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Myakka Blog

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

India Visit - new furniture designs

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Georgie and Simon, Myakka's founders, have recently been out to India to visit our suppliers and SKSN School which we have been supporting since 2008.

As well as working on new designs for our spring range, the trip allowed Georgie & 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. During the visit, Simon and Georgie attended a tree planting ceremony where they planted sheesham trees that will be used for furniture in the years to come.

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, Thakat and Hathi ranges as well as some new lines from our new painted mango Maison  range that was launched this autumn. After only a few month since launch, the Maison range has been very well received and we are looking forward to adding further lime washed pieces to the growing selection. 

As well as meeting with our furniture supplier, Simon & Georgie 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 soft furnishing range to include more quilts, throws, cushions and wall hangings.

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 that provides training and work for pupils who have finished their formal education with the school. Whilst visiting the VTC Simon & Georgie worked on assisting with costing, production methods and sourcing of raw materials, mainly fabric to help develop the centres capabilities. During their visit, they both took some time out for the children ayt the school to henna their hands which is always one of the highlights of a trip to SKSN. As well as visiting SKSN School, Georgie and Simon got to see some of the work that the IMAGE (India mix ability group events) is doing with people around Rajasthan, challenging the way they think about disability through sport.

Keep a look out for our spring catalogue that will feature lots of the new lines that Simon & Georgie have been developing with our suppliers in 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 or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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Shabby Chic Style

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

If you’re a fan of the shabby chic style for your home, then we have a great selection of furniture and accessories that will really help you achieve this stylish look. Both our Gypsy and Maison ranges are mango wood finished with a painted, slightly distressed finish. The Coast range would also really suit a shabby chic style with a whitewash finish combined with a natural waxed finish to draw fronts and table tops.  The shabby chic style looks can create a really relaxed and romantic look with lightly distressed furniture

These three ranges are all crafted from mango hardwood  and so are 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.

Gypsy Range – Aqua Shades of mango
Our Gypsy range has been going from strength to strength since it was launched 18 months ago. Mango hardwood is hand-painted in a mellow aqua wash and then hand distressed to create a lovely shabby chic look and feel. The aqua colour of the gypsy range lends itself perfectly to the bevelled tops, wavy plinths and antiqued metal knobs which characterise the range and give a subtle shabby chic feel.

Maison Range - French Styling in lime-washed mango

The Maison range was introduced autumn 2014 and has been a great success with new products being added this spring to add to the range. Inspired by French style and features cabriole legs and carved detailing finished with a lime-washed effect for a soft appearance. This romantic range includes renaissance styling with a gentle lime wash finish to create the perfect shabby chic finish.

Coast Range – Whitewash mango with hand waxed warmth
Along with the Maison range, the Coast range was introduced Spring 2014 and has so far proven to be very popular. With contrasting warm wax and weathered whitewash finishes, this range is quintessentially country in styling. Made in Rajasthan, India from mango wood the coast range features antiqued cup handles and sleek hand waxed tops and drawer fronts. The Coast range would sit perfectly in any shabby chic styled home.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match your furniture. Part of the shabby chic charm is that the different styles and  pieces of furniture look great together. So team your favourite antique side table with a shabby chic styled coffee table and TV unit to create a relaxed, eclectic look. However you style you shabby chic home, it will create a relaxed and comfortable feel that is perfect for a busy home.

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