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

Our Spring Catalogue Has Landed!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

We’re very excited about the arrival of our new Spring catalogue. But we're even more excited for our customers to receive their very own copies over the next few weeks! With two brand new furniture collections as well as exciting additions to our ranges of furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories, there’s bound to be something new (or an old favourite!) to tempt you. All of these pieces are available to pre-order now.

Our Spring Catalogue Highlights

Our best-selling Mallani collection has been treated to a number of new arrivals in the Spring catalogue. We’re particularly smitten with the new Ladder Bookcases, available in both Large and Small. These solid sheesham bookcases are as unique as your personal book collection. Whether you fill them with books, magazines, plants or ornaments, these on-trend bookcases will have a place in your home for years to come.

Mallani Large Ladder Bookcase

We know that beautiful, fair trade furniture with hidden storage is important for our customers. That's why our Vandara Collection has welcomed a Storage Coffee Table, which combines abundant storage with soft sophistication. And if you prefer a darker wood, look no further than our Hathi Storage Coffee Table; this fair trade coffee table chest features a trio of hand-carved elephants, the trademark of our beloved Hathi range. Plus, the divided hinge-opening top is perfect for stashing blankets, cushions, board games and all the kit that can so easily comes to clutter a living room.

Vandara Storage Coffee Table

Of course, we couldn’t forget to mention the new members of the Seagrass Noodle Family – Noodle Elephant and Noodle Piglet! A real hit in the office already, they are utterly adorable and perfect for an animal loving home.

Our New Sundaya Collection

Steadfast beauty and strength, revelling in the warmth and richness of solid mango wood. That sums up our new Sundaya Collection in a nutshell. Comprising 12 classic pieces made from kiln-dried mango wood with hammered iron handles, to grace every interior and to last a lifetime. From the endlessly useful Nest of Tables to the compact and practical Organiser Console, the modern yet accommodating Corner TV Unit to the roomy and simple Merchants Chest, there’s something for everyone.

Sundaya living room range

Hello Hyve

Organic honeycomb motifs meet mid-century style in our new Hyve Collection. Made from ethically sourced mango wood with hand-carved honeycomb detailing, any one of the 7 pieces in this collection will become a talking point in your home. With light-reflecting brass foil accents and sprightly hairpin legs, Hyve captures so many current trend-setting features: a darker wood finish; brass detailing; retro glamour; a sense of fun.

With pieces for the living room, such as the sleek Coffee Table and handy little Side Table, as well as storage solutions for the bedroom in the shape of the Three Drawer Chest, there’s no excuse not to grace every room in your home with a splash of fair trade fun!

Hyve Media Unit

Upholstery Updates

We’re very proud of our upholstered furniture, which is individual, eclectic and brimming with kaleidoscopic colour. And this is why we’ve added 9 new statement pieces to the collection.

Endowed with elegant individuality and flair, the Zigga Printed Cotton Sofa is constructed around a solid wood frame. With a comfortable padded seat and backrest, it’s upholstered in durable cotton that's printed in a striking dark charcoal and ivory ziggurat pattern.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a pop of colour then our Audrey Batik Armchair is a must-see. Featuring mid-century-inspired curves with well-padded arms and tapered mango wood legs, this colourful piece would look superb in any modern interior.

Zigga sofa

Over 130 new products

This is just a small handful of over 130 new products this season. If you're crying out for more, just click here to request your very own copy of our new catalogue. Otherwise, you can see the full range of new product on our website by clicking here.

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Behind the Scenes at our Spring Photo Shoot

Monday, 22 January 2018

Mallani Extending Dining Table

Fancy a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Myakka spring photo shoot? Well, you're in luck... Gloomy, overcast winter days aren’t the most ideal for a photo shoot for any campaign. So, conjuring up the freshness of spring was a challenge for the creative team to overcome this January.

Spring Photo Shoot Location

At a secret location in Somerset, the Myakka team assembled, with favourite photographer David, to capture the fabulousness of new and exciting furniture and home accessory products being introduced this spring. Preferring to shoot in lived-in homes, these shots offer customers a realistic view of how furniture pieces can look in their own homes. And real-life propping adds to the look too; a cup of tea here, or a crossword and specs there. In fact, the homeowner looks to have just stepped out of the room.

Dave the Dog

Pet Potential

Of course, we couldn't forget to mention Dave the dog and Jack the cat! They add that real life aspect - certainly not camera shy and particular lovers of Myakka’s new rug and upholstery collections. Equally, we know our customers are particularly pet friendly (or at least they love our Noodle dogs and Coco the Cat Table - maybe it’s the low vets’ fees?)

Jack the cat

Natural Light - Short Days

David, ever the professional, avoids artificial lighting where he can. This is what lends such a beautiful, natural feel to Myakka’s photos. So, with a schedule as tight and as timely as can be, the team cracked on shooting the gorgeous new pieces before the light began to fade. And as the evening drew in, switched up to fresh new lighting shots, to make the most of the day.

New Spring Season 2018

Keen to see Myakka’s new collections for spring 2018? Then the wait is almost over, watch this space over the next couple of weeks, when the launch of brand new fair trade furniture collections and globally inspired home accessories and lighting will take place.

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The Latte Levy – Save With a Reusable Coffee Cup

Monday, 8 January 2018

Sometimes there’s nothing better than popping into your local coffee shop and picking up your favourite hot beverage. It might be an Americano for the caffeine-fiend, or a marshmallow and whipped cream-topped hot chocolate for those with a sweet tooth. Some people opt to take away their drink in a reusable coffee cup. Others are happy to make use of the disposable coffee cups provided by the baristas.

But how many of us have given a second thought to where the disposable cups actually end up? Unfortunately, there is a common misconception over just how recyclable these takeaway coffee cups are. Although the majority of disposable coffee cups are made from recyclable paper, they are in fact also lined with plastic polyethylene. This makes the cups waterproof and enables them to hold liquid, but also makes them increasingly difficult to recycle.

According to Greenpeace, there are currently only three recycling facilities in the UK which have the means to split the paper from the plastic polyethylene. Hence, less than 1% of the 2.5 billion disposable cups distributed yearly are actually recycled.

Latte Levy

In a report released on Friday, the government’s environmental watchdog, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), recommends a ‘latte levy’; a 25p charge that is added to all hot drinks that are served in disposable coffee cups. It's a similar concept to the plastic bag 5p tax, which saw an incredible 85% reduction in the use of single-use plastic bags in its first year. The ECA hopes that this will encourage us to ditch the takeaway coffee cup and instead opt for a reusable alternative.

The EAC also recommends that by 2023, all coffee cups should be fully recyclable. Furthermore, if they aren’t, then they should be banned.

Myakka's Reusable Coffee Cup

The best way to ensure that you’re being as environmentally friendly as possible when getting your coffee fix (and saving yourself 25p every time!) is to purchase a reusable coffee cup. It's a great alternative to the disposable cups provided in coffee shops. At Myakka, we love our environmentally-responsible Reusable Ecoffee Cups. Made from natural bamboo fibre, one of the world's most sustainable resources, they’re BPA and phthalate free.

Deceptively sturdy at just 135g each, they’re light and fully dishwasher safe. Plus, they have a resealable 'no-drip' lid for drinks on the go. Available in 11 styles and colours, there’s a design for everyone. Furthermore, they’re currently only £6.70 in our Winter Sale. There's really no excuse not to grab your very own reusable coffee cup!
Myakka Reusable Ecoffee Cups
If you’re looking for other ways to be environmentally responsible, why not purchase one of our Myakka Jute Shoppers? Beat the 5p carrier bag charge with this stylish, practical and reusable shopper. Originally sourced as an alternative to plastic bags, they have more uses than we could possibly list. And they’re fair trade too!

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Myakka Winter Sale - Our Top Picks

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Myakka Winter Sale

Christmas may now be over, but don’t despair, as our Winter Sale is here! With savings of up to 50%, you could bag a real bargain across our range of furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories. The sale runs online from the 22nd December until the 28th January 2018, and from the 27th December instore. However, some of our best deals have very limited stock and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good, so don’t miss out! Here are our top picks from our Winter Sale…

Furniture Winter Sale

We’ve got some great savings across our best-selling Mallani collection. The Mallani Asymmetric Sideboard has a saving of 50%, now only £299. Offering an unusual take on a traditional sideboard, this really substantial piece has the offbeat charm we know you love. Or if you’re short on space, our popular Contemporary Nest of Tables, naturally neat and space-efficient, are now only £89!

Our Milborne collection, crafted from solid reclaimed pine, also boasts some fantastic savings, including the Milborne Bed with 50% off, now only £399 for the double. Sturdy, honest and appealing, it’s just the sort of place you’d want to sleep. Alternatively, the Milborne Glazed Dresser has a saving of £500, making it just £499 during the Winter Sale period.

Milborne Double Bed

Lighting Winter Sale

Our Lighting Sale includes savings on table lamps, floor lamps and unique feature lamps. Our Siam Driftwood Rectangular Lamp is now only £74, thanks to a saving of 50%. Handmade in Thailand by our fair trade friends and made from ethically sourced natural driftwood. It's ideal for a table top, bedside or as a hallway feature.

Or if you’re after a statement floor lamp, look no further than our Copse Floor Lamp, which is a study in elegant naturalism. And with a saving of £150, it’s now only £149!

Siam Driftwood Rectangular Lamp

Rugs Winter Sale

Looking to add some colour to your flooring at home? Our wide selection of rugs has something for everyone. Our Marroc Kilim Rug will make your visitors green with envy, especially when they find out it was 50% off in the sale! The combination of 80% wool and 20% cotton gives these fair trade rugs an incredibly hard-wearing yet yielding texture. Thus, perfect for the living room, hallway or bedroom.

Then again, if you’re looking for something a little more muted, our Natural Woven Round Rugs are durable enough for use in even the most high-traffic areas of your home. Plus, with 50% off, you can get your hands on one for as little as £49.

Marroc Kilim Rug

Accessories Winter Sale

Our collection of soft furnishings and home accessories are sure to complement your home. Get ahead with your spring cleaning and organise any post-Christmas clutter with our Hogla Rectangular Baskets. These good-looking, endlessly useful baskets are hand woven from natural seagrass on strong wire frames with cutout handles. Furthermore, they're available in two sizes, and you can save up to £12 on these storage marvels in our Winter Sale.

Finally, selected styles of our trusted Moti Ari Cushions are 50% off! Crafted from recycled wedding saris, these cushions are such wondrous creations of beguiling beads and dewy-eyed decoration.

Moti Ari Cushions Small

Of course, this is only a small selection of all the offers to be had in the sale. To see all the products in our sale, just click here.

Many of the items in our Winter Sale are discontinued, with limited stock remaining. So don’t delay and shop our sale today!

Plus, if you are lucky enough to live close to our Wincanton Warehouse Outlet, then be sure to check out our Exclusive Warehouse Clearance! With up to 70% off one-off items, end of lines and customer returns, there are lots of bargains to be had. Find out more on our website.

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Myakka's 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Welcome to the Myakka Christmas Gift Guide! Some of you may have already begun (and in some cases have even finished!) your Christmas shopping. However, we imagine that lots of you, like us, are still desperately trying to decide what to buy your family members and friends for Christmas. Luckily, we’re here to help…

For the animal lover

Here at Myakka, we love animals. And we think this comes across in our products! Whatever their favourite animal, we have something for everyone. For example, our Surin Bruno the Bear Table wins the hearts of everyone who meets him. He’s handcrafted from one piece of monkey pod wood. Practical and adorable, Bruno helpfully presents you with a chunky nature table for living room picnics and playful pastimes.

If you’re looking for a present for a dog lover, there’s no better gift than our Noodle Seagrass Dog. He’s been so admired since he arrived in the office. In fact, Dave, our lovable German Short-haired Pointer, gets jealous of all the compliments Noodle receives!

Alternatively, for a vibrant present with added comfort, how about our Indian Brocade Elephant Cushion? Colourful and stylish, these cushions will add lots of character and a touch of eastern indulgence to any home. Plus, they’re available in 3 different colours, so you can mix & match or simply choose one colour to match any home décor.

Surin Bruno The Bear Table

For the organised one

We all know someone who loves nothing more than everything being in its place. We have a whole host of storage solutions, to help with muddled shoes, piles of children’s toys and paperwork and magazines.

Our Vandara Petite Storage Seat can hold an array of items, including books, shoes and umbrellas. It’s a perfect addition to a hallway as it provides somewhere to perch while putting on your favourite pair of shoes.

The perfect gift with a range of uses, our Floral Storage Chests make a wonderful centre piece with wooden frame and hand painted ceramic drawers.  The lucky recipient can use them to store spices in the kitchen, or even as a jewellery chest on the dressing table.

Floral Storage Chests

For the bookworm

Surprise the book-lover in your life with a practical present that will become a real talking point in their home. Our Surin Painted Library Table is expertly carved to resemble a stack of beautifully bound library books. Children and grandparents alike will love this unusual occasional table. Perfect for holding TV remotes, a laptop and of course their favourite book.

For a bookworm who loves elephants, look no further than our Soapstone Hand Carved Elephant Bookends. Carved from solid soapstone, each elephant has a carving of another elephant inside it! They look great on any bookshelf and give the perfect excuse for the recipient to put their favourite books on display.

Surin Painted Library Table

For the little ones

Finding the ideal gift for the little ones needn’t be difficult. Especially not with our range of children’s toys! From the Crochet Octopus Rattle, which is perfect for babies, to the Knitted Large Diplodocus and Crochet Large Giraffe, we have the perfect companion for any child. Colourful and stimulating, they’re sure to become a cuddly friend for life.

If you haven't yet found the perfect gift in our Christmas Gift Guide...

...then why not check out the gift ideas on our website? We've got lots of ideas for any taste. Plus, don't miss out on our 3 for 2 on selected gifts & accessories offer*. Many of the gifts featured here in our Christmas Gift Guide are available in the 3 for 2 offer. But hurry, this offer ends midnight 19th December!

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