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

Vandara & Milborne - new for autumn

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

This autumn we introduced two new furniture collections, Vandara and Milborne. The ranges have been designed based on customer feedback we have received.  When looking to develop a new collection we work very closely with our suppliers to make sure every detail is right.

Vandara - hand carved flowers & flourishes
Our new Vandara range celebrates intricate hand carving with beautiful lotus flower inspired carvings on drawer and door fronts surrounded by gently whitewashed mango wood. To complete the look, drawers and doors are finished with a delicate brass dropper handle which complements the delicate floral carvings.

This delicate, feminine collection has been hand crafted in India by skilled artisans who take their time to create the hand carved leaves and lotus blossom from solid wood. Due to the hand carved nature, each piece will be a true artistic original. Exclusive to Myakka, responsibly sourced and fairly traded, each piece has a hand-rubbed whitewash finish to highlight the elaborate carving and lend a soft sophistication. Mango wood is a very sustainable hardwood as the fast growing trees are first grown for fruit, and then used for timber once they stop fruiting.  Take a look at the complete Vandara collection here.

Milborne - characterful country furniture
Milborne is the second new furniture collection this autumn. Made by craftsmen in Vietnam from solid reclaimed pine, the furniture is hand painted in ivory with a warm, natural waxed top. Nail holes and wood knots from the timber’s previous life lend individuality to each piece: this range is as far from mass-produced as you could hope.

Hand crafted by skilled artisans in Vietnam, this country style range will look great with any home. As each piece is crafted from ethically reclaimed solid pine wood, each piece is slightly different, with hand-sawn texture, previous nail holes and knot details -  it really is unique. Take a look at the complete Milborne collection here.

Take a look at all our new additions this autumn here.

Don’t forget, we always like to hear customer suggestions and requests, some of our most popular furniture has been suggested by customers who needed something a bit different. Let us know at or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Lamps & Lighting

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

This autumn we welcome lots of lovely new lamps and lights to the Myakka collection. With new floor lamps, table lamps and ceiling pendants, there will be something to help every home welcome the longer nights. So close the curtains, relax on the sofa with your favourite throw and chose the perfect lighting to create a cosy atmosphere.

The Celestial Lamp collection has five lamp designs all with pretty shell detailing.  Hand finished in Indonesia using shells that are left over from the food industry, these lamps are both attractive and practical, casting a glow around your room. The Celestial Column Floor Lamp and the Celestial Torus Lamp both use whole shells, whereas the Celestial Globe Lamp, Celestial Convex Floor Lamp and The Celestial Gold Globe Lamp all use pieces of shell to create a stunning mosaic effect.  

If you’re after a new ceiling light, the Honeycomb Ceramic Pendant Lamp is a great choice. Available in two colours (truffle and blue), these lamps would look great hung in the centre of your room or hung low in a group over a dining table. The Joel Rattan Pendant Lamp is a take on Skandi style which as a spherical shaped rattan shade woven around a sturdy wire frame. It would look great in any room of your home but try it hung in your bedroom or living room.

A table lamp is the perfect addition to a dark corner in your living room or dining room. We have a number of new designs this season including the Mercury Glass Lamp, the Lustre Glass Table Lamp and the Jute Wrapped Bottle Lamp. These three lamps have been hand styled from glass bottles to create attractive and individual lamps that will add style to your home.

Our favourite new lamp this autumn has to be the Surin Elephant Lamp. Carved from a single piece of monkey pod wood by the same skilled artisans as the rest of our Surin range, this elephant lamp is sure to be a talking point in your home.

With the clocks about to go back and the nights drawing in, make sure your home is cosy and comfy by creating the perfect atmosphere with lighting.

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Myakka’s Autumn Harvest

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

It’s time to reap the harvest of our labours and this season we are delighted to bring you some Myakka-firsts with two brand new exclusive solid wood furniture collections and an exciting selection of new home accessories to freshen up your home.

Inspired by the lotus flower, this collection is the polar opposite of machine-made uniformity, our beautifully decorative new range is crafted in India from solid mango wood with hand-carved leaves and lotus blossoms – one of the most sacred flowers in Eastern cultures and a symbol of purity and rebirth. Like all our furniture, the wood has been responsibly sourced and fairly traded, each piece has a hand-rubbed whitewash finish to highlight the elaborate carving and lend a soft sophistication. Each is so unique like a vintage-find – a unique one-off to add personality to your home. But we have a comprehensive collection of 10 pieces with which you could immerse yourself completely. Try our bedroom collection comprising a Vandara Bed, Vandara Wardrobe, Chest of Drawers and Bedside Cabinets.  Other unique pieces include a stunning Vandara Hallway Table, Vandara Blanket Box and Vandara Two Door Cupboard.

With an honest country character and welcoming homely appeal we know you love, this exclusive collection is craftsman-made in Vietnam from solid reclaimed pine with an ivory paint and warm natural waxed finish. And besides its fair trade credentials, the collection is set apart by the nail holes & wood knots that lend individuality to every piece as they allude intriguingly to the timber's previous life.  In the living room, the Milborne Coffee Table, Nest of Tables and a choice of corner or standard TV units would bring a fresh update.  Milborne also offers a clever Extending Dining Table seating from 4 to 6 diners and with the matching chairs, provides a coordinated look for your dining room.  The Milborne Glazed Display Cabinet, Milborne Wine Sideboard and Milborne Hallway Table might also complete the look.

We are also delighted to welcome new additions in our popular sheesham Jasmeen collection.  A new Dining Table to accompany our upholstered dining chairs means that you can enjoy the whole Jasmeen effect at mealtimes and celebrations.  In the bedroom, our new Jasmeen Bed, Wardrobe and Cheval Dressing Mirror make a coordinated scheme for grown-up chambers.  Although, it’s such a versatile collection, the Jasmeen pieces co-ordinate well with your existing pieces. A new Jasmeen Corner TV Unit and Jasmeen Midi Bookcase join the collection to complete the collection for your living room or office spaces.

We can’t forget to mention our striking new Fandango Velvet Armchair and Footstool too. Vibrantly striped cotton velvet and brimming with artistic flair, this knockout pair are just the perfect imaginative addition to give any home an edge. Buy the chair and the footstool together and save £90!

On his travels, Simon has made some fantastic new discoveries in home accessories too.

Our Celestial lamp collection is all handmade in Indonesia from ethically sourced oyster shells that have been repurposed for iridescent lighting. Other new lamps, sourced in India, are made from handblown glass and jute.  Also from India, our new Honeycomb Ceramic Pendant Lamps are our first fully wired ceiling lights, along with a retro-inspired Joel Rattan Pendant Lamp.  And we can’t forget to mention our triumphant new Surin Elephant Lamp – from the same skilled artisan workshop as our Surin Carved elephants, this ellie carries a lamp shade, making a statement in any room!

An encounter with a sustainable, natural fibre weaving manufacturer from Vietnam also means we are proud to introduce a new range of rugs, pouffes and occasional tables.  Handwoven from seagrass, water-hyacinth and cornhusk, our collection includes Natural Woven Round Rugs, Natural Hand-Woven Pouffes and Natural Handwoven Rectangular Rugs.  We also introduce new Bamboo Natural Woven Side table & Coffee Tables from a new supplier in Indonesia.  All these pieces are light enough to be portable yet robust enough to withstand everyday use and would look great in a light and airy décor such as a conservatory or garden room, or even moved outdoors on a lovely day.

As usual, this season, we welcome fresh new kilims, cushions and decorative pieces to refresh your home – highlights this autumn include:

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Top Marks!

Monday, 5 September 2016

For the fourth year running we have scored 100/100 in the Ethical Company Organisation Good Shopping Guide. The Ethical Company Organisation (ECO) indexes each company based on a number of factors including impact on the environment, human rights and animal rights and we have scored 100!

The ECO carries out research based on 15 ethical criteria under three general headings of Environment, Animals and People to give each company an overall ethical score. The aim to encourage companies and businesses to uphold high ethical standards by highlighting both the good ethical practices and underlining the more negative practices that need to change.

Here at Myakka, we're delighted to have received a top Ethical Company Index (ECI) score of 100 in their latest research, ahead of larger high-street retailers such as Homebase, John Lewis and B&Q. To see the full report on furniture retailers, please click here.

We've been awarded the Ethical Accreditation for our corporate social responsibility since 2009 and have earned our place in the Good Shopping Guide also.  This leading directory provides detailed information on everything from banks to butter, washing machines to jeans to help consumers make informed decisions on shopping with a clear conscience.

We work hard here at Myakka to ensure that we trade ethically and we are excited and proud to achieve this top score!

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