Ca’lyah brings together renowned international designers and artisans from around the world. Our design approach combines Nordic sensibilities with a curiosity to explore different traditions in a conscious interplay of cultures. We launch editions to express positive human values and stories that can be realised through design and art objects with strong environmental qualities.
Ca’lyah was established in Copenhagen in 2019 by Nigel Majakari.
Our 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 idea for the company was inspired by Nigel´s experiences in the small rural workshops and family homes of Tamil wood furniture and stone carving artisans. The name embeds the value of artisanal craft in Ca´lyah´s DNA, and tells their story.
We bring together designers, artisans and craftspeople from different cultures to explore the value of dialogue and cooperation. In the exchange we learn and grow. We design signature products to last a generation or more and use only the finest natural and circular materials. We help create positive change by partnering with highly skilled makers living in underserved communities. Through our products and editions, we create conversations about issues that matter.