While looking at ways of incorporating waste wood shavings into design, Royal College of Art graduates Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw noticed a curious chemical reaction when bio-resin was mixed with shavings, it expands into foam. By adding colour dye and varied-sized shavings from different workshop machines, a colourful, lightweight and mouldable material was created as was the beginnings of their ‘Well Proven Chair’.
“This chair derives its brutal and anarchic appearance from an ethos of resourcefulness.” says van Aubel & Shaw. “The porridge-like mixture of resin and shavings was 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’ will be shown at the WORKS: Royal College of Art Graduates show during Milan Design Week 2013.