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Myakka Blog

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

Asian Adventure!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Simon has just returned from a whistle stop tour around Asia to meet with our current suppliers and work with some potential new ones. During the trip, Simon visited India, Thailand and Singapore and whilst there, signed off new furniture and accessory designs in our Mallani, Hathi and Thakat ranges. These samples will arrive in the UK in October and will be featured in our new catalogue in autumn 2014. These trips over to India are really important to us as it means we can work with our suppliers to ensure that the new furniture designs are exactly as we want them. As many of our furniture designs are based on customer requests, we work extra hard to make sure the finished product is exactly what you want.

During his quick tour around Asia, Simon also visited our Surin suppliers in Thailand. We have some lovely new Surin lines on the way which will be ready for our catalogue in the autumn. During this visit Simon was able to collaborate with production to ensure product quality and to enhance the quality control process. Watching the skilled carvers at work is always mesmerising - as they carve beautiful tables and stools from a lump of trunk!

Simon finished off his trip  in Singapore by taking in a trade fair where he was able to meet potential new suppliers and get lots of new ideas for new furniture designs and ranges.

We can’t wait for the summer when all the samples start to arrive here at Myakka HQ ready for photography. We love designing new products and it is great to be able to see the whole process from design and manufacture to finally seeing the finished pieces of furniture in the catalogue and then on into customer homes. Many of our designs are based on customer requests, so if there is a piece of furniture you feel we’re missing let us know... email us at or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Watch this space to get the first looks at some exciting new additions….

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Myakka are back at Grand Designs Live 2014!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

We’re excited to be bringing Myakka to you for a limited period at the Grand Designs Live 2014 exhibition at London’s Excel from 3 – 11 May 2014.

Why not take the opportunity to pop and see us on stand L80 in the INTERIORS hall?  It’s a great chance to touch and feel the hand-crafted quality of our products first hand and to see how our fabulous fair trade furniture can be accessorised with our growing range of ethnic-inspired home accessories.

We are also delighted to have 10 pairs of FREE tickets to giveaway!  

And the winners are....
Anna Louise Powell 
Rhiannon Healey 
Emma Smith 
Anna Marikar 
Vicki Turnbull 
Sarah Holmes 
Heather Hampson 
Emma Chester 
Ray Dodds 
Jade Bradshaw 
Congratulations winners!  We look forward to meeting you at Grand Designs Live 2014 - in order that we can send you your tickets please contact Liz by email with your postal address or phone 0845 460 3122 to claim.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Grand Designs Live 2014 is expected to be an even bigger and better event than ever before. Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event will be packed with over 500 exhibitors, across seven different sections, covering interiors, gardens, food and housewares, kitchens and bathrooms, home improvement, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping.  If you are in the middle of your own GRAND design or simply looking for some ideas and inspiration, this is a show not to be missed.

(Children under 15 enter free when accompanied by an adult.)

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Support Earth Hour and turn your lights off!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

What will you be doing on Saturday 29th March at 8.30pm? We will join millions of people around the world by turning our lights off in support of WWF EarthHour.  Earth Hour is an annual event with an aim to get as many people as possible all over the world to turn their lights off for one hour.

This event is now in its eighth year and includes events taking part in 154 countries and 7,000 towns & cities worldwide. It is a great way of doing a little bit to help our planet and also the perfect way to celebrate our planet!

There are lots of ways to spend an hour in the dark. The WWF Earth Hour site has a list of 60 ideas of how to spend an hour in the dark. Some of our favourites include hosting a candle lit dinner, or having a board game evening, or if you’re feeling a little crafty why not make your own lanterns from jam jars? Our favourite idea is to wrap up warm and have a picnic followed by some star gazing.

However you choose to spend your hour in the dark, make sure you register your event on the Earth Hour website.  Once there you will find lots of hints and tips about how to spend an hour in the dark and plenty of resources such as celebrity narrated Just So stories and recipe ideas from celebrity chefs. 

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 29th at 8.30pm?

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Give Fair Trade this Mothering Sunday

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Our Mums deserve to sit back and put their feet up on Mothering Sunday, this year on March 30th. Why not make the day even more special by giving them a fair trade gift that they can keep forever! Here at Myakka we have a great selection of gifts and accessories as well as our fair trade furniture which make the perfect present. Why not give your mum something for our top 10 gift ideas…
This useful little chest is perfect for storing spices in the kitchen or will suit sitting on a dressing table storing jewellery and nick-nacks. This pretty chest is available with either 6 or 16 drawers and in a natural finish.
These pretty scarves make the perfect gift. Made form 100% Lambswool and light enough to wear on a bright spring day but soft enough to keep you warm when the sun goes down these spotty scarves are available in 3 elegant colours that will coordinate with any outfit.
The perfect gift for the women who has everything! These boxes are decorated with a traditional bird pattern with vibrant colours. The pretty boxes are great for storing everything from craft materials and stationery to jewellery and make-up.
Your mum deserves to put her feet up, give her the perfect opportunity with one of our pretty patchwork footstools. Available in four colours, our favourite in this pretty purple version.
This table is a must for any elephant lovers out there! A gentle ellie shaped table with beautiful ceremonial flower art carving on the top and sides to give this table a very grand feeling despite its friendly looking face.
A photo frame is a great present for a tricky Mum to buy for. In either a natural or dark wood finish this frame gives you five apertures to fill with your mums and your favourite images.
These quilts are made from soft voile cotton with a gorgeous baroque pattern that will bring a touch of serenity to your mums bedroom. Available in two colours, these quilts are the perfect accompaniment to crisp, white bedding.
Tealight holders are a great gift and will create a warm, relaxing atmosphere for your Mum when lit. This set of 2 has both a large and small tealight holder made from iron with delicate tree detailing and a gold finish on the inside.
Available in wither portrait or landscape version this attractive wall plaque depicts Buddha with an antiqued gold finish with subtle highlights of red and green. This wall plaque will bring a touch of the east to any room.
These tables make the perfect gift. A true Myakka favourite these tables and both attractive and functional providing the perfect perch for a cuppa but store neatly away when not in use.

Whatever you get your Mum this Mothering Sunday make sure you not only buy her a gift but also spend some quality time with her! 

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Support International Women’s Day

Thursday, 6 March 2014

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future and is this year being held on Saturday 8th March.

According to the UN, women do around 67% of the work in the world, but receive 30-40% less than men for comparable work, and many in developing countries receive no remuneration at all.   Although, here in the UK we have come a long way since the time of the suffragettes and achieved political, social and economic equality, in many countries this in not the case. To improve this, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) is urging governments to make changes to stop this inequality and embrace an agenda for change.

So, to show the world how fair trade can make a difference to everyone’s lives, WFTO is celebrating the inspiring women who participate in fair trade enterprise across the world.  Fair Trade helps improve the lives of women globally by promoting sustainable livelihoods and development opportunities, and by ensuring those who do the work reap the reward of their efforts.

Here at Myakka, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the women of SKSN School for physically challenged children who attend the vocational training centre (VTC) to learn seamstress skills.  Once their studies are complete, the young women use their developed skills to produce cushions, throws, bags and clothing providing an income and independence for them and their families.

Myakka has worked closely with SKSN School since 2009 providing regular annual donations towards both the school requirements and the VTC project specifically.  We have developed a range of soft furnishing products hand produced by SKSN for sale here at Myakka.  Not a charitable purchase, these products are the very essence of our passion for fair trade. The materials are locally sourced, the work is done with enthusiasm and there's no compromise on quality, giving simply beautiful results. 

Currently we have a range four products we have developed with SKSN. Our original Pure Silk Cushions were the first design and are an evergreen favourite. Our Sari Patchwork Cushions and Sari Patchwork Bedspread are a popular addition to the range and look great on a bed together. The final addition to the range is the Sari Patchwork Shoulder Bag, the perfect accessory for any outfit!

Discrimination, inequality and injustice against females continue to be global problems that call for more action.  Grassroots fair trade projects across the world can help improve the lives of women and their families, providing education and training for a better future.  By supporting fair trade and International Women’s Day, we can each help to recognise and promote these steps towards equality.  

Delivery at Myakka

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

We deliver all over the UK with an aim of getting all in stock orders out to its new home in 14 days, but it is often even faster! We have worked to make our delivery as easy as possible to understand as different size items of furniture and accessories have different delivery charges – however no matter what you order there is only ever one delivery charge per order!

We have worked hard to make sure our delivery prices are fair and transparent wherever you’re based in UK.  When you order online your full delivery cost will be calculated based on your postcode before you complete your order so you know exactly how much it is going to be at the time of ordering.

When you order furniture from us we always give you a call to discuss the delivery details before we despatch your item from our warehouse. We never want to leave your beautiful furniture sitting on the doorstep, that’s why we need your day time phone number.

Standard delivery is £4.95 for smaller pieces of furniture and most accessories and soft furnishings, larger pieces of furniture are priced in the grid - the lorry symbols are displayed against every product both online and in our catalogue to indicate if additional delivery services apply... just look out for the little trucks! 

Delivery+ - denotes a pre-booked delivery, usually within 14 days, with your items being carried into the room of your choice and all packaging removed.  UK Highland & Island deliveries or outlying areas are calculated by postcode as shown.

Standard Delivery – most of our soft furnishings, gifts and accessories fall into this category as well as some of our smaller furniture items such as our Contemporary Nest of Tables and the Surin Infinity Table. This is a one-man service either through Royal Mail or our dedicated courier and covers delivery to your door.
Standard: Medium Lift – This covers furniture which only requires a one man delivery service such as our Hathi Cupboard and the Thakat Blanket Boxes. This is a one-man service through our dedicated couriers and covers delivery to your door.

Delivery+: Large Lift – This includes some of our bigger furniture which requires a two man delivery service including pre-booked delivery, usually within 14 days, with your items being carried into the room of your choice and all packaging removed. Items within this bracket include Mallani Storage Seat and the Hathi TV Unit.

Delivery+: Extra Lift - This is for the heaviest and bulkiest items of furniture and some lines which require assembly such as our Dining Tables. Again this is a two man delivery service including a pre-booked delivery, usually within 14 days, with your items being carried into the room of your choice and all packaging removed. Other items requiring this service include the Mallani Glazed Dresser and the Kediri Teak Classic Sideboard.

Our customer service team will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding delivery and also receive your feedback on our revised tariffs.  They love a chat and are very knowledgeable so give them a call on 0845 460 3122 (local rate) or email!

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