INDO- is an award-winning contemporary furniture and homeware design studio based in Providence, RI and New Delhi, India. Founded by Urvi Sharma and Manan Narang, both of whom grew up in New Delhi and met in Providence while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the brand was launched at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2018 in New York. INDO- is a product of living in and experiencing both places and cultures. Experimenting with traditional craft processes and modern manufacturing methods to create contemporary objects, INDO- produces work that is both innovative and acknowledges the places and people who inspire it.
Manan is an architect, furniture designer, and maker. Having completed his B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2011, he worked in his family-owned furniture retail and manufacturing business – Lifestyle Furnishers – in New Delhi before moving to America. In 2018, he completed his MFA in Furniture Design from RISD. His aptitude for highly demanding, detail-oriented design work along with his experience in manufacturing and construction methods has allowed him to deconstruct and distill traditional craft processes as the inspiration for his design work.
Urvi is a furniture and product designer based in Providence. She completed her BFA in Furniture Design at RISD in 2017. She has worked with a number of furniture and product design companies in the United States, UK and India, including Established & Sons, Bethan Laura Wood, Nicobar and Studio Endo. She uses her experiences growing up in India and working across the world to develop a unique design process that embraces aspects of both Indian and American design and production.
According to Narang, weaving as a craft is still highly relevant unlike basketry or carving. All three processes have been mechanized but hand-woven fabrics/rugs still hold high economic and perceived value. Through their designs, Sharma and Narang have used Indian craft to put a unique spin on a range of furniture pieces including barstools, tables, benches, chairs, rugs and other items. The duo have successfully created modern furniture pieces that reference traditional dyeing and weaving methods from their childhoods in New Delhi, India. According to Narang, deconstructing traditional methods‚ finding what makes a process special‚ is at the core of their philosophy.