MAKARLU is a perfect balance of functionality, touch and beauty. 

We extensively research, rigorously test, and carefully select only the highest quality materials to form the components of our products.  

Nesting Domes

The three nesting domes of MAKARLU Lotus are made from high-performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). Soft to touch and latex free, TPE is a premium quality elastomeric material which is often used for watch and fitness wrist bands.

An advantage of TPE is its ability to repeatedly stretch and return to its original shape, creating a longer life and better physical range as compared to typical plastic materials.

Since it can be moulded, extruded and reused, TPE has the potential to be recyclable, while still possessing the desirable elastic properties of rubbers (which are not recyclable). 

Rocker Base

MAKARLU Lotus Rocker Bases are crafted from a selection of beautiful timbers.

Australian Spotted Gum is known for its striking appearance and a high degree of natural durability and strength. Our sustainably-sourced Spotted Gum is one of Australia’s premium hardwoods. Architects and designers value Spotted Gum timber for its grain structure, attractive markings and vibrant colour palette. It’s robust, and is often used to make fine furniture, polo sticks, baseball bats and boats. 

The colour of its heartwood can range from light brown through to dark red-brown hues. Like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two Spotted Gum rocker bases are identical. Despite the name, products made from Spotted Gum aren’t covered in spots, the timber earned its name because the smooth greyish-white bark of the corymbia maculata (Spotted Gum) tree is shed in flakes, leaving conspicuous spots.

American Black Walnut is native to the eastern regions of North America. The colour of its heartwood ranges from a golden to a rich chocolate brown colour, sometimes with narrow streaks of a darker purplish-brown. American Black Walnut is a fine and generally straight-grained timber, although often it has an attractive wavy or curly grain, giving it a highly decorative figure. 

The beautiful grain patterns, rich brown colour and great workability of American Black Walnut puts the wood in a class by itself for architects, designers and woodworking professionals. It’s a popular choice for use in furniture, joinery and other fine woodworking, so it was only natural for MAKARLU to include American Black Walnut in its range.

European Ash is an important timber in Scandinavian furniture and interior design thanks to its beautiful grain and light tones. European Ash varies from white through to pale brown, making it an attractive option for use in chairs, dining tables, joinery, architectural features and hardwood flooring. In the past this versatile timber was even used in boat and plane building, mainly due to being a strong yet relatively lightweight hardwood.

European Ash is the European equivalent to White Ash of North America, with both woods being light coloured to nearly white, and generally straight-grained with a uniform texture.

Bamboo holds deep-rooted cultural significance in East Asia, in no small part thanks to its characteristic strength, versatility, rapid growth, and natural regeneration. Musical instruments, furniture, fishing rods, buildings, bridges, textiles and even weapons are some of the traditional and contemporary applications of this majestic plant, Its high strength-to-weight ratio, sustainable qualities and light earthy colours make East Asian Bamboo a solid option as a MAKARLU Lotus Rocker Base.

Bamboo justifiably earns its reputation amongst designers as a sustainable resource because it is amongst the fastest-growing plants in the world. In suitable conditions, bamboo has been known to grow at a rate of one metre per day!

Rare-earth Magnets

MAKARLU Lotus utilises the strength and permanency of neodymium rare-earth magnets – the strongest type of commercially available permanent magnets. 

Carefully in-built within each of the three Lotus domes, these magnets create some very useful benefits.

This innovative design feature expands the number of possible configurations and applications for MAKARLU Lotus, and also holds your whole set together in compact form.

And don’t just use your Lotus domes on the floor – magnetic attraction lets you use the domes vertically by sticking them to your fridge, filing cabinet, your car and more.

Drawstring Carry Bag

Our Makarlu Lotus carry bags were inspired by the elegant simplicity of ‘kinchaku’, a traditional Japanese drawstring carry bag or pouch. Read more about the meaning of [ Ma ~ Karlu ].

Kinchaku is a small bag worn like a purse or handbag, typically used for carrying around personal possessions like money, lucky charms, medicines and cosmetics.

‘Kin’ means fabric.

‘Chaku’ means to put on.

MAKARLU carry bags are made from heavyweight black canvas finished with French seams, and include double drawstrings. In the tradition of kinchaku, this stylishly embroidered carry bag featuring two inner pockets. There’s one pocket for each Lotus, or travel with a single set and use the other pocket for your possessions.

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