We are overjoyed to have discovered Gaurav Nanda’s work. In a market where there is no dearth for seating manufacturers, dominated by the Millers & Kartells, his work is refreshing. An outdoor & indoor collection in simple patterns bent to perfection. They say they bend things to shape our lives! We love the cruelty free animal heads that are for your wall or maybe even your head.
This is what Gaurav Nanda had to say about himself & Bend–
What inspires you?
Music! Inspiration comes from everywhere but music plays a crucial role in my process. New songs and artists are constantly playing in the workshop, which makes for a lively and happier work environment too.
I also take cues from the work of Buckminster Fuller, who created the geodesic dome, moviemaker Wes Anderson, and my mother’s handmade macramé plant-holders. In a way, the patterns used in my work can be traced to my Indian heritage.
Tell us a little bit about your studio process. How do you come up with designs for your furniture?
The design process starts with something I see, like maybe a cup I am inspired by or a certain type of bird. From there, I sketch out some rough concept drawings of what the furniture might look like. I play around with scale and shape, and once I have some solid ideas I build paper models with vellum paper and clear tape. Previously I built products in a 3D software program, but I am finding it more and more useful and tangible to see a physical form.
|This is what you can do if you buy 2 chairs from Bend|
What’s your approach to decorating?
I like to uncluttered spaces and prefer to mix old with the new. Family photographs are displayed in mix-match frames, and handmade antiques from India are a part of my decor. Re-purposed industrial-style furnishings with their wear and imperfection appeal to me. Raw, rougher-textured materials such as aged wood and steel are used throughout my space as well
|Cruelty free animals for your wall or maybe your head!|
|Bend exclusive outdoor collection for West Elm|
Photos courtesy West Elm & Bend