Eames Soft Pad office chairs. Sound-proof solid oak doors. Rare marble countertops. These are only a few of the elevated designer elements which have been poured into the latest co-working concept to hit the scene, The Malin.
The Malin, which lives on Mercer Street in Soho, is set to open November 1 and has defined high-design as the core component of its identity.
“Even the smallest of details is purposeful,” says co-founder Ciaran McGuigan. “Whether it’s in our leather-wrapped furniture, brass inlays, thick mohair and boucle fabrics, the handcrafted design and superior craftsmanship are really what sets us apart.”
It’s a consideration that is meant to inspire its members through a mix of aspiration and function and while aesthetics and comfort define the co-working space, The Malin is a place where work is still very much at the center of the experience. Especially as people begin to return to physical workplaces as the pandemic subsides.
“If the pandemic taught us anything, people want to work efficiently so that they can make the most out of every day,” says McGuigan. “So I spent the last year and a half imagining what it would take to inspire folks to return to the workplace. I knew it had to be in an exciting neighborhood, flexible to promote different modes of working and even more comfortable than being at home.”
This efficiency is seen in the details such as charging outlets built into custom furniture and the 38 desks and 3 private offices. In addition there are 3 conference rooms, 4 private video booths, an array of lounges and communal workspaces, and there is even a library for members who wish to work in an environment of complete silence.
“Our immediate goal is to disrupt the common notions of shared workspaces and provide an exceptional space that inspires professionals to do their best work,” says McGuigan. “It’s a welcoming, elevated workspace with superior craftsmanship and tailored amenities, actually designed for work, with no distractions.”
The Malin takes up 8,700 square feet on the third floor of the Mercer Street building and its bones are classically Soho—high ceilings, sprawling spaces, massive loft windows, and exposed venting. It’s within this canvas that the interiors, designed by Jean Morana and Jordan Trinci-Lyne in collaboration with Fettle Design, come to life through a striking sense of geometry, a prominent yet not overpowering use of color, and a smart use of patterns.
The designer’s vision was brought to life through the use of products and elements from notable design studios such as Roll & Hill, Flos, Matter, Reinaldo Sanguino for The Future Perfect and Calico Wallpaper. Framing everything at The Malin is a collection of richly-curated art which includes a monthly-rotating piece from David Zwirner-backed art e-commerce site PLATFORM.
The result is a space that is comfortable, and almost home-like (but more comfortable than home as far as working is concerned), all while being sensorially elevated. “Our main idea, when designing the space, was to think small with a big impact. It’s all about doing something simple, very well,” says McGuigan. “And also to redefine what is possible for a shared workspace, without the fluff.”
While The Malin is spacious, it’s still a boutique space so the various areas have been carved out with careful consideration. For example, social spaces such as the lounges or the kitchen are situated away from desks and work areas, while the communal work spaces are further segmented into smaller workspaces so members are afforded the reduction of noise and distractions.
“We understand this is a place to work, and we specifically chose furniture and designs that support this, and can be used to the best of their ability,” he says.
Memberships at The Malin are flexible and the benefits are designed to help its clients work hard and work efficiently. Members are provided with a mobile app, a shared assistant, a weekly dry cleaning service, the handling of package and mail as well as specialized access to local businesses and services.
“Work happens at The Malin, life happens elsewhere and we see the space as an investment to our members in order for them to produce their best work,” says McGuigan.