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Indian furniture, Dining Table, Nest of Tables, Cushions and Accessories

Global influences interior trend, the Myakka way

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

It’s no surprise that the global influences interior trend is interwoven into every Myakka product. We’re very proud that all of our furniture, home accessories and lighting are sourced from fair trade suppliers in India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. And this look is big for 2018. Both Good Homes Magazine and Ideal Home are tipping the global influences interior trend to make a comeback in a stylish way.

Bringing the global influences interior trend to your home

It’s so simple to introduce this trend into your home; just a hint of global inspiration can add lots of visual interest to a room. Equally, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colours and cultural influences to create a layered, well-travelled look.

So here are our favourite ways to add some of the global influences interior trend to your home.

Fair Trade Furniture

Our range of fair trade furniture is handcrafted for us by artisan makers using sustainably sourced wood, including sheesham, mango, monkey pod and reclaimed pine.

We’ve had a long-running love affair with our Hathi Collection that just keeps getting stronger. Made from solid sheesham wood, we just can’t get enough of the hand carved elephants. This collection brings the perfect amount of global inspiration to your home and with pieces for the dining room, living room, bedroom and hallway, this truly unique furniture has something for every room.

Hathi Storage Coffee Table

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little more colourful, how about our Neela Bone Inlay Collection? Combining hand carved bone (a by-product of the food industry) and azure blue resin in geometric patterns, these pieces are a real showcase of Indian artistry and craftsmanship. Moroccan-inspired, each piece will surely become the real ‘jewel’ of your home.

Neela detail

Our Mehindi Small Cabinet is a treasure chest of a different kind; handcrafted from mango wood and decorated by hand with exotic and colourful patterns borrowed from the magical art of Mehindi – the practice of henna body painting as used for centuries in India to heal, transform and bless. A beautiful fairly traded cabinet which combines useful storage with exotic individuality.

Mehindi Small Cabinet

Timeless Textiles

Textiles are a simple yet effective way to introduce global-inspired patterns and colours into your home. Living up to its name, our Global Fusion range comprises colourful rugs, cushions and upholstery inspired by global style. One of our favourite pieces is the Global Fusion Round Pouffe. Upholstered in printed cotton and adorned with multi-coloured stitching and decorative tassels, it’s the ideal place to pop your feet up after a long day.

Global Fusion Round Pouffe

Show your floors a little exotic love with our Casablanca Berber Rug. This colourful interpretation of the original Moroccan Berber style rug proves that barefoot is best thanks to its snuggly mix of warm wool and cotton. Moreover, it’s a rug with the feel-good factor, thanks to it being GoodWeave certified. This pioneering charity works to stop child labour in the carpet and rug industry in countries such as India and Nepal, a cause which we are extremely proud to support.

Casablanca Berber Rug

Worldly Accessories

Global accessories can be a simple and inexpensive way to provide an adventurous, nomadic finishing touch to the room. We’re big fans of the animal kingdom at Myakka. So, of course, we had to add a little animalistic touch to the global influences interior trend! Our Savanna Animal Masks come in an array of designs and sizes. In fact, our customers love them so much that the Savanna family just keeps on growing! In addition, they make the most eye-catching and unusual wall décor and are sure to be a conversation starter for guests.

Savanna Animal Masks

Lanterns add some exotic decoration and, when lit, a lovely warmth to any space. Named after the Hindi word for light, the handsome Roshani Lanterns honour India’s centuries-old tradition of metalwork. Made from metal with an aged brass finish, the hand-welded lanterns feature elaborate pierced patterns and have glazed sides.

Roshani Lanterns

And finally, it of course goes without saying that the global influence interior trend is always in style at Myakka. Shop our full range of furniture, home accessories and lighting at Myakka.co.uk.

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Sundaya - our new mango wood furniture collection

Friday, 4 May 2018

We are big fans of mango wood furniture. From our romantic Maison collection and carved wood Vandara collection to the industrial and vintage style of Bayford, there’s a range to suit every taste and décor.

So you won’t be too surprised to hear that we’re super excited to introduce our latest mango wood furniture collection, Sundaya.

Sundaya - Mango wood furniture collection

Sundaya – Our New Mango Wood Furniture Collection 

Handcrafted exclusively for us in India from solid mango kiln-dried hardwood, the collection comprises 12 introductory pieces. You’ll find solutions for every room; from hallway furniture to timeless pieces for your living room to storage saviours.

Finished with a light lacquer and hammered iron handles, Sundaya’s clean, classic lines make it so simple to coordinate any of the pieces with your current décor. Plus, the handles are easily interchangeable allowing you to adapt the piece to reflect your own personal style.

One of our favourite pieces from the introductory collection is the Sundaya Organiser Console. With four drawers and a handy slatted base, it is a storage genius working well in your hallway to keep clutter at bay. Team with our Hogla baskets and finish the look with a vase of cheerful flowers or a statement table lamp.

Sundaya mango wood furniture - Organiser Console

Alternatively, add a little touch of Sundaya to your living room with our naturally neat and space efficient Nest of Tables. This trio of solid wood tables is endlessly useful; bring them out for afternoon tea, evening drinks, a plant or lamp or even a cluster of delicious smelling candles. And when they’re not in use, just neatly nest them away to take up minimal floor space. What’s not to love?

Sundaya mango wood furniture - Nest of Tables

Of course, we are always looking for fabulous new ways to store and display our most treasured items. So versatile to work in the living room, dining room, bedroom or office, the Sundaya Asymmetric Storage Unit has a charming mixture of open and closed storage solutions. The asymmetric arrangement of drawers, shelves and single cupboard creates an individual yet organised living space.

Sundaya mango wood furniture - Asymmetric Unit

Responsibly Sourced Mango Wood 

And why do we love mango wood so much, you might be wondering? Mango wood is relatively new to the furniture industry, compared to the likes of sheesham and pine. Like all our other furniture, the wood we use for our mango wood furniture is sustainably sourced as a by-product of the mango fruit industry. In fact, the plantations only harvest the wood when the tree is at the end of its fruit-bearing life.

Mango wood is also particularly durable, though we of course recommend a regular polish to keep it looking its best. Our Mylands Wax is the perfect wax to use; you can read our blog post on how to wax your furniture here.

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Spring 2018 Interior Design Trends – Velvet

Friday, 13 April 2018

Luxe velvet has been in style for a while now. But according to Homewings, Houzz and countless others, that’s not going to change any time soon. Treat your home to this plush spring trend with our tips below.

Velvet Upholstery

The Evening Standard says that velvet upholstery is the best way to adopt the velvet spring trend, and who are we to argue? Embrace the velvet upholstery trend in style with our joyful Fandango Armchair. One of our bestselling chairs, it’s just the kind of imaginative, original and colourful furniture that gives a home its unique edge. For the ultimate in feet-up comfort, pair it with our Fandango Velvet Footstool. Not only will you save £100 when you buy the set, but you’ll be doubling up on interior style points with this knockout pair!

Fandango armchair spring trend

Also ticking the velvet upholstery box is our Velvet Patchwork Bench. Slender and space-saving, this padded velvet bench packs a colourful and characterful punch. Brimming with eclecticism, it will, of course, become a statement piece in any room. We think it looks great at the end of the bed, in that awkward space in the hallway that’s crying out to be filled, or simply in front of a window.

velvet patchwork bench - velvet spring trend

Velvet Accessories – Spring Trend on a Smaller Scale

If you’re looking to incorporate the velvet trend on a smaller budget, velvet accessories are the way to go. Our Teal Velvet & Brocade Cushion is a beautiful addition to your sofa or favourite armchair. Handmade and fair trade; just how we like our cushions. Alternatively, pair it with the coordinating quilt to make a bright statement in the bedroom. Our customers continually praise the quality workmanship, jewel-like vibrancy and the shimmering opulence of the patterned brocades and velvets used in this duo. On the other hand, if you prefer earthy colours then this style is also available in Maroon.

teal velvet & brocade cushion & quilt


New for Spring 2018 is our Hadlee collection. With 3 colours to choose from in both the cushion and quilt, there’s bound to be a style to complement your home. Featuring supremely soft velvet with a screen-printed Marroc tile pattern on the woven cotton reverse, the Hadlee style brings both on-trend style and comfort to your home.

And finally, velvet also works perfectly with another Spring trend – artisan texture. The smoothness of velvet combined with the rough natural textures of woven items is an interior dream. And we’ve got you covered for artisan textures, too!

You can read our previous posts on the artisan textures trend and others below:
Artisan Textures
Metallic Accents
Our New Dark Wood Collection

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Spring 2018 Interior Design Trends – Artisan Textures

Friday, 6 April 2018

Continuing our spring trend series, today we’re looking at artisan textures. According to Ideal Home, textures are set to be big this season. Luckily, we’ve got a range of affordable and on-trend textured products which will easily weave their way into your home.

Noodles with Oodles of Artisan Texture

We’ve sung the praises of our Noodle family many times before on our blog, and for good reason. They make the perfect companions and don’t need feeding, or ‘walkies’, in the case of Noodle Dog, Noodle Pup and Seagrass Sausage Dog. This canine trio were recently joined by their new pals Noodle Elephant and Noodle Piglet. Hand woven from seagrass with beady button eyes and noses, they inject both spring trend style and fun to your home.

Noodle dogs

Kaisa Berbers & Hogla Baskets

Handwoven by artisans in Bangladesh from kaisa grass, our Kaisa range will add subtle yet colourful artisan texture to any room. We particularly love the Lidded Berber Basket, an attractive and wonderful home for everything – from dirty laundry to craft supplies and children’s toys. Equally, the Set of 2 Kaisa Jute Baskets are perfect for holding all those bits & bobs which tend to go missing around the house. Use them for your keys in the hallway, or as a fruit basket in the kitchen.

For a more muted tone, look no further than our Hogla Baskets. Available as a magazine rack or in a classic rectangular shape, these endlessly useful baskets are hand-woven from natural seagrass and are true storage saviours for small spaces.

Kaisa Lidded Berber Basket and Small Waste Basket

Sophisticated Seagrass

As you can tell, we’re big fans of seagrass at Myakka; it’s a sustainable marine flowering plant that helps prevent land erosion and provides an important habitat for many animal species! With our Java Large Seagrass Lamp, you can put a sophisticated spin on the natural, artisan texture look. Ideal for any room, it’s sure to make a statement wherever it lives – even when unlit.

Java Large Seagrass Lamp

Spring Trend Underfoot

Add some additional comfort underfoot whilst bringing the latest trend to your home with our textured rugs. Our Border Jute Rug boasts a chunky style that sits wonderfully on any flooring. Made from 100% natural, heavy-weight jute, it’s ideal for high traffic areas such as a hallway or landing. Alternatively, if you love the textured look but want a bit more colour, what about our Rainbow Braided Round Rugs? Braided by hand from fabric remnants, the hardwearing circular rugs are such a practical, affordable way to add a splash of warmth and colour to any room. Plus, we love the fact that no two are exactly alike due to their handmade nature.

Most of our rugs are GoodWeave certified and we are proud to support this pioneering charity. GoodWeave works to stop child labour in the carpet and rug industry in countries such as India and Nepal. You can find out more about GoodWeave on their website.

Border Jute Rug


Finally, have you read our previous 2018 spring trend posts? Find them at the links below:
Metallic Accents
Our New Dark Wood Collection


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Spring 2018 Interior Design Trends – Metallic Accents

Friday, 23 March 2018

Spring Trends

Following on from our post about Spring Trends last week, today we’re exploring another of those trends; metallic accents.

Metallic accents are a great way of mixing up your home style and adding a luxurious finish to any room. Whilst copper and rose gold have been in the interior limelight for a while, this year brass joins the trend family. From bold pieces of furniture to more subtle accessories, we have plenty of choices to help you recreate this new trend at home.

Myakka’s Favourite Metallic Accents

Peetal

New for Spring 2018 collection are our Peetal Drum Side Table and Coffee Table. Handmade using traditional Indian techniques, with bases cut with lacy circular patterns, decoratively etched and finished in an antique brass effect. Equally at home in a conservatory living room, study or even a bedroom, and perfect for adding a gorgeously exotic look to any room and displaying your treasures from around the world.

Peetal Drum Side Table and Coffee Table

On-Trend Accessories

A reflection of style, our Hexagonal Brass Mirror is handcrafted in Honduras. With a lightness of form thanks to its slender hand forged brass frame and delicate chain hanger, the mirror is actually quite large - giving a room extra dimension and impact as it bounces light around. We love it hung alone or as part of a grouping of mirrors, pictures or other wall décor.

Another new-for-Spring product that’s bang on trend is our Tappa Table Lamp. With a high-end designer look, it’s hand-formed from metal wire with a hand-turned mango wood based. Made for Myakka by a fair trade lighting supplier based in Delhi, who distributes work to small artisan groups. Stylish accessories with a feel-good factor? Yes please!

Bee on Trend with Hyve

Of course, we couldn’t forget to mention our brand new Hyve Collection. Featuring hand carved honeycomb details, light-reflecting brass foil accents, round drawer knobs and on-trend hairpin legs, Hyve combines brass with another Spring trend; dark wood. With 7 pieces in the range to choose from, you can mix & match the range or choose one stand-out product. Though our Hyve Collection is new to Myakka, our fair trade working relationship with this north Indian supplier is not; we have been working with the team who handcraft the range for almost two decades.

Hyve Tall Display Unit

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