With 300 trade partners from all over the world, lifestyle brand Obakki connects people through modern design. The partners are people who can make a living developing ethical, high quality products to improve your connection with your space. Obakki refers to them as her global family and is in regular contact to review their happiness, health and financial independence – quality of life is a top priority in running the company.
These authentic relationships between Obakki and global craft groups also serve to preserve and honor traditional art. What you want to produce by working together are limited edition household goods in small numbers that you want to keep for a long time, maybe even pass on. Each of these products reflects the brand values of sustainability, traceability and ethical production. It also points out how their consumption affects the environment and communities. Through these methods, Obakki can ensure sustainability, integrity and respect while at the same time helping to promote and protect the crafts of its partners.
4 ″ totem candles, set of 5
Handcrafted by a family business in Ishikawa, Japan
The family who make these sustainable vegan sumac candles have been creating traditional Japanese candles – known as “wa-rousoku” – since 1892. Their design is inspired by plant-based raw materials, while their unique shapes are inspired by the plants grown in the region. Each candle is made from wax extracted from the fruits of the Japanese Haze tree and uses a special, 16th century hollow wick that creates larger, brighter flames.
Black naked vase, small
Handcrafted in Australia’s Byron Bay
Born and raised in Brazil, now living in Byron Bay, Australia, this maker looks for imperfections in nature and materials that can be found in her local landscape in order to be inspired. This stunning handcrafted organic shape vase made in her studio from natural clay looks just as beautiful with a bouquet of flowers as it does standing on its own.
Hand-carved 12 ″ redwood bowl
Hand carved in Northern Mali
Maker Amadou lives in northern Mali and started practicing his trade at the age of eight when he learned from his father. Each of its bowls is hard carved from upcycled, restored African redwood using techniques that have been used for generations. These pretty traditional wooden bowls can do double duty, use them to serve a salad and then as a decorative piece when not in use.
The love of looking for opportunities and connecting with individuals has led to the inspiring story behind the brand. Treana Peake is the woman behind Obakki. As an experienced traveler, she also has an eye for design and the desire to make a difference in our world. In 2005, shortly afterwards, she founded Obakki with the Obakki Foundation.
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