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

To India and beyond…

Thursday, 21 March 2013




Simon has just returned from the first of two annual trips to India. This time as well as a week in India he also spent time travelling in Thailand, visiting the carvers who craft our beautiful Surin range.

As well as working on new designs for our Autumn range, the trip allowed Simon time to meet the people behind our products and see the production techniques.  We are also able to check on the quality, develop new packaging ideas and ensure that fair trade standards are being maintained.

Some of the new samples that were signed off during the trip were a selection of new lines from over ever popular Sheesham wood Mallani and Hathi ranges as well as some new lines from our new painted Mango Gypsy range that was launched this spring. After only a month since launch, the Gypsy range has been very well received and we are looking forward to adding even more cool aqua coloured pieces to the growing selection. 

As well as meeting with our furniture supplier, Simon also visited our dedicated textile supplier who we have been working with the two years now. We are working to develop new Kilim designs and ranges as well as developing our ever popular and constantly growing Moti Ari ranges which now includes wall hangings, table runners, mats and cushions.

No trip to India would be complete without visiting SKSN School who we have been working with for the last five years. We have been working to develop trade links with the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) at the school which provides training and work for pupils who have finished their formal education with the school. Whilst visiting the VTC we worked on assisting with costing, production methods and sourcing of raw materials, mainly fabric to help develop the centres capabilities.

For this trip Simon expanded his trip and went on to visit Thailand. Our Surin range is made in Thailand and Simon wanted to see the carvers in action and learn more about the production process.

He first arrived into the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and was able to soak up the atmosphere of the markets and enjoy lots of the delicious street food. From Bangkok he flew to Chaingmai where he visited production facilities and carving centres. For the first time Simon was able to watch the skilled carvers at work as they carved timber into beautiful, unique tables.  The Surin range is produced differently from our other ranges made in India as they are carved by small family communities who specialise in specific designs so one family will specialise in the SurinTwist Table and another will specialise in the Surin Library Table. After being carved in the villages the designs are brought to a production facility where they are air dried undercover in the warm Thai air, before being finished and then kiln-dried ready to be shipped to the UK.

Keep a look out for our Autumn catalogue which will feature lots of the new lines that Simon has been developing with our suppliers in both Thailand and India. We are always looking for new ideas for new products to develop and we welcome any requests from customers for new furniture designs. If you have a great idea please do share it with us, email hello@myakka.co.uk or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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Support Earth Hour and turn you lights off!

Monday, 18 March 2013


We will once again be supporting WWF Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an annual event with an aim to get as many people all over the world to turn their lights off at 8.30pm on Saturday 23rd March for one hour.

The event is now in its seventh year and now includes events taking place in 152 counties with millions of people taking part across the world. This year’s focus is on the types of energy we use and encouraging people and governments to move away from polluting fossil fuels and towards renewable green fuels such as wind and solar power. We need to work with the power of nature and not against it. Although conserving energy is important this event is about joining millions of others who want to protect the planet and showing support for a better energy future.

Earth Hour is the perfect time to spend time with friends and family doing something different. It is the perfect opportunity to have an indoor candle-lit picnic or dinner party with a menu designed specifically for earth hour by celebrity chefs, or how about getting together and listening to WWFs special audio book versions of some of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So’ stories narrated by Kevin McCloud, Alistair McGowan and Mirander Richardson. For more ideas on how to spend the hour with your lights off visit the Earth Hour website for ideas such as star gazing, having a ‘onesie’ party and instructions on how to make an origami wind turbine.



Whatever you chose to do in your hour without lights make sure you register your participation on the Earth Hour website. There are lots of hints and ideas about how to spend your earth hour as well as well as more information about Earth Hour and the things that we can do to make a difference.

So why not join the Myakka team and millions of other people around the world by turning your lights off for one hour on March 23rd at 8.30pm.


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Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and WIN a Fairtrade Hamper!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Over the last few years we have been supporting fair trade fortnight in many different ways: from holding a Fairtrade tea party, eating fair trade bananas and swapping thousands of carrier bags for fair trade jute bags. This year we are doing our bit by working with lots of Fairtrade friends to take a big step for Fairtrade. 

This year’s big theme of Fairtrade Fortnight is to go further for smallholder farmers. Despite these farmers producing 70% of the world food, these farmers often go hungry.
Here at Myakka we like to spread the fair trade word and this Fairtrade Fortnight we have featured a fair trade brand every day. To finish off the fortnight with a final flourish we have teamed up with some of our favourite Fairtrade friends to bring you a fantastic Fairtrade hamper packed full of Fairtrade goodies.
The very lucky winner of the hamper will receive


To enter our exclusive Fairtrade hamper competition simply click here.
 
We also have some very special promotion codes that will give you discounts on some of our favourite fair trade goodies. The Visionary Soap Company, who make lovely Fairtrade soap and bath bubbles,  have given Myakka customers a whopping 30% off with the code VSC30 valid until 17th March 2013, simply visit www.visionarysoap.co.uk  to claim your discount. 

Piccalilly, who make lovely clothes for babies and children are offering 15% off with the promotion code MYAKKA during fair trade fortnight. Simply visit their website www.piccalilly.co.uk to claim your discount. 

Pants to Poverty who make great Fairtrade pants and PJs from fair trade cotton have given our customers 20% off their lovely range of Men’s and Ladies pants and pyjamas. Simply visit www.pantstopoverty.com and use the promotion code FF20.

Who Made Your Pants? Make pants here is the UK using fabric from lingerie producers at the end of a season reducing landfill and then are made by marginalised women here in the UK. Who Made Your Pants? are offering Myakka customers 10% off their range of pants. Simply use the promotion code Myakka10 to claim your discount by the 10th March 2013 visit www.whomadeyourpants.co.uk.

Our friends Fair Trade Fabric, who have a great selection of fair trade fabrics, are offering Myakka customer a free pin cushions worth £3.50 with any purchase using the promotion code MYAKKA simply visit www.fairtradefabric.co.uk/ to claim yours. 

However you support Fairtrade Fortnight, make sure you enter our competition to win some amazing Fairtrade goodies. Simply click here to enter. To find out more infomrmation about our featured fair trade brands take a look at our Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ pages.
 

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Gypsy - Aqua Shades of Mango



We are always listening to customer feedback to help us develop our furniture and ranges. In response to requests for a painted range over the last year we have been working with our supplier to develop a brand new look.  We are now really pleased to launch our Gypsy range – Mango hardwood hand-painted in a mellow aqua wash.  The hand distressed aqua colour lends itself perfectly to the bevelled tops, wavy plinths and antiqued metal knobs which characterise the Gypsy range and give a subtle shabby chic feel. Carved from solid Mango hardwood, this range is truly sustainable as the Mango tree is first grown for fruit production.  At around 6 to 8 years, when it is past its commercial life for mango production, the tree is felled and the timber is crafted into furniture.

Currently we have four pieces in our new Gypsy range with more planned for the Autumn.  One of the favourite pieces here at Myakka HQ is the Gypsy Console Table. Similar in design to our best-selling Mallani Large Console Table but softened by the wavy plinth and the distressed aqua finish. This console provides the perfect amount of storage with three drawers and slatted shelves.  It is ideal for use in a hallway or dining room to provide the perfect place to tidy away all the necessaries.

 Another firm favourite is the Gypsy Storage Cubby, with nine useful cubby holes for storing everything from food to bubble bath.  Each cubby has its own brass label making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for.  This really is a go anywhere piece being as useful in the kitchen, or craft room as it is in the hall way or even the bathroom.  The two other pretty pieces that make up the Gypsy range is the Gypsy Small Cabinet and the Gypsy Glazed Cabinet. Both feature the bevelled tops and wavy plinths that give Gypsy its gentle styling and is softened further by the distressed aqua finish with antiqued metal knobs. These pieces have been designed to fit into any room in your home and will gently mellow in your décor.

We’re always interested in your feedback so please do let us know what you think of this exciting new range, email us at hello@myakka.co.uk

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