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Myakka Blog

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

Exclusive Offers!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

As some of you may be aware we have recently stepped into the world of Facebook and Twitter. As a thank you to all the lovely people who like us on Facebook we are offering an exclusive Facebook sale promotion code.

If you would like to be kept up to date with what is happening at Myakka and be kept informed with all the latest offers and promotions simply ‘like’ us on Facebook. Or if you prefer to Tweet why not follow us on Twitter.

If you are interested in your chance to get some exclusive Facebook discounts, such as an extra £10 off the Winter Sale price of our best selling Contemporary Nest of Tables making them only £99,  all you have to do is simply ‘like’ us on Facebook.

But hurry this offer ends with the sale on Sunday 29th January 2012, so shop NOW!

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From tree to cupboard

Monday, 23 January 2012

Myakka furniture goes through a long process: from an idea to be a finished piece of furniture. We thought we would share with you the process from tree to being a beautiful piece of hard wood furniture for your home.

We are always listening to our customer request for new furniture designs and are always keen to hear your ideas. Using this information our in house Designers set about designing new furniture pieces that we think would look beautiful in your home. Once these designs have been finalised, they are sent over to our supplier in India who make up these designs. We always time one of our bi-annual visits to our suppliers in India to work with them to finalise these designs and make sure we are 100% happy with the final item. During these visits we also monitor the quality of existing products and ensure working conditions are up to scratch.

The next step is to await the sample to arrive at Myakka in Somerset. Everything is shipped over from India rather than flown (to be kinder to the environment) so patience is the name of the game as we all eagerly await the new prototypes to arrive.  Once arrived and after a thorough inspection,   the final decision is then made on the item, if liked it goes to be photographed and a detailed specification is made up; or if not so successful it moves into the Clearance section of our Warehouse Outlet. For successful items it is down to our suppliers for the next 10-12 weeks as they manufacture the new items.

The wood is sourced from government maintained plantations which ensures the sustainability of the wood. Sheesham is a fast growing hardwood and the trees are mature within 10-15 years, making it a truly sustainable material. The wood is then processed into timber, kiln dried and treated with insecticides to kill any bugs. This is then used by the skilled carpenters who change it into the furniture we know and love.  If the piece of furniture requires hand carving this is outsourced to a sub contractor who are particularly skilled in this to ensure the most beautiful craftsmanship.

Once these samples have been finalised, approved and are in production we get down to the business of photography, adding it to the website and into the catalogue. All in all the whole process takes about 6 months to complete, from design to the catalogue and finally to your home.

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Nominate us! Observer Ethical Awards

Friday, 20 January 2012

A kind person emailed us on Wednesday to let us know that they had nominated us for the Observer Ethical Awards for being an ethical retailer.

We didn’t know much about these awards until then and but after having a look around we would love to part of them!  So if you think that we are an ethical retailer worthy of these prestigious awards please click here and vote for Myakka, Wincanton. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete and is really easy.

So if you have ever been impressed with our friendly and helpful customer service, or were amazed at how fast the warehouse despatched your order, if you love our great selection of fair trade, hard wood furniture and our growing selection of fair trade home accessories please spare a minute or two and nominate us!

Not only will you feel great about nominating us, but for every nomination you make, you could win the chance to win an ethical break to Denmark!  So why not give it a go?

To make your nominations click here and follow these simple instructions...

Click 'Nominate or enter here'

Click 'enter' — enter your details

Click 'Submit'

Click 'Retailer'

Click 'Nominate now'

Enter 'Myakka' in the 'name of retailer of website' box and 'Wincanton, Somerset' in the 'Branch (Town/City)' box

Click 'submit'

Click 'Finish' at the bottom of the page. Very important!

Done! You will then receive an email confirmation to confirm you have voted.

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