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Bend Goods

Bend Goods

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Bend Goods is proof that wire furniture doesn't have to be boring...or uncomfortable. From design to fabrication, see how their signature Lucy chair was made.

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- I love this chair from the 1950s, the Bertoia chair. It's this really cool wire Mid-Century Modern chair, and I really wanted to re-invent it with new colors, and new patterns, and just a whole new process of understanding the wire chair. I see a chair as a tool to bring everyone together. I really try to marry sculpture and function in the pieces that I create. My name is Gaurav Nanda, and I'm the founder and creator of Bend Goods. We are a wire furniture company based here in Los Angeles, California. Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated with wire. I would take it and create geometric figures, or I'd create little art pieces out of them. I grew up in Michigan, where it's super cold. But, when I was a kid, we would come out to Palm Springs in Southern California, and just explore, and Palm Springs has this really beautiful Mid-Century vibe to it. It's kind of like its own little oasis. It had such an impact on what I do. The Lucy's chair is what really started Bend Goods. With that one product, I've been able to create multiple different products that people really want to take and put in their home. My design philosophy is just, keep it really simple, but yet have these patterns in there, to make it more unique. When I designed the Lucy chair, I wanted to take my own spin on designing a dining chair. I started just by doing some rough sketches. I just wanted to incorporate form and function. I would play a lot with the back of the patterns, trying to get the triangles in different shapes and manipulations. Then I'd take the sketch that I'd created and put it into a 3D model, and that's when it really comes to life. Once we get a 3D model that we're really in love with, then we're gonna take the dimensions off of that, and create the actual physical model. The first thing we do is, we select our iron and cut it to size. There's so many different pieces within a chair that we're making. Each one of those pieces needs to be cut. We bend each one to the right degree and angle. Then it's time to start assembling the chair. We create the edge first, we weld that together, and then we create the legs of the chair. Once those are created, we start welding the seat of the chair, then we start doing the back of the chair. We remove any debris that might be created from the welding process. Once the chair's welded together, it's time to finish it. We take it to the powder coater, and we add another modern design element to the chair. Powder coating is just a powder that is sprayed onto the chair. We can do it in a range of colors, any color under the rainbow. It's put into the oven for about 20 minutes, and what's happening is that the powder is melting and seeping into the metal. What that does is it protects it from the elements, and it also gives it this beautiful color. After it's baked, we take it out, let it cool, and the chair's ready to go. What makes it special to me is just the uniqueness of it, that I was able to take an idea and create an actual functional piece of art that people wanna sit in, and use, and put in their own home.

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