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Myakka Blog

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

Update from SKSN

Thursday, 26 April 2012

During Simon and Robert’s recent trip to India the pair checked in with SKSN school to catch up with all that has been going on with the school. We have been working with the school, which is home to around 550 physically challenged children as well as providing vocational training scheme for school leavers, for some years and the visit is always the highlight of the trip.

In our last update we mentioned that Myakka now sponsored the vocational training center for girls of school leaving age. The girls are taught basic sewing skills which should provide them with means of finding employment. This kind of project is vital for giving every girl the skills to be able to gain a job when leaving school despite any disability she may have.

Myakka is now the main sponsor of the vocational training center and our aim is to grow and expand this. Georgie is now a trustee of the Indiability Foundation and her lead project is to develop the VTC so it can begin to make money and become a more viable business which will create more jobs for school leavers from SKSN.

Watch this space for more updates from SKSN school!

To find out more about SKSN please click here>>

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A very worthy cause!

Friday, 20 April 2012


Here at Myakka we like to support a number of great charities both locally and overseas in India. Along with the Somerset Community Foundation we also support the Genesis Trust. This amazing charity helps people in Bath (just under an hour away from Myakka HQ) who are socially vunerable; including the homeless and the unemployed.  To help we donate some of our damaged furniture to the trust who use it to help vulnerable people.

So far, we have made two donations of damaged furniture to the trust, which they’re able to either resale and keep 100% of the price,  use it to help develop skills in woodwork or if it beyond repairing they can use the wood to create something new. We love the fact that not only is our furniture recycled but people are able to learn new skills which they will be able to apply within their lives.

Any of the furniture which requires some work goes to The Woodworks project which helps the long term unemployed. The participants gain industry recognised qualifications and much needed experience. During the placements participants learn how to repair and refurbish furniture, all of which has been donated.  So far we have made two donations, the first in November 2011 and then February 2012, the full retail price of these donations would have reached around £27,500 worth of furniture. The restored furniture is then sold in the Genesis Trust shop with the trust retaining all the profit.

Any of the donated furniture which is able to be sold goes to the Furniture Project which sells on the furniture and the team are able to keep 100% of the profits. The Furniture Project is open to the public Monday to Friday and sells a collection of donated furniture and household goods.

For more information about the great work by Genesis Trust please click here.

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Latest news from India

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Simon and Robert have just returned from the first of our two annual trips to India to visit our suppliers and SKSN school who we help support. This was Roberts first ever trip to India -  the whole trip was a real eye opener for him! Once again lots of the new samples were gone through and signed off.

One of the main reasons for visiting our suppliers is to sign off new samples and to build on the excellent relationship that we have with our suppliers. It also gives us the chance to develop new relationship with new suppliers as well as monitor the whole supply chain to make sure all Myakka furniture is fair trade. A selection of samples were signed of including new additions to our new Orissa range and more additions to our Mallani, Thakat, Chandra and Hathi ranges.

During the trip Robert celebrated his birthday with some chocolate cake and a ride in a cart pulled by a camel. As part of our supplier’s birthday tradition, Simon and Robert visited a community for sufferers of leprosy and delivered food and sweets to those in need.

Simon and Robert also visited SKSN School which regular readers of our blog will know we support with donations and through the vocational training scheme which produces some of our cushions such as our Pure Silk Cushions.

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As seen on 60 Minute Make Over!

Thursday, 5 April 2012


Once again some of our furniture has appeared on 60 Minute Make Over. This is the 10th 60 Minute make Over show which we have donated some of our furniture to, and what a worthy cause! This make over was completed by designer Derek Taylor for Mother and Grandmother Sue who lost her husband to cancer and is now going through chemotherapy herself.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show. 60 Minute make Over, has a time limit of 60 minutes to completely make over a selection of rooms in someone deserving home. Once again the team did a great job and we love seeing the end result. We especially love seeing our furniture look so good in someone’s home.

This episode aired on the 2nd April featured our Mallani Triple Sideboard, Mallani Small Bedside Cabinet and Mallani Dressing Table. To watch the episode for yourself simply click here

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