‘plastic extrusion gun’



‘papier mache gun’



‘pewter squirt gun’



  • I want the papier mache gun! amazing work, I’m truely inspired!

    e.connolly says:
  • Yawn… While it was definitely a lot of work to do these, they are soo typical RCA outcome. Surprise people and you will go far!

    oi says:
  • Nice twist on Gunite. This proof of concept stuff needs to be refined into items James’ mom would have in her house …if her son had not made it.


    JimCan says:
  • Good try but I feel this is such a wast of materials for the effort. Good for earth.

    mm says:
  • That’s a good start…but I ask myself: would it not be more suitabel for this texture and shape to make more organic forms? Here you try to cover straight sekeltons with a very uneven (and therefore rather natural) surface…in my opinion this does not fit together. Try it with 3D-mesh wire, cosy lounges, tree trunks, bowls, frozen waves…

    Dirk16 says:
  • Amazed at all this criticism : He is sharing some brilliant ideas here. If you’d like to use Shaw’s techniques to make frozen waves or something your mom would want in her home – go right ahead!

    LizPop says:

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