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

A Grand Designs Success

Thursday, 17 May 2012

We have just returned from one of our most successful trips to Grand Designs LIVE. This was our fourth time exhibiting at the show and we had a great time meeting lots of customer, both new and existing and talking to lots of people about our furniture and the Myakka ethos.

After a pretty slick set up on Friday 4th May (except for a missing mattresses!) we were ready for the show to open on Saturday Morning. Five of the Myakka team manned the show throughout the nine day period and we all came back to the office feeling positive after chatting to existing customers about their furniture and telling lots of new customers all about Myakka.

We took as many new furniture and accessory lines as possible to the exhibition so we could show as many customer as possible all the new lovely things we have. This year we took lots of new pieces from our Hathi range including the Hathi Double Bed, Hathi Corner Cupboard, Hathi Carved Coffee Tables and the Hathi Brass Cupboard. Lots of customers commented that they love the elephants and suggested great new ideas to add to the range. People were intrigued to hear how each of the Sheesham Elephants were hand carved before being put together to create the finished piece of furniture. This means that no two pieces will ever be the same.

This year we ran a competition to give away a Surin Infinity Table every day of the show. This little table is one of our best sellers and the competition proved really popular with hundreds of people entering. We had nine very happy winners all of whom have a lovely Surin Infinity Table on the way out to them.

We always find Grand Designs LIVE a great way to get new ideas for new furniture pieces from our customers. At the end of the show our notebook was full of suggestions for new items and our furniture design team are now busy working on sketching these ideas ready to be sent over to our manufacturer in India to be made into prototypes. We always love to hear ideas for new designs, so please let us know if there is something we are missing from our range, let us know on Facebook or Twitter or send us an email to

After nine busy days at the show, Sunday evening came around and the close down went without a hitch with the team back in Somerset by 11pm (which is a new record for pack down!). As everyone knows unpacking is the worst part of being away and with two vans to go through the Warehouse team had a busy Monday morning unpacking all the furniture and accessories as well as packing all the orders!

We hope everyone who visited Grand Designs LIVE had a great time and went home feeling as inspired as we did. We saw loads of amazing things at the show including the longest sofa any of us had ever seen!

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