Myakka has beautiful stories to tell
The story of our founding in a tiny warehouse in Somerset. The story of our first trip to India where we built friendships that endure today. The stories of the makers of our handcrafted furniture & home decor. The stories behind the pieces themselves. And most importantly, the story of your home, the place where your individual style springs to life.
Fair trade before it was fashionable; ethics are the foundation of our story. Our suppliers and communities mean the world to us and we consider them partners and friends. In the early days of Myakka, our children played with their children, and we stayed in their homes when we visited. We’ve grown now, and so have all the children, but this personal touch is still part of everything we do.
Our beautifully handcrafted, sustainably sourced furniture & home decor are built to love and last. High quality, kiln dried woods, traditionally hand loomed rugs. Individual pieces to be passed down, crafted with care by the artisans who created them.
Like the story of your home, the Myakka story is one we will never stop writing. Always striving to give our customers the best service, our team in Somerset is dedicated and proud. Tell us what you want or need and we will do our best to deliver.
We believe that if the products you choose mean something to the person who made them, then they will carry even more meaning for the person who takes them home. Thank you for making us part of your story. – Georgie, Simon and the Myakka team
Myakka offers you a way to furnish your home that’s truly unique. Full of warmth and personality, our exclusive hardwood furniture collections are designed by us and handmade by expert craftspeople to combine exceptional quality, outstanding value and the kind of one-off charm that’s rare in today’s mass-produced world.
As far away from ‘throwaway’ as it’s possible to get, Myakka furniture is made to the highest standards using kiln-dried woods for a long and beautiful life. Most items are delivered fully assembled, and all come with our promise of outstanding service with a personal touch – whether you shop online, over the phone or in our Warehouse Outlet.
We’re a business that’s all about people and the environment. Since 1999, fair trade has been at the heart of everything we do – from the suppliers we’ve built partnerships with, to the communities we’re part of. All our wood is sustainable.
Fair Trade & Ethical Sourcing
Every Myakka product you choose is useful, beautiful, dependable and enduring. That way, fair trade is neither a charity nor a compromise but a real delight you’ll be proud to welcome into your home. Between Myakka and our main suppliers in India, Vietnam and Thailand, we negotiate fair and proper prices and we pay for our furniture as each shipment sets sail. No waiting, no cash flow issues, no financial juggling. We’ve been working together for years now, and the way we work means we’re a big part of the progress and growth.
Myakka’s success brings more jobs, more trade and more financial stability not just for the company but for the families and community it supports. Their smaller subcontractors thrive too. For example, through growing trade, one has been able to buy the land that its workshops are on. We see it all happening when we visit twice a year and we celebrate all these continuous developments. We’re proud to be part of what’s being achieved in every department, especially for the people we’ve come to know so well.
Sourcing sustainable timber
All our high quality furniture is a friend for life, made from richly grained sheesham, mango, monkey pod and reclaimed pine. These fast growing woods are sourced for us from government-managed, sustainable plantations in India, Thailand, Vietnam and beyond. The beautiful wood is kiln dried to stabilise its properties before being waxed by hand to protect and deepen the lustre of the grain. Where required, we may use small quantities of MDF, for example in some drawer bases or backs of units. Where this is the case, all the MDF is CARB Certified. This material is made of recycled industrial waste and conforms to EU Regulations.
Sheesham plantation project
While the timber supply comes from Government managed sources, we’re keen to go a step further and plant additional sheesham to secure supply well into the future. Since 2014, we’ve been working to establish a sheesham replanting programme and have planted more than 15,000 saplings. A truly grassroots project involving a handful of dedicated individuals, a group of 15 farmers in the state of Haryana and a lot of combined effort. Watch this space for more updates as this brilliant project grows…
Impact on our planet
Every operation has an impact on the environment and we work to minimise our footprint as far as we can. At Myakka, we have identified our key areas of impact on our planet as the use of timber in the production of furniture, raw materials in the production of soft furnishings, and CO2 emissions from transporting our products. Additionally, we are committed to importing by sea, not air, and this has considerable benefits for the planet in terms of reduced emissions. We also commit to recycling and minimising resources used in our direct mail, packaging and warehousing.