Our MAKARLU Story

In our hometown of Brisbane, Australia—after decades of experience in Pilates, allied health, and movement studios—we felt a need.

Inspiration was found in the natural formations, environments, and concepts encountered in a series of trips to central Australia and Japan.

The seeds for MAKARLU were planted.

Functionality is at the heart of our designs, but creating something beautiful that inspires people to pick it up and start moving is an equally important aspect of the process.

We wanted a movement and release prop that was ‘just right’. 

We even drew early inspiration from Goldilocks, Marie Kondo, and matryoshka dolls.

The desire was for a versatile product that our clients, teachers and practitioners could use for the whole body—one that was nice enough to leave out on display as a reminder to move, rather than stashed away in a cupboard or drawer.

And so the MAKARLU® nesting domes were born—all-in-one, to adapt to the unique needs of every individual.

MAKARLU Lotus

With MAKARLU, our ambition is to create highly versatile movement, sensory, and release products—with an emphasis on premium materials and attention to style. 

Over time we have accumulated all manner of mobility and release tools, many of which are intended for a specific purpose, manufactured out of unknown materials, and without much consideration given to how they look.

Our designs focus equally on function and form, i.e. they need to be really useful, while also looking the part in your home, workplace, studio—or wherever you may go. We consider MAKARLU designs to be as much exercise props as they are pieces of art.

MAKARLU was born of a collaboration of minds from a diversity of backgrounds, lots of ideas (including a fair share of bad ones), extensive research and rigorous testing, insistence on premium materials, and inspiration drawn from nature—though it’s just the beginning for our small family-owned and operated Australian business.