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.
Manapan collaborates with some of our leading Australian furniture designers and creatives.
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.”
The biggest employer of Aboriginal people in Australia, it gives us the support we need to develop a sustainable 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.
Rob Crisfield is our master craftsman. For many years Rob had his own furniture manufacturing business in Melbourne before he headed up north.
himself in the local community and gained their respect.
initially using traditional techniques with minimal machinery and the tools he had gathered.
Manapan is a business owned and operated by Yolngu, the indigenous people who have lived in Arnhem Land for over 50,000 years.
having traded with the Macassan and Chinese for over 500 years before the European settlement of Australia.