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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Lamps & Lighting

This autumn we welcome lots of lovely new lamps and lights to the Myakka collection. With new floor lamps, table lamps and ceiling pendants, there will be something to help every home welcome the longer nights. So close the curtains, relax on the sofa with your favourite throw and chose the perfect lighting to create a cosy atmosphere.

The Celestial Lamp collection has five lamp designs all with pretty shell detailing.  Hand finished in Indonesia using shells that are left over from the food industry, these lamps are both attractive and practical, casting a glow around your room. The Celestial Column Floor Lamp and the Celestial Torus Lamp both use whole shells, whereas the Celestial Globe Lamp, Celestial Convex Floor Lamp and The Celestial Gold Globe Lamp all use pieces of shell to create a stunning mosaic effect.  

If you’re after a new ceiling light, the Honeycomb Ceramic Pendant Lamp is a great choice. Available in two colours (truffle and blue), these lamps would look great hung in the centre of your room or hung low in a group over a dining table. The Joel Rattan Pendant Lamp is a take on Skandi style which as a spherical shaped rattan shade woven around a sturdy wire frame. It would look great in any room of your home but try it hung in your bedroom or living room.

A table lamp is the perfect addition to a dark corner in your living room or dining room. We have a number of new designs this season including the Mercury Glass Lamp, the Lustre Glass Table Lamp and the Jute Wrapped Bottle Lamp. These three lamps have been hand styled from glass bottles to create attractive and individual lamps that will add style to your home.

Our favourite new lamp this autumn has to be the Surin Elephant Lamp. Carved from a single piece of monkey pod wood by the same skilled artisans as the rest of our Surin range, this elephant lamp is sure to be a talking point in your home.

With the clocks about to go back and the nights drawing in, make sure your home is cosy and comfy by creating the perfect atmosphere with lighting.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Myakka’s Autumn Harvest

It’s time to reap the harvest of our labours and this season we are delighted to bring you some Myakka-firsts with two brand new exclusive solid wood furniture collections and an exciting selection of new home accessories to freshen up your home.

Inspired by the lotus flower, this collection is the polar opposite of machine-made uniformity, our beautifully decorative new range is crafted in India from solid mango wood with hand-carved leaves and lotus blossoms – one of the most sacred flowers in Eastern cultures and a symbol of purity and rebirth. Like all our furniture, the wood has been responsibly sourced and fairly traded, each piece has a hand-rubbed whitewash finish to highlight the elaborate carving and lend a soft sophistication. Each is so unique like a vintage-find – a unique one-off to add personality to your home. But we have a comprehensive collection of 10 pieces with which you could immerse yourself completely. Try our bedroom collection comprising a Vandara Bed, Vandara Wardrobe, Chest of Drawers and Bedside Cabinets.  Other unique pieces include a stunning Vandara Hallway Table, Vandara Blanket Box and Vandara Two Door Cupboard.

With an honest country character and welcoming homely appeal we know you love, this exclusive collection is craftsman-made in Vietnam from solid reclaimed pine with an ivory paint and warm natural waxed finish. And besides its fair trade credentials, the collection is set apart by the nail holes & wood knots that lend individuality to every piece as they allude intriguingly to the timber's previous life.  In the living room, the Milborne Coffee Table, Nest of Tables and a choice of corner or standard TV units would bring a fresh update.  Milborne also offers a clever Extending Dining Table seating from 4 to 6 diners and with the matching chairs, provides a coordinated look for your dining room.  The Milborne Glazed Display Cabinet, Milborne Wine Sideboard and Milborne Hallway Table might also complete the look.

We are also delighted to welcome new additions in our popular sheesham Jasmeen collection.  A new Dining Table to accompany our upholstered dining chairs means that you can enjoy the whole Jasmeen effect at mealtimes and celebrations.  In the bedroom, our new Jasmeen Bed, Wardrobe and Cheval Dressing Mirror make a coordinated scheme for grown-up chambers.  Although, it’s such a versatile collection, the Jasmeen pieces co-ordinate well with your existing pieces. A new Jasmeen Corner TV Unit and Jasmeen Midi Bookcase join the collection to complete the collection for your living room or office spaces.

We can’t forget to mention our striking new Fandango Velvet Armchair and Footstool too. Vibrantly striped cotton velvet and brimming with artistic flair, this knockout pair are just the perfect imaginative addition to give any home an edge. Buy the chair and the footstool together and save £90!

On his travels, Simon has made some fantastic new discoveries in home accessories too.

Our Celestial lamp collection is all handmade in Indonesia from ethically sourced oyster shells that have been repurposed for iridescent lighting. Other new lamps, sourced in India, are made from handblown glass and jute.  Also from India, our new Honeycomb Ceramic Pendant Lamps are our first fully wired ceiling lights, along with a retro-inspired Joel Rattan Pendant Lamp.  And we can’t forget to mention our triumphant new Surin Elephant Lamp – from the same skilled artisan workshop as our Surin Carved elephants, this ellie carries a lamp shade, making a statement in any room!

An encounter with a sustainable, natural fibre weaving manufacturer from Vietnam also means we are proud to introduce a new range of rugs, pouffes and occasional tables.  Handwoven from seagrass, water-hyacinth and cornhusk, our collection includes Natural Woven Round Rugs, Natural Hand-Woven Pouffes and Natural Handwoven Rectangular Rugs.  We also introduce new Bamboo Natural Woven Side table & Coffee Tables from a new supplier in Indonesia.  All these pieces are light enough to be portable yet robust enough to withstand everyday use and would look great in a light and airy d├ęcor such as a conservatory or garden room, or even moved outdoors on a lovely day.

As usual, this season, we welcome fresh new kilims, cushions and decorative pieces to refresh your home – highlights this autumn include:

Monday, 5 September 2016

Top Marks!

For the fourth year running we have scored 100/100 in the Ethical Company Organisation Good Shopping Guide. The Ethical Company Organisation (ECO) indexes each company based on a number of factors including impact on the environment, human rights and animal rights and we have scored 100!

The ECO carries out research based on 15 ethical criteria under three general headings of Environment, Animals and People to give each company an overall ethical score. The aim to encourage companies and businesses to uphold high ethical standards by highlighting both the good ethical practices and underlining the more negative practices that need to change.

Here at Myakka, we're delighted to have received a top Ethical Company Index (ECI) score of 100 in their latest research, ahead of larger high-street retailers such as Homebase, John Lewis and B&Q. To see the full report on furniture retailers, please click here.

We've been awarded the Ethical Accreditation for our corporate social responsibility since 2009 and have earned our place in the Good Shopping Guide also.  This leading directory provides detailed information on everything from banks to butter, washing machines to jeans to help consumers make informed decisions on shopping with a clear conscience.

We work hard here at Myakka to ensure that we trade ethically and we are excited and proud to achieve this top score!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Homework Time!

With the end of the school holidays nearly upon us, our attention is now turned towards life going back to ‘normal’ with the start of the new school term. Help them ease back into school life and the dreaded home work with a stylish work space that will help inspire and encourage them.

Help get things off to the right start by making sure you have the perfect workspace for your budding scientist or lawyer. A suitable desk and chair can make working a lot more comfortable and a lot less of a chore. The Mallani Office Desk is the perfect size for all of the family. It has a large surface ideal for the computer screen, keyboard and mouse with room still for paperwork and everything else you need to hand. It also has lashings of storage with two drawers for stationery and pens along with a deep filing drawer for keeping all of your documents organised and accessible. On the right hand side of the desk there is a cupboard designed for storing a PC tower or you can add the removable mid height shelf and use it for storing files and paper work. Team the Mallani Office Desk with the Katina Chair and save £100 when you buy the Mallani Project Set.

This spring we introduced the Jasmeen Office Desk, with intricate fret work carving on two useful drawers and a cupboard to help store away files and stationary. This desk is slightly smaller than the Mallani desk making it a great option for smaller spaces or bedrooms. Team it with the Jasmeen Upholstered Chair for a stylish and comfortable work space, and save £80 when you buy the set!

As well as desk, storage is essential for a modern home office, especially with the whole family using it. Filing cabinets and bookcases are great options for storing papers, files and books that need to be easily to hand but can be stored neatly away when not in use. Our Mallani Filing Cabinets are available in both a three drawer and two drawer version so there is one perfect for your home. The Jasmeen Filing Cabinet has two drawers for filing and a smaller drawer at the top for pens & pencils. We have both full height bookcases and smaller bookcases that are perfect for smaller rooms. Our Mallani Space Saver Bookcase holds paperbacks and DVDs with ease. The Mallani Large Bookcase, Jasmeen Large Bookcase, Thakat Jali Bookcase and Stonemill Bookcase are all great for storing reference books and files. With solid wood shelves that are strong and durable, and built to hold as many books as you need.

Once you have the perfect furniture, don’t forget the finishing touches. A cheerful rug can add colour and warmth to an often overlooked room. Kilim rugs are perfect as they are hardwearing and add a happy bit of colour, there are many shades and patterns to choose from the traditional designs in calming hues to modern stripes in coordinating colours. Comfort is also essential so add a chair pad or two to your chair to make sure writing that essay is as comfortable as possible.

Finally, remember that this is a purchase for your home and is furniture that will hopefully be with you for many years.  A little bit of careful thought and planning can ensure that your office furniture lasts for many years to come.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Everywhere Eco Rugs

Last autumn we introduced an Everywhere Eco Rug to the Myakka range and this spring four new designs were added to this exciting range. These rugs are made using 100% recycled PET plastic but feel like a traditional kilim rug. As these rugs are made from recycled plastic, they can be used both indoor and outdoors and if they get a little dirty, just hose them off!

We currently have five designs of our Everywhere Eco Rug which include our original Diamond design as well as our best selling Geo design which is available in three colours and two sizes. We have a great selection of designs and colours to suit any style of home decor and your outdoors! As they can be simply hosed down if they get a little mucky, it makes them perfect for the kitchen, children's bedrooms and playrooms and under the dining table. As well as using them indoors, you can take them on picnics, use them on decking or the patio or use them in the garden for the kids to play on.

They are made by a clever process that breaks the plastic bottles down into super fine fibres that can then be spun into thread and yarn. They are resistant to sunlight fading and can be easily washed clean with a hosepipe and dry in minutes. By recycling of plastic bottles means they avoid going into landfill or becoming litter this is a good thing for the environment and goes on to create a stylish and super practical rug.

When the rugs first arrived in the Myakka office, we had a little experiment to see if any one could tell which was made form the recycled bottles. After some quite serious comparisons and discussions, no one came up with the right answer, they feel just the same as a normal rug and nothing like plastic!

Take a look at our complete collection of Everywhere Eco Rugs here.