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

Savari Collection - A Global Emporium

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Throughout our travels across India, Thailand and beyond we often find special, individual pieces of furniture. We know that you, our customer, will love these pieces. However, we tend to find that they don’t fit into our traditional collections. So, we curate these curiosities within our eclectic Savari Collection. We can't miss an opportunity to bring you amazing new pieces to give that added touch of global culture to your home. 

Inspired by global travels and current fashions and trends, these funky pieces are a great way to add character and individuality to your home.

Copper-toned Nesting Tables

Our Savari Collection Highlights...

Some of our most popular Savari pieces include the Pommel Horse Leather Stool, shaped like a mini pommel horse just like you used in gym at school; it's both practical and fun used as a footstool or occasional stool. Another of our customer favourites is the Copper-Toned Trolley Table, which takes inspiration from vintage drinks trolleys. This two-tier trolley will hold a your favourite bottles and glasses ready for you to wow your guests.

Copper-toned Trolley Table


New this season in the Savari Collection is the Mandala Tray Table. It's lift-off tray top features pretty mandala patterns and sits on top of blackened metal legs. Perfect next to your sofa, this little table is a home for your drink and snack whilst watching TV. Also new this season are the Copper-toned Nesting Tables; this set of two circular nesting tables are right on-trend with their copper finish and black metal legs. The two tables nest neatly together when not in use.

Take a look at the complete Savari collection here. This range is always growing and changing so make sure you keep an eye out for new arrivals!

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Hallway Ideas - How to Make the Perfect Entrance

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

First impressions count, so make sure your hallway always looks its best. If you're looking for some refreshing hallway ideas, we have a great section of furniture and accessories which will give your entranceway the help it needs. Transform your chaotic corridor into a perfect, clutter-free welcome.

Myakka's Hallway Ideas

Console Tables

Console tables are the perfect solution for a cluttered hallway. Designed to be narrow enough to not take up too much room in your hallway but offer the most amount of storage. Our Mallani Organiser Console is perfect for compact areas and includes a useful slatted shelf for shoes and four drawers for all the essentials such as your precious house keys and long-lost pens. If you need something a little larger than the Mallani Large Console Table maybe just what you are looking for, with the same depth as the smaller version but includes slightly larger drawers and an extra slatted shelf which is perfect for shoes, or why not add some pretty baskets to store all the kids' outdoor paraphernalia. Our range of console tables also includes the exclusive Hathi Console Table with hand-carved elephant detail. Alternatively, we have the Vandara Two Drawer Hall Stand, which has hand-carved detail on the drawers, and the Bayford Hallway Table, with its funky iron framework and three mango wood shelves. There's also the smaller Thakat Hall Valet which, despite being only 55cm wide, has lots of storage capabilities.

Mallani Large Console Table

Storage Seats

A storage seat is the perfect solution if shoes are your clutter conundrum. They offer roomy storage for all the family's shoes. Plus, there's a useful to seat to so you can perch to tie your laces. We have storage seats in many different styles. Firstly, the original Mallani Storage Seat which is open fronted, the Mallani Enclosed Storage Seat which includes double doors to hide away your clutter, and the Hathi Storage Seat which has double doors adorned with hand-carved elephants. We even have half sized designs specifically for smaller hallways; Mallani Single Storage Seat and the Vandara Petite Storage Seat.

Hathi Storage Seat

Accessorise Your Hallway

Mirrors are essential additions to a hallway. They create the feeling of more space and light. Our Mallani Hallway Mirror can be hung either vertically or horizontally depending on your needs.

Alternatively, a runner or rug is a simple way of adding colour and protecting your flooring. We have a great selection of Kilim runners which are very hardwearing and will bring a touch of the Orient to your home. The Ooty Stripe Wool Kilim rug is one of our best-selling Kilims, thanks to its welcoming colours and stripe pattern. If you are looking for something a little more traditional, then our newer addition Kashi Wool Kilim Rug is perfect. Made using traditional techniques and in soft, warm colours. If you are looking for something a little more natural but want something really hard-wearing then the Border Jute Runner may be the choice for you. Made from tough jute it is perfect for high traffic areas such as hallways.

Border Jute Rug

You can find lots more hallway ideas on our website. So whatever you're looking for, we have the perfect solution for you.

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Sourcing New Fair Trade Furniture

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Simon, one of our directors, has just returned from an exciting trip to India visiting our current fair trade furniture suppliers and meeting some new ones. These overseas visits are an important part of our fair trade ethos that we make regular visits to our suppliers so we can ensure that products are being made correctly and that fair trade conditions are being maintained.

Thakat Columns - Fair Trade Furniture

New Fair Trade Furniture for Autumn

Simon goes out to India twice a year to visit our suppliers and potential new suppliers. During the visit, Simon works with our suppliers to sign off new designs for the autumn catalogue. This trip also gives him the chance to start working on new designs ready for spring 2018 and beyond.

 Lots of new fair trade furniture designs were checked and signed off ready for the Autumn 2017 catalogue. We are adding lots of new pieces to our existing collections including Mallani, Thakat, Jasmeen and Milborne. As well as additions to our furniture collections, there will also be lots of new soft furnishings, accessories and textiles that Simon and Georgie have picked out.

New Fair Trade Furniture in production

Autumn Catalogue Preparations

We can’t wait for the next few months as all the new samples arrive into Myakka HQ. We all try and sneak a peek at the new bits and pieces as soon as they come in. Then they head off to our lifestyle photography shoots in June. We then become super busy bees, working on our new catalogue and getting all the products ready to launch online.

Here at Myakka, we are very lucky to be able to design all of our furniture ourselves. We see it through from the design process to the first sample, and then through to the finished pieces. If we’re really lucky, some of our customers send us pictures of their new furniture looking great in their homes!

Keep an eye out for our autumn catalogue; it'll 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 for a new piece of fair trade furniture, let us know! Get in touch by email (hello@myakka.co.uk) or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

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Fair Trade Lighting - Let it Glow!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Fair trade lighting is the perfect way to create the ambience in your home. Whether you need to light a dark corner or create a more restful atmosphere in your living room, the right lighting can make a room both look and feel different.

Myakka's Fair Trade Lighting

At Myakka, we have a unique and eclectic collection of lighting including table lamps, floor lamps and fun and quirky feature lamps, all just a bit different to what you can find on the high street, full of character and charm.

A standard floor lamp will brighten up any dark corner. The Isra Driftwood Floor Lamp is crafted from reclaimed branches to create a unique and attractive floor lamp that looks great with either modern or more traditional decor. Alternatively, the best-selling Eastern Flare Lamps are available in your choice of two sizes making them a great option for a difficult space and they look great whether on or off!

Fair trade lighting - Eastern Flare Lamp

Our collection of table lamps offers a great choice of styles to help you create the perfect ambience. The Java Large Seagrass Lamp makes a great statement when placed in your hallway, bedroom or living room. Or how about our Natural Shell Lamp, which would make a great focal point in any room? Cleverly styled to resemble a shell or a fossil and finished with a natural shade.

Fair trade lighting - Java Large Seagrass Lamp

Make it a Feature

A feature lamp is an ideal focal point in any room. Designed to look fabulous un-lit, these lights look even better lit. Everyone wants to touch the Rattan Anemone Table Lamp, made from rattan woven into the shape of a sea anemone; this lamp casts intriguing patterns when lit.  The Bodhi Flower Lights are woven to resemble a vase of flowers but when lit they are transformed into a magical bunch with 20 small lights, available in five colour options.

Fair trade lighting - Rattan Anemone Table Lamp

Discover our full collection of fair trade lighting here. We are busy creating new designs for our lamps and lighting. If there is something that you would like to see, let us know at hello@myakka.co.uk.

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Myakka Supports Somerset Day

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Somerset Day

Thursday 11th May is Somerset Day and as a proud Somerset business, we wanted to share with you some of our favourite things about living and working in sunny Somerset. We have been based in Wincanton, Somerset, since Myakka was founded in 1999. There are so many amazing things to do here: it’s not all cider, cheese and festivals (though there is a lot of that...).

Every day is Somerset Day with attractions like these...

Exploring Ham Hill

This hill and surrounding Country Park is a great walk. Not only can you walk up the hill to see the war memorial and then back down to get a Sunday roast in the pub, but there's a stone circle, iron age ramparts and time stones.

Over 60km of Somerset coastline

...and lots of towns and villages along the way making exploring the coastline great fun. Who could resist an ice cream or fish and chips from Burnham-on-Sea or Minehead?

Explore beautiful Wells Cathedral

Considered to be one of the most beautiful of England’s gothic cathedrals, this is really worth a visit. Wells is England smallest city and well worth a walk around once you have finished admiring the amazing stain glass windows of the Cathedral.

Bath’s Roman Baths

A visit to Bath is often high on the list of priorities when visiting Somerset and the Roman Baths are well worth the trip. No visit is complete without trying some of the interesting tasting spa water itself.

Cheddar Gorge

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is well worth a visit along with the village of Cheddar itself. You can even take a tour of a cheese company which still uses Cheddar caves to age its cheese.

Hauser & Wirth, Bruton

This unique art gallery is on a restored 18th-century farm. With different contemporary art shows and exhibitions, this gallery in the pretty village of Bruton is great for a stroll. Not to mention it's free to browse.

The Frome Independent Market

Frome is a lovely town to visit at any time, but the monthly market makes it a great day out. Filled with local and artisan stall holders, you can buy anything from locally produced cheese and charcuterie to a one-of-a-kind lampshade or clothing.

Montacute House

This National Trust property is a great family day out. An amazing Elizabethan house (where lots of films and dramas have been filmed!) and beautiful grounds make a fun trip for both old and young. Moreover, the Long Gallery in the house also features an exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery of Elizabethan & Jacobean portraits. Whether or not any of these attractions appeal, there is something for everyone in Somerset. Stuffed full of history and culture it is a great place to visit, live or work.

We will leave you with our favourite Somerset fact...there are over 400 different varieties of cider apple grown in Somerset!

Finally, you can find out more about visiting Somerset here, and more about Somerset Day here. And if you're in the area - pop in for some Myakka shopping! We're waiting to welcome you, just 2 minutes off the A303, turn off at Wincanton.

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