Our Story

ManaKayu is a small, family-owned and operated business brought on by our decade-long residency in the beautiful Island of Bali. Our travels throughout Indonesia, as well as our experiences and knowledge of the country, helped form our passion and respect for the talented local artisans and the abundance of high-quality wood and fabric. Our curated collections came from months of working with various furniture makers, craftsmen, and seamstresses from Bali and Java, not only producing products you will love to own, but providing work and income for locals that desperately need it now during this worldwide pandemic.

Candi Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia | 2012


Michael was born and raised in Pacific Beach before traveling to chase waves & make wine in countries including New Zealand and Australia. He has lived in Bali for 10 years and only recently returned to San Diego to introduce ManaKayu to southern California homes.

Kristin has also called Bali her home for a decade, but is originally from the suburbs of the Philippines. She is a teacher that has been traveling and living in countries like Japan, Indonesia, and the US for the past 20 years.

Michael’s agricultural knowledge and passion for woodworks helped in ensuring the quality and functionality of the pieces. While Kristin, an artist at heart, fine-tuned the pieces to make sure they are not only functional but also attractive.

We hope you enjoy browsing our products, which we have carefully and personally custom-made with your good taste in mind. Please contact us for any comments or inquiries.

Michael & Kristin


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