MALAFOR is a design studio headed by Agata Kulik-Pomorska and Pawel Pomorski.
These Polish designers graduated at Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Poland) in 2003 and since then they have created a fantastic collection of contemporary, stylish and functional objects. Their Blow Armchair and Sofa, an inflatable piece of furniture made from recycled paper is award winning, and their iconic range of solid oak trunk stools encased in a sheath of vibrant metals is a shining example of funky eco and sustainable design.
What is your studio like?
We’re living and working in Northern Poland, a coastal region close to nature and far away from towns and cities.
Our studio is our house. The house is in the countryside, although this is a very modern piece of architecture, well inscribed in the landscape. The house is also one of our project. So we live and work in a place we have designed.
Where does your inspiration come from and what or who influences your work?
The place where we live is the inspiration of our projects. We discover the characteristics of the region and we try to reproduce them in our designs. We have the studio at hand and views over open spaces stretching out in front of us. Our production process is simple and effective: we have the design ideas, local craftsmen manufacture them for us and then we send our products all over the world.
Are there any designers you admire?
We like very much also projects from the duo Barber – Osgerby and Jasper Morrison.
In terms of industrial design, our guru is Dieter Rams, who was the forerunner of simple forms and inspired lots of contemporary designers, including the creator of Apple.
What is your favourite piece of design?
It's very difficult to choose just one piece of design. As a piece of furniture we would choose the Honey-pop chair by Tokujin Yoshioka.
As a piece of industrial design – the Radio – Phono-Kombination SK4 designed by Dieter Rams from 1956.
What are you working on right now?
We are working with sailing materials, typical of our region. We make use of the latest textiles technology used for making sails, basic materials like Dacron and more advanced carbon fibre laminates. We’re aware that as new technologies are changing, the manufacturing processes are taking over the more traditional methods. For this reason, we’ve decided to apply these disappearing techniques for the manufacturing process of our pneumatic furniture.
We are still developing as well our collection of inflatable furniture (Blow Sofa, Blow Armchair). This kind of furniture has a huge potential and it`s an interesting idea - furniture filled with air, which is around us and it is free! We borrow air to fill our furniture. Nothing is lost in nature! We will soon introduce a new collection of our inflatable furniture - a "warmer" version - upholstered with felt. These pieces are manufatured for us by local craftsmen.
What do you feel is the best part of your job?
The most interesting part of our job is the process of creation which is not tied to any constraints. The next step is less pleasant -to customize the product for manufacturing capabilities. We always try to be the least of madness fled the creation of the first stage of the project for the second phase of the project to materialize.
What is your home like? Is it filled with your creations?
Yes, of course. Our house is full of furniture prototypes, which later came into production. Or objects that have been shown at exhibitions and then returned.
We use them constantly and we are very satisfied users!
Are there any other materials you’d like to use or work with?
We would love to introduce items made of plastic, biodegradable plastics. It's a complicated process but we hope to succeed soon.
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You can see Malafor Full Collection here