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Myakka Blog

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

The Myakka Furniture Design Process

Monday, 22 November 2010

It's a long journey from tree to furniture and we thought we'd share with you just how it's done!

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It all starts with an idea, whether it's a customer request or an idea from our in-house design team.  Once initial drawings have been finalised, they are shared with our manufacturers in India who make up samples. Our bi-annual visits to our suppliers are timed to collaborate with them to finalise these designs and ensure we are 100% happy with the final piece. It's also at these visits when we monitor the quality of existing products and team working conditions too.

It's a short wait, while samples are shipped over by sea, before arrival at our Somerset HQ. And it's at this time that a final decision is made as to whether a piece makes it into the next season's selection or not. For those successful items it is over to our suppliers for the next 10-12 weeks as they put them into production. 

Our wood is sourced from government-managed plantations ensuring its sustainability. Sheesham is a fast growing hardwood - trees mature within 10-15 years, making it authentically sustainable. It's  processed into timber, kiln dried and treated with insecticides, before being transformed into the furniture we know and love by skilled carpenters.  Hand carved features, such as our Hathi range, are outsourced to a specialist craftsman.

Once final approved samples are in production we have fun at photography, taking the very best images of the furniture we can for our website and catalogue. From start to finish, the whole process takes about six months, from product design to the catalogue delivery to you.

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