Guarav Nanda, the Los Angeles designer behind the Bend collection of brilliantly colored indoor-outdoor wire chairs you've probably seen in stores and restaurants across Southern California, has a bistro table and chair launching through West Elm on Tuesday for just $249 to $299 -- an attractive price for anyone who's been following Nanda's line.
We first discovered Bend in May 2011 -- at the time noting that the materials and production translated to prices ($450 to $495 per chair) that were on the high end. The new designs for West Elm are less expensive but also less intricate, with thicker wires spaced wider apart, Nanda said in an e-mail. "They were probably able to make them at a lower cost because of the fact that everything is finished overseas, and being a much bigger company they are able to get better pricing for manufacturing."
The West Elm pieces still have the Bend vibe that caught our eye and made Bend the outdoor chair winner in our 2011 feature defining the California look of the moment. As a former automotive designer, Nanda's signature is a fluid, graceful silhouette with geometric detailing that not only provides visual interest but also structural support.