Malabar’s furniture design and aesthetic is rooted in Portugal’s cultural heritage. The Oporto brand works closely with small and traditional workshops that still use antique production techniques, such as hand carving and gilding. This guarantees that each new piece is slightly different from the last.
The Figen Bench is a result of combining a forward thinking designer with a love for truly classic aesthetics and know-how in ancient production.
Yagmur Arifoglu, of Emotional Brands, a young atelier based in Oporto that designs furniture and lighting pieces, is the designer behind the revival of these baroque-style ornaments.
Plants of Mediterranean origin became the signature elements used to create baroque ornaments in architecture and artifacts. On Figen, the highly ornamented legs are adorned with foliage, which have been hand-carved by artisans from wood, finished with white lacquer and a high gloss varnish.
The resting area is made of walnut wood veneers, chosen for its ability to soften, lighten and modernize a space. Figen’s strength lies in its versatility; simultaneously a bench and an unmatched decorative piece of art, of classic and modern influence.