Letter From Bangalore

Chandigarh's iconic chairs: Ordinary in India but exquisite elsewhere

The reading nook in a Bangalore stylist's home uses the affordably remade Chandigarh office chair.
The reading nook in a Bangalore stylist's home uses the affordably remade Chandigarh office chair. PHOTO: HOMECANVAS.COM
Polishers in Phantom Hands, Bangalore, readying the remakes of Chandigarh chairs for export.
Polishers in Phantom Hands, Bangalore, readying the remakes of Chandigarh chairs for export.PHOTO: PHANTOM HANDS
Mr Laxman Vaidya bought Phantom Hands’ handmade renditions of the iconic Chandigarh chairs for the long hours he works in Symphony Asia, a private equity office in Singapore.
Mr Laxman Vaidya bought Phantom Hands’ handmade renditions of the iconic Chandigarh chairs for the long hours he works in Symphony Asia, a private equity office in Singapore.PHOTO: COURTESY OF LAXMAN VAIDYA

BANGALORE - When shopping online for furniture these days, it is nearly impossible to miss a particularly linear wooden armchair with V-legs and a cane woven seat.

For about three years now, decor pages on Instagram and Pinterest have placed the angular chair beside plush sofas in Manhattan studios, around great Belgian dining tables or as a warm accent piece beside a French window.

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