Mal 1956

13 May 2015
  • posted by Veerle Pieters

The first time I saw the following product I immediately thought oh no not another copy cat. It wouldn’t be the first and certainly not the last. However this isn’t the case as Mal Furniture, a Dutch, Eindhoven based design label has been granted a limited in time homage to Charles and Ray Eames by Vitra. They re-created one of the greatest design icons of the fifties in plastic.

Suitable for outside

The ‘Mal 1956’ lounge set is manufactured in Polythene. That makes it suitable to be used outdoors. I haven’t been able to sit in one but Mal Furniture claims that the lounger is sturdy but still extremely comfortable. It comes with a subtle drainage system that prevents water on the sitting surface. What’s also different from the original is that this one's seat has an adjustable height and rotates 360 degrees.

I would need to see one in real life to be convinced, but I must say that I’m intrigued by its one material and colour usage. The ‘Mal 1956’ is available in seven colours, Orange, Blue, Red, White, Grey, Yellow and Green. Price is €998.