Combining Nordic sensibilities with a curiosity to explore different traditions in a conscious interplay of cultures, the Calyah pop-up showroom opens at the London Design Festival. Installation exhibits design editions from multi-award winning designers Margrethe Odgaard, Boris Berlin, and Satyendra Pakhalé.
Ca’lyah was founded in Copenhagen by entrepreneur Nigel Majakari who was inspired by his work and experiences in the small rural workshops and family homes of Tamil wood furniture and stone carving artisans in South India.
The name Ca´lyah is made up of two root words in ancient Sanskrit that relate to the ideas of “giftedness” and the “performance” of the gift or talent. These words were used in the context of traditional artisans working with stone and wood crafts, as well as musical and dance performances connected to religious traditions. The name embeds the value of artisanal craft in Ca´lyah´s DNA, and tells their story.
We design and craft collectible design and exceptional products to be enjoyed for a life time and made from the finest natural and circular materials ● We bring together designers, artisans and craftspeople from different cultures to express the values of dialogue and cooperation ● We are dedicated to developing the next generation of crafts people in underserved communities by financing skills academy programmes through the sales of our products ● Through our products and editions, we tell human stories and create conversations about issues that matter.