October 1, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Eames, half of the iconic husband and wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames, whose vast collection of works includes the world-renowned Eames lounge chair, below, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We had one in the living room in my childhood home, but my mother, who never kept anything–and I still wince at this when I think of it– years ago sold it at a garage sale.
It’s been said that Charles and Ray achieved their monumental success asking this question of each project,”Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it?” The same seems to hold true for Eindoven-based brand, Mal, whose Mal 1956 chair, inspired by and a tribute to the famous Eames lounge chair, I spotted in London while on BlogTour last week at Design Junction in an exhibit for Covent Garden shop Do.
Mal has redesigned the Eames classic in rotational molded PE plastic, placing drainage holes to prevent water from collecting in the seat and ottoman where on the original Eames chair there were upholstery buttons–making the Mal perfect for outdoors.
According to The New York Times, the chair is called Mal as “mal” is the Dutch word for “mold,” but, with an injection of humor, it also means “silly.”
Some might indeed find it silly to attempt a reinterpretation of such an iconic piece of modern furniture, but for me, the Mal injects a bit of fun into an outdoor room with its playful range of bright colors or even in black and white.
This is one of several upcoming posts sharing finds from my visit to London with Modenus BlogTour for the London Design Festival, and to Paris for Maison et Objet and Paris Design Week. Many thanks to BlogTour sponsors: Citizen M hotel, Blanco, DuVerre Hardware, Mr. Steam, And So To Bed, Victoria & Albert Baths, Lapicida, Amtico, Samuel Heath, The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, and Maggie’s Cancer Centres. Learn more about BlogTour.