well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
 
well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
oct 16, 2012

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw

through the understanding that there is 50% to 80% of timber wastage during manufacturing, london-based designers marjan van aubel and james shaw have investigated ways of incorporating waste shavings into design using bio-resin. a curious chemical reaction occurs when they are mixed with the scraps, expanding it into foam. the reaction is exacerbated by different types of wood, the addition of water, air trapped in material, and increased temperatures these different factors can give expansion of up to 600-700%.

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
the well proven chair
all images © petr krejci / courtesy of marjan van aubel

 

 

by adding color dye and varied-sized shavings from different workshop machines, a colorful, lightweight and moldable material is created, reinforced by the fibers in the hardwood discards. a porridge-like mixture the formed material is slapped on to the underside of the chair shell by hand, building up the material wherever extra strength was required. the mixture then foamed explosively to create its own exuberant form, anchored by the simple turned legs of american ash.

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
detail of the expanded material

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
the well proven chair in a red and green color variation


video process
cinematography by wai ming ng

 

 

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
finished chair in the studio

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
troubleshooting after releasing the chair from the mould

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
finishing detail process

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
applying thin layers of the material onto a mold

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
batches of the material mixture

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
scrap wood for the mixture

well proven chair by marjan van aubel + james shaw
expanded foam tests and samples

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  • looks like a hobbnobb on legs, yummy

    lazy eyes
  • 0_0′

    ‘His Hipster rating is over 9000!’

    What Would Dilla Do?
  • don t tell me u call it sustainability. foams and resins expands normally. mixing it with wood waste is not saving wood wast, instead just adding extra stuff to a functional chair.

    Does the ‘material’ works on its own? Yes very well done video, and intellectual talks. that s it though.

    Antonio Cesare Iadarola
  • Davy Jones: that\’s my chair!

    Asphere
  • This is one of the most EPIC things I have ever seen! You are both brilliant. Thank you for your commitment to craft and your innovation. Keep leaning forward! Impressive work.

    Stephen Kenn
  • On the contrary – I think Elle Decor would appreciate an eco-friendly solution like this.

    soup2nuts
  • artsy-fartsy

    Paedra
  • Doubt you will see this in Elle Decor.

    Jam.. that chair looks pretty generic.

    Next: make it out of bird seed and gelatin use it outdoors.

    Jim C.
  • And directly copying the design of an existing chair by using it as a mould is also kind of questionable…

    jam
  • huge step backward from chipboard isn’t it?

    ure

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