Did you know that there is typically 50% to 80% waste during traditional timber manufacturing? In response, designers Marjan van Aubel and Jamie Shaw have developed a new material made from the waste wood, a porous substance that looks like an ever-growing mold. (Now that's an example of a cool Architecture+ Material award candidate.) Used in the creation of the Well Proven Chair, the substance covers the furniture's shell like some sort of extraterrestrial growth.
The newly created material is a combination of wasted wood shavings and a bio-resin. A chemical reaction occurs when the two substances are mixed together, creating an expanding foam, reinforced by the fibers in the hardwood shavings.
The project was collaboration between RCA and the American Hardwood Export Council, with the chairs selected as some of the first pieces of furniture to be subjected to Life Cycle Analysis (an important tool for measuring and comparing environmental impacts of manufactured goods). The chair premiered last month at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a part of London Design Week.
Photos: courtesy Petr Krejci, via designboom