KAYU Studio is a design lead, considered and curated furniture and homeware store based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

Founded by James Mitchell, KAYU Studio source and design functional pieces, thoughtfully produced by local artisans throughout New Zealand and Indonesia.

James grew up surfing in Mount Maunganui and love for the ocean led him on a path to Indonesia. Residing on the island of Bali it was here that KAYU was born.

James holds a degree in business and has spent the last decade living in Bali, working on a number of projects including building and establishing an interior design and property management company, Salt Villas. With a focus on renovating and decorating elevated accommodation. James is currently based in Indonesia, sourcing and working closely with KAYU’s trusted craftsmen.

Grounded in a strong ethos, KAYU studio strives to create a mindful curation of furniture and homeware, intentional in design and thoughtfully created through fair trade practices. Beyond sustainability, at the heart of KAYU are regenerative methods, seeking to better the environment with each step of the journey.