Extracted from the Well Proven Chair Official Site:
Understanding that processing wood from planks to products incurs 50% to 80% of timber wastage during normal manufacture, Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw looked at ways of incorporating waste shavings into design using bio-resin. A curious chemical reaction occurs when it is mixed with the shavings, expanding it into a foamed structure. By adding colour dye and varied-sized shavings from different workshop machines, a colourful, lightweight and mouldable material was created, reinforced by the fibres in the hardwood shavings. The resulting piece is called ‘Well Proven Chair’.
The porridge-like mixture of resin and shavings are applied to the underside of the chair shell by hand, building up the material wherever extra strength is required. The mixture then foams explosively to create its own exuberant form, anchored by the simple turned legs.
Definitely one of the few furniture design that has caught onto my attention and interest. There’s something very visceral about the hands on moulding of the chair and the effervescent foam. I’ve throughly enjoyed the video they have also produced for this project.
And also do check out Marjan van Aubel’s site here. In my opinion, her works are very soulful, innate and visceral. Really good works from her.
Image Source: marjanvanaubel.com