Australian furniture designs brought carefully to life
Designs from Melbourne. Talent from the Milingimbi community.
Manapan is a unique Australian furniture company. It was set up to develop skills and employment and what we have created is a place where exquisite furniture is produced.
Started by Mark White, founding director of Melbourne interior fitout company Ramvek
Manapan collaborates with some of our leading Australian furniture designers and creatives.
“In my mind was a vision of beautiful, handmade Australian furniture which could sit comfortably
in the foyer of a corporate office or in the sitting room of a luxury apartment. I also wanted the furniture to incorporate indigenous Australian art.”
ALPA, a not for profit Aboriginal corporation, is the guiding force behind the scenes.
The biggest employer of Aboriginal people in Australia, it gives us the support we need to develop a sustainable business.
A sustainable future Manapan is a self-sufficient, self-funding business.
Our dream is to see the children and grandchildren of the team working here now, working here in the future. We have great support from the local school with work experience programs.
Built by tradition
Rob Crisfield is our master craftsman. For many years Rob had his own furniture manufacturing business in Melbourne before he headed up north.
Rob is also a patient teacher who has immersed
himself in the local community and gained their respect.
Rob has been with Manapan from the beginning of our journey.
initially using traditional techniques with minimal machinery and the tools he had gathered.
Yolngu – the people of Eastern Arnhem Land
Manapan is a business owned and operated by Yolngu, the indigenous people who have lived in Arnhem Land for over 50,000 years.
Yolngu have a rich and industrious history
having traded with the Macassan and Chinese for over 500 years before the European settlement of Australia.
Manapan continues this strong tradition.
Each piece brings the
Milingimbi story along with it
The MANAPAN custom made furniture collection features timber furniture pieces – the finest handmade furniture made by the craftsmen of the Milingimbi community. To create our designer furniture Australian designers work closely with the indigenous community who build it.