Designs from Melbourne. Talent from the Milingimbi community.
Ramvek’s founding director, Mark White, teamed up with not-for-profit Aboriginal Organisation ALPA to form Manapan Furniture, a unique Australian furniture company which not only creates exquisite furniture, but also provides trade skills and much needed employment opportunities for indigenous communities off the coast of Arnhem Land.
Located on Milingimbi and Elcho Islands in the Northern Territory,the business has built a strong relationship with the local Milingimbi School – the aim being to provide work experience for students so they can learn a trade which will help them live an independent life and break the welfare cycle.
Manapan Furniture is a self-funding venture which operates independent of local and federal government funding. It is backed by Ramvek who is not gaining financially in any way. Any money that is made is put back into the community.
Master craftsman from Melbourne, Rob Crisfield, heads up and mentors the team of local indigenous workers learning the craft of furniture building. Manapan Furniture has fully equipped workshops which produce beautiful furniture working in collaboration with some of Australia’s leading furniture designers and creatives.
The key to Manapan’s furniture is its design – the team bring to life incredible designs using local timbers and crafts from the area, the end result is unique fine furniture.