Belgrade Table

Large four metre work table produced for a building in Belgrade. Made from waste HDPE plastic and Smile Plastics sheet material.

Shot by Paul Plews and styled by Juliet Caswell

Wood Metal Plastic

Wood, metal and plastic have been the holy trinity of the material landscape, the archetypal textures of ‘good taste’ and modernism. In these works James Shaw references the mid twentieth century period of design and modernism where the current malaise of our usage of material was set. Polished metal and the smooth beauty of walnut timber are combined with the grotesque gloopyness of melted plastic. Particularly apt is that the plastic used is actually reclaimed from granulated ‘kodak yellow’ film canisters discovered in an old north London factory (now belonging to Max Lamb), alluding to Kodachrome, the excitement of a world in colour as expressed in the Paul Simon song.

Waste polypropylene, walnut timber, polished aluminium, mirror

Plastic Baroque Cutlery

304 Stainless steel flatware with hand extruded HDPE handles.

Celebration Lamp

Celebration Lamp.

Hand extruded HDPE and light fittings.

Wood Metal Plastic

Wood Metal Plastic Lamp, for Side Gallery

Polished aluminium, hand extruded HDPE, walnut timber, light fittings.

Swivel Party

20 Chairs made in 4 days for a special dinner held by Soft Opening Gallery and Claire de Rouen books.

Riffing on office furniture these chairs are all made with swivel bases and the same pallette of materials we find in the corporate world of foam, aluminium, rubber, faux leather and paint. Referencing greats like Gunnar Anderson who worked at the start of the synthetic age, now fifty years on their presence is all pervasive.

Photography by Paul Plews

Plastic Baroque Ceremonial Table

Riffing on the highly elaborate ceremonial oversize tableware that emerged in the 17th century. Ewer, tureen and candelabra. All made in recycled HDPE.

Tar Sauna

Together with Will Yates-Johnson and the help of several friends, over three consecutive summers as part of Designers on Holiday an annual gathering of designers and other creative professionals on the Swedish island of Gotland.

The Tar Sauna appears on the limestone plateau as a floating triangle surrounded by juniper bushes. Its form derives from a study of the way heat rises in a sauna; the triangular section cuts out the unused space created by the tiered seating whilst also enabling the structure to sit lightly on the ground, resting on only three points. Taking inspiration from a technique traditional to Gotland, the exterior of the sauna is coated in a drippy gloopy finish of many layers of tar, which suits the climate as the tar is a living surface that melts season after season and re-solidifies to fill any gaps that may form. A wood burning stove heats the tongue-and-groove lined interior and aspen wood benches while the glazed door and roof hatch frame views of the surroundings. The supporting column at the rear also functions as a ladder giving access to a rooftop terrace that, like the whole sauna, is orientated towards the sunset.

Photography by Mark McGuinness


Plastic Baroque Furniture

Plastic Baroque furniture. Recycled HDPE produced using the Plastic Extruding Gun version 3. Photography by Palida Boonyarungsrit


PlasticScene Works in Waste Plastic, a large scale exhibition I co-curated with Laura Housley of The Modern Design Review, first shown during the London Design Festival 2018. Described as the ‘standout show the London Design Festival’ by the New York Times  Read more here


Bookends made for the launch of Seetal Solanki’s book Why Materials Matter. Seetal commissioned a number of the designers artists and scientists featured in the book to make a bookend for the launch exhibition including Basse Stittgen, Billie van Katwijk, Dawn Bendick, Fernando Laposse, Granby Workshop, James Shaw, Jorge Penadés, Lupine Project, Malai, Marlène Huissoud, Max Lamb + Dzek, Raw Material, Sanne Visser, Studio Furthermore, Tessa Silva-Dawson, Theodóra Alfreðsdóttir, Tino Seubert, Wang & Söderström. Photos by Dilesh Solanki


Originating from an investigation into John Ruskin and the Industrial Revolution the Modular Mechanics series is based on a modular system where joints are carved all along the timber both creating the possibility for alternative configurations and a strong geometric aesthetic.

Photography by Paul Plews

Plastic Baroque Home Hardware

An investigation into the objects of daily use. Recycled HDPE

Photography by Ana Cuba

Ready Made Go 3

Various objects and installations produced for Ready Made Go 3 the annual project curated by The Modern Design Review at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. As part of the installation Marina Stanimirovic produced a sound piece which can be heard using the Soundcloud link below. All produced from recycled HDPE using the plastic extruding gun. Still life photograpy by Ansgar Sollman insitu and work in progress by Jorn Tomter

Crazy Marm Table

Original recipe linoleum is a surprisingly natural material, which can have a remarkable surface.

Coffee table, 500 x 500 x 450h

Photography by Paul Plews



Working with physical theatre company Aoi Esteban we produced 9 objects which form the physical aspect of ‘Whist’. This virtual reality/augmented reality/real reality experience takes place between the physical world and the digital. The objects provide the gateways into a fantastical and sometimes disturbing world. The manner in which the audience interact with these objects creates their path through the narrative allowing them to subconsciously follow their own interests.

The entire installation packs up to two flight cases and has been on a world tour since 2017. Review in the Guardian newspaper here

Well Proven Stromboli

Following a residency on the volcanic island of Stromboli provided by the Fiorucci Art Trust and inspired by the aerated volcanic rock the discovered there, Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw produced a special edition of the Well Proven furniture. Using rocks and minerals in combination with darker wood varieties such as walnut they produced a special colour range reflecting spirit of Stromboli.

Walnut in combination with Foamed wood.


Produced for ‘The Plinth Project’ @ Etage Projects
The Carpet is a hybrid object between architecture and furniture. In mass-culture away from salons of design it is a key area of expression where people interact with the appearance of their homes. The plinth emerged through classical antiquity: a box decorated with the language of architecture, covings, mouldings et al. merging sculptures with their surrounding. Essentially mouldings are simple devices to hide junctions between materials and planes, but they have developed their own mystique. A mainstay of DIY superstores – the mass-market venue for dissemination of architecture – is the polystyrene architrave, pediment and ceiling rose ready to glue onto your living room wall.
Digitally Printed Carpets

Well Proven Stools

The Well Proven Stool is a development of the Well Proven Chair and is distributed and sold by Transnatural Label

Understanding that there is 50% to 80% of timber wastage during normal manufacture, Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw incorporated waste shavings into design chairs and stools using bio resin. A curious chemical reaction occurs when it is mixed with the shavings, expanding it into foam. The porridge-like mixture of resin and shavings is slapped on to the underside of the stool shell by hand, forming a strong and lightweight material. The exuberantly shaped seat is anchored by the simple turned legs of American ash, Walnut or Cherry wood. The series of Well Proven Stools are especially designed for Transnatural Label.


A field kitchen made from recycled HDPE plastic commissioned by Grizedale Arts including a sink incorporating gastro-norm containers originally conceived by Ryan Gander.

Photography by Tom Kean


In collaboration with Softbaroque we play with the material desires of popular culture through the medium of Hydrographic Transfer. This process akin to marbling lays a printed ‘surface’ onto a 3D object, commonly used in industry for material mimicry it is also highly prevalent in the subculture of car modification.

Revolving bookcase, aluminium printed with walnut burr

Wavy bench, maple timber printed with water drops

presented in Domestic Appeal at Chamber NYC a show curated by Matylda Krzykowski.


Symbiotic Hot Tub

Papier Mache Gun

The Papier Mache Gun, part of the series of ‘making guns’ this tool co-sprays recycled paper fibre with a binder so they mix up in the air and hit whatever you are ‘shooting’ at as papier mache.

Photos by Paul Plews and Sasa Stucin


Plastic Extruding Gun (The First)

The Plastic Extruding Gun, part of the series of ‘making guns’ this tool melts down and extrudes waste plastic chips into a 1″ thick pug that can be manipulated by hand.

Photos by Paul Plews and Sasa Stucin

The Well Proven Chair

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 coloured 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 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 of American ash. This chair was developed with the support of the American Hardwood Export Council it was one of the first pieces of furniture to be subjected to Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), measuring its total environmental impact across its production and usage. The Well Proven Chair has been nominated for the Design Museum Designs of the Year Award and named an iconic project of our time by Li Edelkoort.

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