I grew up in South East Asia and have traveled extensively through the region. Throughout the years I’ve noticed the design scene in places like Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore just keep getting better and better. From small batch pottery to hand blocked batiks, there’s something for everyone that isn’t mass produced or readily available on every corner.
New To Kayu: Inspired Gifts
This holiday season I’m so excited to introduce a small collection of South East Asian makers to you. Each item has been carefully hand-selected by our team for their quality, design aesthetic and uniqueness.
From books you won’t find anywhere else to a beauty collection which incorporates ingredients like turmeric and coconut, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your loved one….or yourself.
Stay tuned for profiles of all the makers and for gift sets that will make your holiday gifting easy peasy.
Lost Guides: Bali Islands By Anna Chittenden
A unique, stylish and offbeat travel guide to Bali and its surrounding islands. This book highlights over 130 of the most delightful and special spots around Bali, Nusa Lembongan, Lombok, Gili Islands and the Komodo Islands.
KAYU signature candle
Our signature candle is inspired by Bali and is a tribute to the island’s tropical atmosphere. All of our candles are hand poured in Oakland, CA. Each candle is held in a concrete vessel that is sculpted by hand individually in Los Angeles and bears the mark of the artist.
Root Remedies Black Seed Coconut Lotion combines the healing effects of black seed oil and the nourishing effects of coconut oil. It’s also ideal for sun recovery.
Lost Guides: Singapore by Anna Chittenden
This book features over 120 of the most special spots in Singapore, from cool coffee shops and fabulous food to authentic Asian art galleries and wild nature walks. The book also includes interviews with local creatives and pieces of local literature.
Grandma’s Recipes By Christal Sih
A compilation of transcribed recipes, writings and photographic collages by Singaporean graphic designer Christal Sih. Grandma’s Recipes was conceived over one winter break when she was home from college. She had a month to learn and compile these recipes from her grandma who doesn’t cook with recipes (just off the top of her head!) so had to record them as she cooked.
Argan Oil by Root Remedies
Root Remedies is a natural skincare brand founded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All their products are handcrafted in small batches using fruits, flowers, and spices and herbs found in South East Asia. Their minimal packaging and use of a few selected natural ingredients is a testament to the mantra ‘less is more’. Their Argan oil is full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, making it excellent at nourishing dry and sensitive skin.
Root Remedies Turmeric Lemon Eye Serum will remove dark circles as well as relieve puffy eyes, leaving your eyes looking bright and energized.