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6 December 2023

Episode 626

29 minutes


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In 2015, Sophie Garnier and her husband moved to Myanmar in search of adventure. There they found talented artisans who were crafting exquisite goods but had limited access to wider markets. This inspired Garnier to establish homeware brand Kalinko. She tells us about some of the hurdles that she has faced in navigating Myanmar’s political instability. Plus: Pernille Lind, co-founder of Lind + Almond design studio, discusses her collaboration with her business partner, Richy Almond, and how her design philosophy blends the familiar and the exotic.

6 December 2023

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Chapter 1

Kalinko

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Sophie Garnier founded homeware brand Kalinko after being inspired by the untapped potential of artisans in her adopted home of Myanmar. Garnier describes the challenges of sustaining a business there and why her long-term vision is centred on social impact. She explains how building alliances with larger players in the sustainable market can help to raise awareness of the value of traditional crafts.

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Lind + Almond

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Pernille Lind tells us about her award-winning design studio Lind + Almond, her collaboration with her business partner Richy Almond and her aesthetic philosophy, which blends the familiar with the exotic. She discusses the importance of trust in client-designer relationships and explains why she is constantly seeking ever more challenging projects.

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