London based designers Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw designed the wonderful "Well Proven Chair," produced with their new, self developed material made out of waste wood. The chair it's raw and helter skelter appearance evolved from a spirit of resourcefulness. Understanding that there is 50% to 80% of timber wastage during normal manufacturing, Marjan and James looked into new ways of incorporating waste rubble into their design.
After their investigation ways of incorporating waste shavings into design using bio-resin, a curious chemical reaction occurred when they are mixed with the scraps, expanding it into foam. Coloured dye and various-sized shavings from different workshop machines are added to the mixture to create a colourful, lightweight, mouldable material that is reinforced by hardwood fibers.
The porridge-like mixture was slapped on to the shell of a chair by hand; building up the material wherever extra strength was required. The mixture then foamed explosively to create its own exuberant form and anchored by the simple turned legs of American ash.
The chair is still a work in progress but in the meantime the duo have created an interesting making of video to document the process so far.
The project has been launched at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London September 2012.