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Hold rolled blankets or towels, magazines and other Sunday reading, toys or other stockpiles of life in these hand-wrought wire baskets inspired by those found in small villages to collect crops. Bend Goods designer Gaurav Nanda and his L.A. studio team painstakingly hand bend and arrange the wires to ensure structural strength. Like Bend's chairs, tables and trophy heads, the baskets are made of iron that can be repeatedly recycled. Sandblasted, then pre-treated with anti-rust zinc primer and powder coated for extended life inside and out or metal plated for indoor use only. Great in the living room, the bathroom or kitchen, on a floor or table.
Around the Bend is a bright and happy place to be when speaking of the cool iron wire furniture from Los Angeles' own Bend Goods. In true Southern Cali style, these corrosion-resistant pieces with their pop of powder-coat color can easily meander from indoors to outside. Sculptor, designer and entrepreneur Gaurav Nanda perfected the signature process he calls "bending"—shaping and spot welding the wire by hand—to achieve intricate patterns in Bend's furniture, lighting and accessories.
Michigan native Gaurav, formerly a designer for General Motors, values performance just as much as polish. The structural strength of each piece of furniture is contract grade, while the ergonomics and the spacing of the wires assure comfort and utility. Environmental impact is also a concern, and he envisions each piece as something built to last a lifetime, fabricated from the plentiful resource iron and sustainable woods. Though Gaurav's work draws on the legacy of modernist objects in wire, he wants "to offer something different, something edgier."