Caribbean Beat Magazine

Mara Made Designs — wood for life

Jamaican furniture line Mara Made Designs gives salvaged wood an elegant and environmentally friendly twist

  • Guinep Table. Photography courtesy Mara Made Designs
  • Entrance Table. Photography courtesy Mara Made Designs
  • Black Root Table. Photography courtesy Mara Made Designs

After years of working in the corporate world, Tamara Harding kissed her nine-to-five job goodbye, to delve into her creative talents. The inspiring Jamaican creator brought together her love of working with tools, design, and helping the environment to launch the furniture line Mara Made Designs. Her organic and fascinating pieces are all made from salvaged wood which Harding “brings back to life” with the utmost elegance. She combines them with stained glass, metal, and wicker, making wonderful yet functional works of art. Her motto “no wood left behind” has also pushed her to create wearable art, such as necklaces and cuffs. Harding’s unending passion will next continue with an exploration of streetwear and an expansion of her home and kitchen line, to be exported worldwide.