Nothing is more discouraging to a product designer than seeing their work emulated by a large corporation. So you have to hand it to West Elm for their recent collaborations, where they work directly with designers to create more accessible products for the West Elm line. Case in point, Gaurav Nanda's Bend Chair, which we featured last year after spotting it at Dwell on Design. Nanda, a Los Angeles-based onetime car designer, uses bent wires in a series of geometric patterns to create a surprisingly comfortable seat. For details, see below:
Above: The West Elm Bend Dining Chair is available in white or yellow for $249 and $498 for a pair (currently on sale for $119 and $239, respectively). The Dining Cushion is available separately for $24 (currently on sale for $15.99 from West Elm).
Above: The Farmhouse Lounge Chair from the original Bend line, with the backrest inspired by the structural design of old Amish barns. Shown here in peacock blue for $495 from A+R Store; also available in orange and white.