The first Wonderable collection went on sale in the Netherlands in late 2009. Since then, Wonderable has grown by leaps and bounds. Wonderable home accessories are already on sale in the better home furnishing shops in twenty-eight countries (including Germany, France, the US and Japan).
Wonderable makes beautiful home accessories that combine the best of two worlds. Based in the Netherlands, we place our design talent and marketing expertise at the service of traditional craftspeople from faraway lands. In this way we contribute to the creation of skilled jobs and prosperity for people in these countries. The great thing about it is, the more Wonderables we sell, the more beautiful the world gets.
Carla Peters, founder and designer
After working as a designer for a number of clients, in 2009 Carla Peters made her dream a reality.
Wonderable allows her to combine her knowledge of original, exotic crafts techniques with her ideas about design and décor. 'I love working with others to make beautiful products in a beautiful way. Ideally, everyone whos involved in my designs should benefit. When Im able to make that happen, Im thrilled.
About the makers
Wonderable works with craftspeople from around the globe: Bangladesh, Bolivia, India, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam: countries where industrialised production is not yet widespread and traditional crafts techniques are handed down from generation to generation. Many of these techniques are unique to a small part of the world. The love of the makers for their work is a constant source of inspiration in the design of new Wonderables. You can feel the care that goes into each handmade Wonderable.
Mai, Vietnam - Cubic Dream Series
The Producer Mai is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnams economic capital in the south. It began as a project to provide opportunities for street children and has grown into an organisation that cooperates with workshops throughout the country. Young people get the chance to learn a trade, while knowledge of traditional crafts techniques - many of them centuries old - is preserved and passed down. Its a win-win situation.
Crisil, Bolivia - KRNWTR CarafeCrisil is a small factory in a mountain valley near Cochabamba, Bolivia, that recycles bottles into glassware. Wonderable was drawn to Crisil by the rough charm of the glass and the quality of the hand decoration, especially in the patterned cut glass, which is normally seen in Europe only in expensive crystal.
Allpa, Peru - Black Mango and Peru Polka Vase
Allpa is a well-run organisation founded by two sociologists who wanted to celebrate their country and its wealth and variety of traditional crafts. Based in Lima, Allpa works with producers throughout the country. The techniques vary per region. Pottery, true to tradition, is made in the northern town of Chulucanas, while textiles come mainly from the Andes. Allpa also devotes itself to the further development of existing handwork techniques.
Wonderable sources from small-scale, independent producers in faraway lands that operate under the guidelines of fair trade. That means that they work sustainably, meet the environmental and safety standards established by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and include social improvement in their goals. By providing jobs they secure a better income for craftspeople. Increased prosperity in turn means better health and more schooling for children. The entire community benefits and thrives