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Autumn in Paris

Autumn kicks off in Paris with the infamous trade show Maison et Objet. It is essentially a trade only event but many Parisians take the opportunity to browse the show for inspiration and ideas. This exhibition takes trade stand design to a whole new level with companies constructing entire buildings to showcase their new collections. [...]

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Village of Hopes and Dreams: Celebrating 10 Years

We support the charity ‘The Village of Hopes and Dreams’, Manacare Foundation.  We first heard about this charity through a friend, who shared her story of a woman she knew called Joy, who had flown to Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Tsunami to try and help in any way she could.  A month after the [...]

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Behind the scenes: Autumn Winter 2015 Photo Shoot

The new Autumn Winter Collection  was exciting to shoot as it includes a variety of materials and textures and our creative team has been busy bringing these new pieces to life. As usual we have been on the hunt for new and unusual places to set the scenes for our lifestyle photography.  The search took us far and [...]

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Against All Odds: The Boat Race

The Nkuku team recently braved the high waters of the river Dart to raise money for local charities and community projects.  The Long bow canoe festival has become an annual event for Nkuku.  It takes place on the banks of the river Dart, in Totnes. The day involves picnics and paddling, with team members dragging [...]

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Summer Dining

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the summer months at Nkuku. We’re excited about paddling in the sea, outdoor music festivals, and above all dining outdoors with friends. We think our collection looks perfect in an alfresco dining setting, but we thought we’d consult some experts about how to make the perfect summer salad. Here are the favourite recipes of our [...]

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For the Love of Mango Wood

Mango wood is a natural material that forms a significant part of the collections we produce, from table top items to pieces of furniture. We wanted to share with you some of the reasons why we have such a love for this age old wood. This beautiful material has many distinctive properties and characteristics; it has a unique colouring and can [...]

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The Story Behind Our Enamelware

We launched our first enamelware collection four years ago and it has been a great success, with the traditional tiffins being a firm favourite. Our enamelware proves to be the perfect year-round gift, but it does tend to peak in popularity during the sunny season. Some tell us they use the enamelware for picnics because they are [...]

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Delectable Cocktails

May is the month of bank holidays; a time for gatherings, bringing together friends and family. It’s a time to relax and enjoy the first signs of summer. What better way to kick things off than with a few delicious cocktails? Our first libation was apparently a favourite of Ernest Hemmingway, a man synonymous not only with great writing, but a fondness [...]

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The First Chapter

Our very first Nkuku product was a recycled cotton notebook handmade in Rajasthan. We spent five weeks working closely with the artisans to produce a collection of stationary that we hoped would sell well in the UK. The entire process was as fascinating to us then as it is today. Each piece of paper is [...]

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Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight

Fair Trade Fortnight (23 February – 8th March) provides a great opportunity to raise the profile of fair trade producers. Nkuku supports a number of fair trade projects.  Our Mali pottery collection is handmade in southern India as part of a fair trade scheme. The scheme was established to provide training and secure employment for men and [...]

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  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.