Well Proven Chairs were first developed by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel and British designer James Shaw in 2012. The collection grew out of a project run by the American Hardwood Export Council, in which the designers researched the incredible amount of waste material produced by timber manufacturing. Experimenting with combining wood shavings with bioresin, the designers discovered a curious chemical reaction that creates a sturdy, foamed structure.
Aubel and Shaw began collaborating on their Well Proven Chairs while studying at the Royal College of Art. The design has since been acquired by the Vitra Design Museum, Montreal Museum of Art, National Gallery of Victoria, and MoMA. They are available in different models and sizes and are made to order.
Van Aubel is an Amsterdam-based solar designer whose innovative practice spans the fields of sustainability, design, and technology. In 2019, she won a Dutch Design Award chosen by the public and in 2018 the Climate Action Challenge organized by What Design Can Do. In 2017, Swarovski named her Designer of the Future, and in 2016 she received WIRED’s Innovation Award as well as the Wallpaper Design Award, among other honors.
Shaw is a London-based designer who explores the material landscape with a hands-on approach. Frequently his work challenges the notion of waste to create new, beautiful materials. He has exhibited internationally, including at Design Museum London, Victoria & Albert Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, and MoMA. Past awards include being nominated for the Design Museum Designs of the Year Award and winning the Arc Chair Design Award.