Well Proven Chair, 2012

foaming wood

Jamie Shaw

Well Proven Chair

in collaboration with
American Hard Wood Export Council
and with the nice support of
Benchmark Furniture

Understanding that there is 50% to 80% of timber wastage during normal manufacture,
we 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 foam. 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 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.

The chairs produced during the project will be some of the first pieces of furniture
subjected to Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) an important tool for measuring and comparing
environmental impacts of manufactured goods.
Images taken by Petr Krejci, film by Wai Ming Ng

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