The Flying Dishman: the story behind the outdoor daybed

The Flying Dishman is the result of a unique collaboration with Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout. With a circular design, this outdoor daybed offers a unique 360 degrees view and is the ideal place for relaxing. But the luxury lounge island didn’t get its name for no reason. So, what is the story and vision behind the Flying Dishman?
The myth of the Flying Dutchman

The name of the Flying Dishman refers to the myth of the Flying Dutchman: a ghost ship forced to sail the seven seas forever. Joep explains how this myth of the eternally traveling ship touches upon important environmental topics: “The ongoing travel underlines the continuous circle of recycling: the current fate of the ocean and the plastic soup’s contradiction between sustainability and ecological disaster.”


The process of turning the waste containers into a fine powder.

Durability is an important aspect to our mission, which is why the outdoor daybed is partly made from recycled waste containers. Moreover, this gives the literal circular design a circular meaning in terms of the economy and the environment. The waste containers come from the recycling plant at Van Werven, where they are sorted, cleaned and roughly grinded. The regrind containers are turned into a fine powder at our production plant to make it a suitable material for the Flying Dishman. A huge benefit to this material is that it withstands daily weather conditions and requires next to no maintenance.

Take the time to relax

Lastly, there is the literal meaning behind the myth of the Flying Dutchman. In this legend, the doomed captain could not leave his ship, but was forced to sail for eternity. This resembles the life of the modern man: never sitting down, but constantly moving. The Flying Dishman offers a place to take a break from this busy daily life. Together with the added cushion set, it really is the ideal place to lay down, relax and stop moving. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.

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The Flying Dishman, designed by Joep van Lieshout, is a round lounge island made of Polyethylene(PE). This material is highly recyclable and the product thus contains 60% post-consumer recycled plastic, making it robust and durable. The remaining 40% is still new plastic. The round design of the seat shell allows for a 360-degree view and accommodates 2 to 3 people to lie down. Enjoy nature and unwind on the Flying Dishman. Comes standard with cushion set in your choice of color: green or orange. The new cushion set consists of a large mattress with a diameter of 165cm and 40mm thickness, two cushions off 70x70cm and a cushion of 100x70cm. The mattress is made of a light beige waterproof outdoor fabric with a filling of HR polyurethane foam. The pillows are also made of a waterproof outdoor fabric and have polyester fiber filling. The mattress and pillows have a zipper so the covers can be removed and washed.  As an accessory to the Flying Dishman, we have a waterproof cover available to protect the mattress and pillows. However, it is still strongly recommended that the cushions and mattress, outside the season of use, be stored inside in a dry place.