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Inflatable Furniture Collection

MALAFOR designs typically industrial objects for their external clients. For their own brand, they develop furniture as well as other products. The series of products that changed their approach from self-production to collaboration with the local manufacturers was the collection of blown furniture. The first of them, Blow Sofa, won the Red Dot Design Award in 2012.

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Air collection-armchair – © Malafor

“The concepts of our work come from an artistic background, still we always try to maintain a strong awareness for the industry, whilst creating new objects. Most of our products are enviromental friendly and easy to dismantle. Like the “Blow Sofa”, which is made from recycled paper and in which it is easier to replace just the cloth rather than the whole furniture.” – Malafor

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Air collection-back stool – © Malafor

The most important component of the collection is the air. Filling the pillows with the air, rather than typical upholstery materials, and using foldable frame, make the object light and easy to transport or move. Both frame and the felt cover are made locally, in Kashubia region in the North of Poland, where the studio is based. Design: Agata Kulik-Pomorska, Paweł Pomorski.

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Air collection-back stool – © Malafor


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Air collection-back stool – © Malafor

The Malafor company creates and sells designer furniture under its own brand, for example the “Blow sofa” or “Trunks”. It also provides industrial designs for other companies. Apart from strictly commercial activity, Malafor designs objects that can hardly be classified as commercial, albeit they are not devoid of usefulness.

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Air collection-vertical stool – © Malafor

Sometimes the firm invents objects for the sake of new functions, but sometimes it is the object itself that conceives a new function. Although Malafor is extremely serious about the utility of its designs, its approach towards the appearance and the concept is very open.

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Air collection-Zip Stool – © Malafor

The latest AIR collection is an upgraded continuation fo previous collections by MALAFOR. This time around the inflatable pillows rest on chic oak wood frames. The frames have a simple aesthetic form that follows their structure and function. The multi-coloured pillow covers vary from calm grey to vibrant yellows and are made of highly durable, puncture resistant, easy to maintain and non-flammable textile. The AIR collection consists of a sofa, an armchair as well as three variations of stools.

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Recycling collection-blow sofa – © Malafor


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Recycling collection-blow sofa – © Malafor

Blow sofa is made from 100% recyclable air bags. It is an incredibly inexpensive sofa, and an easy one to transport – one only has to inflate the bags to start using it. And when the cushions get dirty, they are simply replaced with new ones! Got an idea? …Write it down on your sofa!

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Wool & Air Collection-Armchair – © Malafor


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Wool & Air Collection-Armchair – © Malafor

Malafor:

MALAFOR is an abbreviation of polish “Małe laboratorium formy”, which literally means “Small form labolatory”. We are in two – Agata Kulik-Pomorska and Paweł Pomorski. It has all started in 2004. One year after graduating from Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (Poland) we decided to establish MALAFOR not only as an idea but as a brand, which we still develope. We have started with designing and producing objects for the short series production. In recent years, we have also directed our steps to more industrial approach, which led us to create “Activ Basket” – a shopping basket for disabled people moving on a wheelchair and some household projects commisioned by external companies.

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Yacht collection-Yacht armchair – © Malafor


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Yacht collection-Yacht armchair – © Malafor

Even though utility is an important factor, we consider concept as the most valuable aspect in our work. In search of innovation, we try to find new uses for the commonly known materials. It also happens that we notice and change the context of people’s conventional customs. Like in Polish Walking sticks, where we have made our national contribution to the “Nordic walking” fashion. While designing, we have elaborated a perfect balance in our work. We treat seriously the functionality of our projects, while we have fun in creating their image and idea.

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Yacht collection-Yacht Sofa – © Malafor


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Yacht collection-Yacht Sofa – © Malafor

Data:

Name: Inflatable Furniture Collection
Type: Furniture Collection
Materials:

  • Air collection – armchair – Inflatable cushion with artificial leather cover + metal rack + oak wood armrests + air
  • Air collection – stool – Inflatable cushion with artificial leather cover + oak wood + air
  • Recycling collection – Blow sofa – air bags (two layers of paper + one layer of plastic bag) + metal rack + rubber strap Dimensions (inflated)
  • Recycling collection – Recycling Armchair – inflatable paper bags 100% recyclable ( 4 layers of krafts paper, 1 layer of poliethylen bag inside ) + steel frame + rubber straps + AIR
  • Recycling collection – Recycling stool – inflatable paper bag + metal frame
  • Wool & Air Collection – Armchair – Inflatable cushion with felt cover + metal rack + rubber straps + air
  • Wool & Air Collection – Stool – Inflatable cushion with felt cover + metal rack + rubber straps + air
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Sofa – inflatable bags + dacrons cover + steel frame + rubber straps + AIR
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Armchair – Inflatable cushion with DAKRON cover + metal rack + rubber straps + air
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Chair – inflatable bag + dacrons cover + steel frame + rubber straps + AIR
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Stool – inflatable bag + dacrons cover + steel frame + rubber straps + AIR

Materials Combination: Mix / Multi Materials, Eco / Recycled / Green

Dimensions:

  • Air collection – armchair – w 110cm/ d 100cm/ h 100cm/ seat high 40cm
  • Air collection – stool – l 80cm / w 50cm / h 50cm
  • Recycling collection – Blow sofa – width: 180 cm, height: 90 cm
  • Recycling collection – Recycling Armchair – w 110cm/ d 100cm/ h 100cm/ seat high 40cm
  • Recycling collection – Recycling stool – l 80cm / w 50cm / h 50cm
  • Wool & Air Collection – Armchair – w 110cm/ d 100cm/ h 100cm/ seat high 40cm
  • Wool & Air Collection – Stool – l 80cm / w 50cm / h 50cm
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Sofa – l 180cm/ h 90cm/ d 100cm/ seat high 40cm
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Armchair – w 110cm/ d 100cm/ h 100cm/ seat high 40cm
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Chair – w120cm / h90cm / d90cm / seat h 45cm
  • Yacht collection – Yacht Stool – l 80cm / w 50cm / h 50cm

Colors: Mix / Multi Color
Year: 2012-2015

Awards:

  • 2012 – Red Dot Design Award – Blow sofa – Honorable mention
  • 2012 – iF Design Awards

The people:

Furniture Designer: Malafor – Agata Kulik-Pomorska, Paweł Pomorski – Mierzeszyn, Poland
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Malafor
Images: © Malafor

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